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Photodissociable dimer reduction products of 2-thiopyrimidine derivatives.

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  • Chemistry
  • Physics


Both 4,6-dimethyl-2-thipyrimidine and its 1-methyl derivative undergo polarographic reduction in aqueous medium, via a 1e/1H+ reduction to a free radical which rapidly dimerizes to products isolates and identified as 4,4'-bis-(4,6-dimethyl-3,4-dihydropyrimidin-2-thione) and the corresponding 1-methyl dimer. The dimers may be oxidized electrolytically to regenerate the parent monomers. Both dimers also undergo photodissociation to quantitatively regenerate the parent monomers, in high quantum yield, 0.23 and 0.35 M/Einstein. The correlation between electrochemical and photochemical reductions of 2-thiopyrimidines are discussed, as well as the significance of the dimer photodissociation reactions in relation to nucleic acid photochemistry.

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