Photohydrates of cytidine and cytidylic acids have been definitively characterized to be isomeric 6-hydroxy-5,6-dihydrocytosine derivatives. It has also been demonstrated by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy that (1) the stereochemistry of photohydration is random, (2) the C5-H trans to the C6-OH undergoes a rapid selective exchange in the presence of proton acids, and (3) the dehydration of photohydrates is a trans-elimination. The mechanism of these processes is discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - 1978|
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