Oxovanadium(IV and V) and copper(II) complexes of N-salicyl-glycylglycine and N-salicyl-glycylglycylglycine

João Costa Pessoa, Isabel Correia, Tamás Kiss, Tamás Jakusch, Margarida M.C.A. Castro, Carlos F.G.C. Geraldes

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By reaction of salicylaldehyde and GlyGly or GlyGlyGly, followed by reduction with NaBH4, N-salicyl-glycylglycine 1 and N-salicyl-glycylglycylglycine 2, the reduced Schiff bases H2sal-RGG and H2sal-RGGG, containing the GlyGly or GlyGlyGly moities, are prepared and characterised. Their acid-base properties and complexation with VIVO2+ and CuII are studied by pH-potentiometry, visible absorption and EPR spectrometries, and the protonation and complex formation constants are determined. Vanadium and copper complexes are also prepared and characterised. Differences in the metal binding abilities of 1 and 2 are found. Amide deprotonation is proved but its extent depends on the system, being particularly important in the M-H2sal-RGG systems with the formation of the (O-phenolate, N-amine, N-amide, COO-) (6+5+5)-membered joined chelate system. Depending on the system, at physiological pH this binding mode and/or 2 × (O-phenolate, N-amine) are dominant. The aminophenolate chelates formed with sal-RGG and sal-RGGG behave as anchoring donor sites and the ML and ML2 complexes, involving O-phenolate, N-amine chelation, form in higher relative concentration than in the corresponding M-GlyGly or M-GlyGlyGly systems. Moreover, while for the VIVO-H2sal-RGG system the N-amide deprotonation/co-ordination is strongly promoted, it is not so favoured in the CuII-H2sal-RGG and CuII-H2sal-RGGG systems. The increased stability induced by the additional O-phenolate donor is particularly relevant for sal-RGG and hydrolysis of the MLH-1 complexes starts several pH units higher than in the GlyGly systems. In contrast to VIV, the VV complexes formed with sal-RGGG were found to be more stable than those of sal-RGG.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4440-4450
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2002


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