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mai 29 2020

Summary :

Metalloenzymes use earth-abundant non-noble metals to perform high-fidelity transformations in the biological world. To ensure chemical efficiency, metalloenzymes have acquired evolutionary reactivity-enhancing tools. Among these, the entatic state model states that a strongly distorted geometry induced by ligands around a metal center gives rise to an energized structure called entatic state, strongly improving the reactivity. However, the original definition refers both to the transfer of electrons or chemical groups, whereas the chemical application of this concept in synthetic systems has mostly focused on electron transfer, therefore eluding chemical transformations. Here we report that a highly strained redox-active ligand enables a copper complex to perform catalytic nitrogen- and carbon-group transfer in as fast as 2 min, thus exhibiting a strong increase in reactivity compared with its unstrained analogue. This report combines two reactivity-enhancing features from metalloenzymes, entasis and redox cofactors, applied to group-transfer catalysis.

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Reference :

Y. Ren, J. Forté, K. Cheaib, N. Vanthuyne, L. Fensterbank, H. Vezin, M. Orio, S. Blanchard, M. Desage-El Murr

Optimizing Group Transfer Catalysis by Copper Complex with Redox-Active Ligand in an Entatic State

iScience202023, 100955 – DOI : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2020.100955

Contact chercheur :

M. Desage-El Murr, équipe OMECA (http://marinedesageelmurr.fr) , Institut de Chimie (UMR 7177).