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Hydrogen-bonding interactions trigger a spin-flip in iron(III) porphyrin complexes

Sahoo, D., Quesne, Matthew, De Visser, S. and Prasad Rath, S. 2015. Hydrogen-bonding interactions trigger a spin-flip in iron(III) porphyrin complexes. Angewandte Chemie -International Edition in English- 54 (16) , pp. 4796-4800. 10.1002/ang.201411399

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A key step in cytochrome P450 catalysis includes the spin-state crossing from low spin to high spin upon substrate binding and subsequent reduction of the heme. Clearly, a weak perturbation in P450 enzymes triggers a spin-state crossing. However, the origin of the process whereby enzymes reorganize their active site through external perturbations, such as hydrogen bonding, is still poorly understood. We have thus studied the impact of hydrogen-bonding interactions on the electronic structure of a five-coordinate iron(III) octaethyltetraarylporphyrin chloride. The spin state of the metal was found to switch reversibly between high (S=5/2) and intermediate spin (S=3/2) with hydrogen bonding. Our study highlights the possible effects and importance of hydrogen-bonding interactions in heme proteins. This is the first example of a synthetic iron(III) complex that can reversibly change its spin state between a high and an intermediate state through weak external perturbations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1433-7851
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:58

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