Lifetimes of complexes of the antibiotic x-537a (lasalocid a) with physiological cations in methanol. Determination by NMR using a dissociative shift reagent

C. V. Krishnan, H. L. Friedman, C. S. Springer

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Using a magnetic resonance method we have determined the lifetimes of the following complexes of X-537A (HX) in methanol solution at 25° C, BaX+, 132 μs; SrX+, 34 μs; CaX+, 24 μs, and KX, 15 μs, each with an estimated uncertainty of 30%. For NaX and LiX the lifetimes are too short to measure by the present method, The lifetime found for BaX+ is considerably shorter than the result obtained by Patel and Shen using a different method. The present method depends upon the broadening of the resonance lines of certain protons in X- due to reactions such as X- + Ba2+ = BaX+, when the resonance of the proton in the "free" X- has been shifted from its normal frequency by Pr(III) which acts via the exchange PrX3 ⇌ PrX+2 + X-. To determine the lifetimes of interest the equations for a three-state spin system were derived; under the relevant conditions the final equations take the form of the Swift-Connick equations for a two-state system, with the characteristics of one of the states dependent upon the PrX3 concentration. This dependence is used to extract the life-times from the data in a novel and simple way.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-35
Number of pages13
JournalBiophysical Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1978


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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