Theoretical Study on the Excited States of Psoralen Compounds Bonded to a Thymine Residue

A. Nakata, T. Baba, H. Takahashi, H. Nakai*

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Time-dependent density functional theory calculations have been performed for the excited states of psoralen, 5-methoxypsoralen, and 8-methoxypsoralen in systems and furan and pyrone monoadducts bonded to a thymine residue. The theoretical assignments to ultraviolet (UV) absorption spectra of isolated systems have been performed. The present calculations have clarified that the excitation energies of the first singlet excited (S1) state of monoadducts are blue-shifted compared with the isolated systems. It is shown that, in particular, the S1 excitation energy of the pyrone monoadduct is significantly blue-shifted and, therefore, the pyrone monoadduct is not excited by UV-A light (300-400 nm), which is used in the photochemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-188
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Computational Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan 30


  • Density functional theory calculations
  • Psoralen compounds
  • Thymine residue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Computational Mathematics


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