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Molecules, Vol. 24, Pages 3683: 5-Fluorouracil--Complete Insight into Its Neutral and Ionised Forms (Molecules)

5-Fluorouracil (5FU), a common anti-cancer drug, occurs in four tautomeric forms and possesses two potential sites of both protonation and deprotonation. Tautomeric and resonance structures of the ionized forms of 5FU create the systems of connected equilibriums. Since there are contradictory reports on the ionized forms of 5FU in the literature, complex theoretical studies on neutral, protonated and deprotonated forms of 5FU, based on the broad spectrum of DFT methods, are presented. These indicate that the O4 oxygen is more willingly protonated than the O2 oxygen and the N1 nitrogen is more willingly deprotonated than the N3 nitrogen in a gas phase. Such preferences are due to advantageous charge delocalization of the respective ions, which is demonstrated by the NBO and ESP analyses. In an aqueous phase, stability differences between respective protonated and deprotonated forms of 5FU are significantly diminished due to the competition between the mesomeric effect and solvation. The calculated pKa values of the protonated, neutral and singly deprotonated 5FU indicate that 5FU does not exist in the protonated and double-deprotonated forms in the pH range of 0–14. The neutral form dominates below pH 8 and the N1 deprotonated form dominates above pH 8.

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