Complexation of desferricoprogen with trivalent Fe, Al, Ga, In and divalent Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn metal ions: Effects of the linking chain structure on the metal binding ability of hydroxamate based siderophores

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Abstract

Complexes of the natural siderophore, desferricoprogen (DFC), with several trivalent and divalent metal ions in aqueous solution were studied by pH-potentiometry, UV-Vis spectrophotometry and cyclic voltammetry. DFC was found to be an effective metal binding ligand, which, in addition to Fe(III), forms complexes of high stability with Ga(III), Al(III), In(III), Cu(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II). Fe(II), however, is oxidized by DFC under anaerobic conditions and Fe(III) complexes are formed. By comparing the results with those of desferrioxamine B (DFB), it can be concluded that the conjugated β-double bond slightly increases the stability of the hydroxamate chelates, consequently increases the stability of mono-chelated complexes of DFC. Any steric effect by the connecting chains arises only in the bis- and tris-chelated complexes. With metal ions possessing a relatively big ionic radius (Cu(II), Ni(II), Zn(II), In(III)) DFC, containing a bit longer chains than DFB, forms slightly more stable complexes. With smaller metal ions the trend is the opposite. Also a notable difference is that stable trinuclear complex, [Cu 3L 2], is formed with DFC but not with DFB. Possible bio-relevance of the Fe(II)/Fe(III) results is also discussed in the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1957-1966
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Volume98
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2004

Keywords

  • Desferricoprogen
  • Metal complexes
  • Siderophore
  • Solution study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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