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Deamination of Adenine by Ionizing Radiation

Cyril Ponnamperuma, R. M. Lemmon, E. L. Bennett and Melvin Calvin
New Series, Vol. 134, No. 3472 (Jul. 14, 1961), p. 113
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A small amount of hypoxanthine is formed when a solution of adenine is irradiated. This has been detected by using C$^{14}$-labeled adenine and the techniques of paper chromatography and liquid-scintillation counting. The biological significance of this conversion is suggested.

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