Dimanganese Complexes of a Septadentate Ligand: Functional Analogues of the Manganese Pseudocatalase

P. Mathur, M. Crowder, G. C. Dismukes

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Two new dimanganese(II) complexes have been prepared and characterized as the first functional analogues of the manganese pseudocatalase enzyme of L. plantarum (Beyer, W. F.; Fridovich, I. Biochemistry 1986, 24, 6420). These have the formulas Mn2(L)Cl3(1) and Mn2(L)(OH)Br2(2) in which C1-and OH-, respectively, serve as one of two bridging ligands, the other coming from the alkoxide group of the binucleating ligand N,N,N/,N'-tetrakis(2-methylenebenz-imidazolyl)-1,3-diaminopropan-2-ol (HL). the solution structure of these complexes has been characterized by EPR spectroscopy at both 34 and 9 GHz. This reveals the presence of two equivalent high-spin Mn(II) ions electronically coupled by a weak electron spin exchange interaction. Analysis of the axial zero-field splitting (D = -0.072 cm-1) of this spin S = 5 complex in terms of the magnetic dipole interaction between the two Mn ions yields a lower limit to their separation of 3.2 A. Cyclic voltammetry reveals that three separable oxidation processes occur for 2 at Ep= 0.60 V (A), 0.80 V (B), and 1.03 V (C), while 1 exhibits only two oxidations: a reversible one-electron process at 0.57 V (A) analogous to 2 and a second oxidation at 1.18 V corresponding to B + C. the hydroxide bridge in 2 thus appears to stabilize the Mn(III) oxidation state relative to Mn(II) in comparison with the chloride bridge in 1. the binuclear complexes 1 and 2 decompose H202catalytically with an initial rate for 1 proportional to [H2O2]2[Mn2(L)Cl3]1, while mononuclear Mn(II) is ineffective. the mechanism proceeds through the initial formation of the μ-oxo-containing MnIIIintermediate, [Mn2III(L)(O)]Cl2, which is reduced by a second H202to release 02. A similar mechanism could be operating in the manganese pseudocatalase enzyme of L. plantarum, which is known to contain two Mn(III) per subunit and thus may have a binuclear Mn site.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5227-5233
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number17
StatePublished - Aug 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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