Direct detection of the mercury-nitrogen bond in the thymine-HgII-thymine base-pair with 199Hg NMR spectroscopy

Takenori Dairaku, Kyoko Furuita, Hajime Sato, Jakub Šebera, Daichi Yamanaka, Hiroyuki Otaki, Shoko Kikkawa, Yoshinori Kondo, Ritsuko Katahira, F. Matthias Bickelhaupt, Célia Fonseca Guerra, Akira Ono, Vladimír Sychrovský, Chojiro Kojima, Yoshiyuki Tanaka

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We have observed the 1-bond 199Hg-15N J-coupling (1J(199Hg,15N) = 1050 Hz) within the HgII-mediated thymine-thymine base pair (T-HgII-T). This strikingly large 1J(199Hg,15N) is the first one for canonical sp2-nitrogen atoms, which can be a sensitive structure-probe of N-mercurated compounds and a direct evidence for N-mercuration. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8488-8491
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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