Synthesis, characterization, and polyphenol oxidase activity of Cu II, Mn II, and Fe III complexes with a N 2O 2 ligand

Lijun Lu, Yanying Song, Hui Liu, Jingyan Zhang

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To explore the effect of the metal center on catechol oxidase and tyrosinase activities, four complexes, Cu 2(μ-Cl) 2(hbpg) 2 (1), [Cu 2(-OH 2) 2(hbpg) 2](NO 3) 2(H 2O) 2 (2), [Fe 2(μ-Cl) 2(hbpg) 2]Cl 2(H 2O) 2 (3), and [Mn 2(μ-Cl) 2(hbpg) 2](H 2O) 2 (4) (hbpg=N-(2-hydroxybenzyl)-N-(2-picolyl)glycine), were synthesized and characterized with elemental analysis, single-crystal X-ray diffraction, molar conductivity measurements, mass spectrometry, UV-Visible, and FT-IR spectroscopies. The X-ray crystal structural analysis indicates that 1 has a binuclear copper, coordinated with N 2O 2 ligands. Complementary characterizations suggested that 2, 3, and 4 have similar coordination sphere. Complex 3 exhibits much higher catechol oxidase and tyrosinase-like activity than 1, 2, and 4. The results suggested that with a similar coordination sphere, the redox potential of the metal center is critical for catalytic activity. This work provides valuable information for improving the polyphenol oxidase activity of metal complexes for phenolic degradation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1278-1288
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Coordination Chemistry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 10 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support by the National Natural Science Foundation (Nos 31070742 and 21001044) and the State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering (No. 2060204).


  • Catechol oxidase
  • Metal complexes
  • Redox potential
  • Tyrosinase


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