Ab initio calculations have been carried out on the reaction of NO+ with amines, using a 4‐21G basis set. The influence of solvation was investigated using one to three molecules of H2O. Geometry optimizations were carried out on reactants, products, and intermediates. The results show that loss of CH3+ is energetically favorable and this fact has implications with respect to the mechanism of carcinogenesis by dimethylnitrosamine.
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