Models for cytochromes c′: Spin states of mono(imidazole)-ligated (meso-tetramesitylporphyrinato)iron(III) complexes as studied by UV-Vis, 13C NMR, 1H NMR, and EPR spectroscopy

Akira Ikezaki, Mikio Nakamura

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A number of mono(imidazole)-ligated complexes of perchloro(meso-tetramesitylporphyrinato)iron(III), [Fe(TMP)L]-ClO4, have been prepared, and their spin states have been examined by 1H NMR, 13C NMR, and EPR spectroscopy as well as solution magnetic moments. All the complexes examined have shown a quantum mechanical spin admixed state of high and intermediate-spin (S = 5/2 and 3/2) states though the contribution of the S = 3/2 state varies depending on the nature of axial ligands. While the complex with extremely bulky 2-tert-butylimidazole (2-iBuIm) has exhibited an essentially pure S = 5/2 state, the complex with electron-deficient 4,5-dichloroimidazole (4,5-Cl2Im) adopts an S = 3/2 state with 30% of the S = 5/2 spin admixture. On the basis of the 1H and 13C NMR results, we have concluded that the S = 3/2 contribution at ambient temperature increases according to the following order: 2-iBuIm < 2-(1-EtPr)Im < 2-MeIm ≤ 2-EtIm ≤ 2-iPrIm < 4,5-Cl2Im. The effective magnetic moments determined by the Evans method in CH2Cl2 solution are 5.9 and 5.0 μB at 25°C for [Fe(TMP)(2-iBuIm)]ClO4 and [Fe(TMP)-(2-MeIm)]ClO4, respectively, which further verify the order given above. Comparison of the NMR and EPR data has revealed that the S = 3/2 contribution changes sensitively by the temperature; the S = 3/2 contribution decreases as the temperature is lowered for all the mono(imidazole) complexes examined in this study. The solvent polarity also affects the spin state; polar solvents such as methanol and acetonitrile increase the S = 3/2 contribution while nonpolar solvents such as benzene decrease it. These results are explained in terms of the structurally flexible nature of the mono(imidazole) complexes; structural parameters such as the Fe(III)-Naxial bond length, displacement of the iron from the N4 core, tilting of the Fe(III)-Naxial bond to the heme normal, orientation of the coordinated imidazole ligand, etc., could be altered by the nature of the axial ligands as well as by the solvent polarity and temperature. Some mysteries on the spin states of cytochromes c′ isolated from various bacterial sources are possibly explained in terms of the flexible nature of the mono(imidazole)-ligated structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6225-6236
Number of pages12
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Dec 2

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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