Oxygenation of nucleosides by peroxide adduct of binuclear iron(III) complex with a μ-oxo bridge

Sayo Ito, Yumiko Sasaki, Yasuyuki Takahashi, Shigeru Ohba, Yuzo Nishida

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The (μ-oxo)(μ-carbonato)diiron(III) complex with H2(tfda) (H2(tfda) = 2-aminomethyl-tetrahydrofuran-N,N-diacetic acid) exhibited high activity for hydroxylation of 2'-deoxyguanosine in the presence of hydrogen peroxide, giving 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine, but its hydroxylation activity towards other nucleosides such as 2'-deoxyadenosine, adenosine or thymidine was found negligible. In the case of the Fe(III)-(eda) complex (H2(eda) = 2-methoxyethylamine-N,N-diacetic acid), hydroxylation occurred mainly at the sugar site, converting 2'-deoxyguanosine to guanosine. Based on the spectroscopic and structural properties of these iron(III) compounds, it seems most likely that an intrinsic active species for hydroxylation should be an electrophilic peroxide adduct of the (μ-oxo)diiron(III) core with η1-coordination mode, while the contribution of OH· to the hydroxylation reaction of nucleosides is ruled out.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)554-561
Number of pages8
JournalZeitschrift fur Naturforschung - Section C Journal of Biosciences
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • 8-Hydroxydeoxyguanosine
  • Iron(III)-peroxide Adduct
  • Nucleosides
  • Oxygenation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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