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Protonation of a peroxodiiron(III) complex and conversion to a diiron(III/IV) intermediate: implications for proton-assisted O-O bond cleavage in nonheme diiron enzymes.


ABSTRACT: Oxygenation of a diiron(II) complex, [Fe(II)(2)(?-OH)(2)(BnBQA)(2)(NCMe)(2)](2+) [2, where BnBQA is N-benzyl-N,N-bis(2-quinolinylmethyl)amine], results in the formation of a metastable peroxodiferric intermediate, 3. The treatment of 3 with strong acid affords its conjugate acid, 4, in which the (?-oxo)(?-1,2-peroxo)diiron(III) core of 3 is protonated at the oxo bridge. The core structures of 3 and 4 are characterized in detail by UV-vis, Mössbauer, resonance Raman, and X-ray absorption spectroscopies. Complex 4 is shorter-lived than 3 and decays to generate in ~20% yield of a diiron(III/IV) species 5, which can be identified by electron paramagnetic resonance and Mössbauer spectroscopies. This reaction sequence demonstrates for the first time that protonation of the oxo bridge of a (?-oxo)(?-1,2-peroxo)diiron(III) complex leads to cleavage of the peroxo O-O bond and formation of a high-valent diiron complex, thereby mimicking the steps involved in the formation of intermediate X in the activation cycle of ribonucleotide reductase.

SUBMITTER: Cranswick MA 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC3462276 | BioStudies | 2012-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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