Radiation and Environmental Biophysics

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 311–315 | Cite as

The effects ofγ-irradiation on the hydration characteristics of DNA and polynucleotides

III. A comparative NMR study of frozen and liquid solutions
  • R. Mathur-De Vrè
  • A. J. Bertinchamps
Short Communication


The effects ofγ-irradiation and changes in the macromolecular structure on the water proton resonance spectra observed in frozen and liquid solutions have been compared for the DNA and polynucleotide solutions, using H2O or mixed H2O/D2O solvents. The results indicate that in order to obtain information concerning the role of hydration water in mediating the overall radiation damage, the NMR studies must be performed in the frozen state.


Radiation Hydration Environmental Physic Radiation Damage Liquid Solution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Mathur-De Vrè
    • 1
  • A. J. Bertinchamps
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Biophysique et Radiobiologie, Facultè des SciencesUniversitè Libre de BruxellesRhode-St GenèseBelgium

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