Solution structures, stabilities, kinetics, and dynamics of DO3A and DO3A-sulphonamide complexes

Anett Takács, Roberta Napolitano, Mihály Purgel, Attila Csaba Bényei, László Zékány, Erno Brücher, Imre Tóth, Zsolt Baranyai, Silvio Aime

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The Gd3+-DO3A-arylsulphonamide (DO3A-SA) complex is a promising pH-sensitive MRI agent. The stability constants of the DO3A-SA and DO3A complexes formed with Mg2+, Ca2+, Mn2+, Zn 2+, and Cu2+ ions are similar, whereas the logK LnL values of Ln(DO3A-SA) complexes are 2 orders of magnitude higher than those of the Ln(DO3A) complexes. The protonation constant (log K MHL) of the sulphonamide nitrogen in the Mg2+, Ca 2+, Mn2+, Zn2+, and Cu2+ complexes is very similar to that of the free ligand, whereas the logKLnHL values of the Ln(DO3A-SA) complexes are lower by about 4 logK units, indicating a strong interaction between the Ln3+ ions and the sulphonamide N atom. The Ln(HDO3A-SA) complexes are formed via triprotonated*Ln(H 3DO3A-SA) intermediates which rearrange to the final complex in an OH--assisted deprotonation process. The transmetalation reaction of Gd(HDO3A-SA) with Cu2+ is very slow (t1/2 = 5.6 × 103 h at pH = 7.4), and it mainly occurs through proton-assisted dissociation of the complex. The 1H and 13C NMR spectra of the La-, Eu-, Y-, and Lu(DO3A-SA) complexes have been assigned using 2D correlation spectroscopy (COSY, EXSY, HSQC). Two sets of signals are observed for Eu-, Y-, and Lu(DO3A-SA), showing two coordination isomers in solution, that is, square antiprismatic (SAP) and twisted square antiprismatic (TSAP) geometries with ratios of 86-14, 93-7, and 94-6%, respectively. Line shape analysis of the 13C NMR spectra of La-, Y-, and Lu(DO3A-SA) gives higher rates and lower activation entropy values compared to Ln(DOTA) for the arm rotation, which indicates that the Ln(DO3A-SA) complexes are less rigid due to the larger flexibility of the ethylene group in the sulphonamide pendant arm. The fast isomerization and the lower activation parameters of Ln(DO3A-SA) have been confirmed by theoretical calculations in vacuo and by using the polarizable continuum model. The solid state X-ray structure of Cu(H2DO3A-SA) shows distorted octahedral coordination. The coordination sites of Cu 2+ are occupied by two ring N- and two carboxylate O-atoms in equatorial position. The other two ring N-atoms complete the coordination sphere in axial positions. The solid state structure also indicates that a carboxylate O atom and the sulphonamide nitrogen are protonated and noncoordinated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2858-2872
Number of pages15
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 17 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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