Influence of the nitrogen donors on nonheme iron models of superoxide reductase: High-spin FeIII-OOR complexes

Frances Namuswe, Takahiro Hayashi, Yunbo Jiang, Gary D. Kasper, Amy A. Narducci Sarjeant, Pierre Moënne-Loccoz, David P. Goldberg

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A new five-coordinate, (N4S(thiolate))FeII complex, containing tertiary amine donors, [FeII(Me4[15]aneN 4)(SPh)]BPh4 (2), was synthesized and structurally characterized as a model of the reduced active site of superoxide reductase (SOR). Reaction of 2 with tert-butyl hydroperoxide (tBuOOH) at -78°C led to the generation of the alkylperoxo-iron(III) complex [FeIII(Me 4[15]aneN4)(SPh)(OOtBu)]+ (2a). The nonthiolate-ligated complex, [FeII(Me4[15]aneN 4)(OTf)2] (3), was also reacted with tBuOOH and yielded the corresponding alkylperoxo complex [FeIII(Me4[15] aneN4)(OTf)(OOtBu)]+ (3a) at an elevated temperature of -23 °C. These species were characterized by low-temperature UV-vis, EPR, and resonance Raman spectroscopies. Complexes 2a and 3a exhibit distinctly different spectroscopic signatures than the analogous alkylperoxo complexes [FeIII([15]aneN4)(SAr)(OOR)]+, which contain secondary amine donors. Importantly, alkylation at nitrogen leads to a change from low-spin (S = 1/2) to high-spin (S = 5/2) of the iron(III) center. The resonance Raman data reveal that this change in spin state has a large effect on the ν(Fe-O) and ν(O-O) vibrations, and a comparison between 2a and the nonthiolate-ligated complex 3a shows that axial ligation has an additional significant impact on these vibrations. To our knowledge this study is the first in which the influence of a ligand trans to a peroxo moiety has been evaluated for a structurally equivalent pair of high-spin/low-spin peroxo-iron(III) complexes. The implications of spin state and thiolate ligation are discussed with regard to the functioning of SOR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-167
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 13 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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