Recent experiments on low energy ion-induced damage to DNA building blocks indicate that ion induced DNA damage is dominated by deoxyribose disintegration (Phys. Rev. Lett., 2005, 95, 153201). We have studied interactions of keV H+ and Heq+ with isolated deoxyribose molecules by means of high resolution time-of-flight spectrometry. Extensive statistical fragmentation of the molecules is observed. The fragment distribution is found to follow a power law dependence. The exponent can be used to characterize and quantify the molecular damage.
- ENERGY HEAVY-IONS
- STRAND BREAKS