Solution structure and behaviour of Δ-m-α-[Ru(R,R- picchxnMe2)(phi)]2+ by NMR spectroscopy and molecular modelling

Emma M. Proudfoot, Joel P. Mackay, Peter Karuso

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The self-association of the DNA metalloprobe Δ-cis-α-[Ru(R,R- picchxnMe2)(phi)]2+ (α-phi) in aqueous solution has been investigated using 1H NMR spectroscopy and molecular modelling. The concentration dependence of proton chemical shifts of the complex gave initial indications of a self-associated species, while its structural isomer Δ-cis-β-[Ru(R,R-picchxnMe2)(phi)]2+ (β-phi) showed no such dependence. 2D-COSY and 2D-ROESY experiments were used for the complete assignment of the proton resonances of both isomers and allowed a qualitative determination of the self-association of the a isomer through the detection of intermolecular ROEs. NMR spectroscopy can also be effectively used to differentiate Δ- and Λ-diastereomers. In addition, we show, by pulsed field gradient longitudinal eddy-current delay (PFGLED) NMR spectroscopy, that α-phi self-associates at higher concentrations with an effective molecular weight at 25 mM three times that at 2.5 mM. This apparent oligomerisation was not observed for the β-isomer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-170
Number of pages6
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2003


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