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    • Pulsed laser excitation of phosphate stabilised silver nanoparticles

      Jyotirmayee Mohanty Dipak K Palit Laxminarayan V Shastri Avinash V Sapre

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      Laser flash photolysis studies were carried out on two types of silver nanoparticles prepared byγ-radiolysis of Ag+ solutions in the presence of polyphosphate as the stabiliser. Type I silver nanoparticles displayed a surface plasmon band at 390 nm. Type II silver nanoparticles showed a 390 nm surface plasmon band with a shoulder at 550 nm. On photoexcitation in the surface plasmon band region, using 35 picosecond laser pulses at 355 nm and 532 nm, the type II solutions showed transient bleaching and absorption signals in the 450–900 nm region, which did not decay appreciably up to 5 nanoseconds. These transient changes were found to get annealed in the intervalt where 5 ns<t< 100 ns. Extended photolysis of the nanoparticle solutions with repetitive laser pulses resulted in a decrease in the values of the average particle size which were measured by employing the dynamic light scattering technique.

    • Interaction of meso-tetrakis(N-methylpyridinyl)porphyrin with single strand DNAs - poly(dA), poly(dT), poly(dG) and poly(dC): A photophysical study

      Sharmistha Dutta Choudhury Jyotirmayee Mohanty Haridas Pal Achikanath C Bhasikuttan

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      Interaction between meso-tetrakis(N-methylpyridinyl)porphyrin (TMPyP) and single strand DNA homopolymers, (dA)40, (dT)40, (dG)40 and (dC)40, has been investigated using absorption, fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD) measurements. Fluorescence intensity of TMPyP is quenched in the presence of (dG)40 due to photo-induced electron transfer from dG to the excited TMPyP dye. Changes in the CD spectra of the polynucleotides in the presence of TMPyP are found to be quite different and depend on the nature of the nucleotide bases, whether purine or pyrimidine. Excitonic induced CD spectra is observed for TMPyP in the presence of pyrimidine homopolymers while negative induced CD is observed in the presence of purine homopolymers. Based on photophysical studies and CD spectra, we propose multiple binding modes of TMPyP with polynucleotides. TMPyP can bind to oligonucleotides both in monomer form as well as in the form of short stretches of stacked aggregates along the oligonucleotide backbone.

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