Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
A series of polyethyleneimine derivatives and their oligomer models with pendant thymine or adenine bases separated by β-alanyl groups as spacers were prepared by an activated ester method. To elucidate the nature of intramolecular interaction of thymine and adenine bases ultraviolet (UV) spectrophotometric studies were undertaken for the series of compounds and the results were compared with those obtained for the corresponding oligomers without spacers. In the thymine derivatives, the nature of the intramolecular interaction resembled that of the corresponding compounds without β-alanyl units, although larger hypochromicities were found in the series with β-alanyl units. In the adenine derivatives, contrary to the corresponding thymine systems, UV hypochromicities of the compounds decreased by incorporation of the spacer group into side chains. It became evident that the intramolecular interaction of adenine bases was due to stacking neutral species, hydrogen bonding, and residual hypochromicity for the protonated species.
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