The photooxidation of adenosine in presence of peroxydisulphate (PDS) has been studied by spectrophotometrically measuring the absorbance of adenosine at 260 nm. The rates of oxidation of adenosine by sulphate radical anion have been determined in the presence of different concentrations of caffeic acid. Increase in [caffeic acid] is found to decrease the rate of oxidation of adenosine suggesting that caffeic acid acts as an efficient scavenger of SO4• and protects adenosine from it. Sulphate radical anion competes for adenosine as well as for caffeic acid. The quantum yields of photooxidation of adenosine have been calculated from the rates of oxidation of adenosine and the light intensity absorbed by PDS at 254 nm, the wavelength at which PDS is activated to sulphate radical anion. From the results of experimentally determined quantum yields (Φexpt¹) and the quantum yields calculated (Φcal) assuming caffeic acid acting only as a scavenger of SO4• show that Φexpt¹ values are lower than Φexpt¹ values. The ǵf values, which are experimentally found quantum yield values at each caffeic acid concentration and corrected for4• scavenging by caffeic acid, are also found to be greater than Φexpt¹ values. These observations suggest that the transient adenosine radicals are repaired by caffeic acid in addition to scavenging of sulphate radical anions.
Volume 134, 2022
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