INSTITUTO DE QUIMICA, FISICA DE LOS MATERIALES, MEDIOAMBIENTE Y ENERGIA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Reactivity of iron(II)-bound nitrosyl hydride (HNO, nitroxyl) in aqueous solution
MONTENEGRO, ANDREA C.; BARI, SARA E.; OLABE, JOSÉ A.
JOURNAL OF INORGANIC BIOCHEMISTRY
ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2013 vol. 118 p. 108 - 108
The reactivity of coordinated nitroxyl (HNO) has been explored with the [FeII(CN)5HNO]3− complex in aqueous medium, pH 6. We discuss essential biorelevant issues as the thermal and photochemical decompositions, the reactivity toward HNO dissociation, the electrochemical behavior, and the reactionswith oxidizing and reducing agents. The spontaneous decomposition in the absence of light yielded a two-electron oxidized species, the nitroprusside anion, [FeII(CN)5NO]2-, and a negligible quantity of N2O, with kobs≈5×10−7 s−1, at 25.0 °C. Thevalue of kobs represents an upper limit for HNO release, comparable to values reported for other structurally related L ligands in the [FeII(CN)5L]n- series. These results reveal that the FeN bond is strong, suggesting a significant σ?π interaction, as already postulated for other HNO-complexes. The [FeII(CN)5HNO]3- ion showed a quasi-reversible oxidation wave at 0.32 V (vs normal hydrogen electrode), corresponding to the [FeII(CN)5HNO]3-/[FeII(CN)5NO]3-,H+ redox couple. Hexacyanoferrate(III), methylviologen and the nitroprusside ion have been selected as potential oxidants. Only the first reactant achieved a completeoxidation process, initiated by a proton-coupled electron transfer reaction at the HNO ligand, withnitroprusside as a final oxidation product. Dithionite acted as a reductant of [FeII(CN)5HNO]3-, in a 4-electron process, giving NH3. The high stability of bound HNO may resemble the properties in related Fe(II) centers of redox active enzymes. The very minor release of N2O shows that the redox conversions may evolve without disruption of the FeN bonds, under competitive conditions with the dissociation of HNO.