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Reactions of meso-Hydroxyhemes with Carbon Monoxide and Reducing Agents in Search of the Elusive Species Responsible for the g = 2.006 Resonance of Carbon Monoxide-Treated Heme Oxygenase. Isolation of Diamagnetic Iron(II) Complexes of Octaethyl-meso-hydroxyporphyrin

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posted on 04.10.2004 by Sankar Prasad Rath, Marilyn M. Olmstead, Alan L. Balch
To examine possible models for the g = 2.006 resonance seen when the hydroxylated heme−heme oxygenase complex in the Fe(III) state is treated with CO, the reactivities of CO and reducing agents with (py)2FeIII(OEPO) and {FeIII(OEPO)}2 (OEPO is the trianion of octaethyl-meso-hydroxyporphyrin) have been examined. A pyridine solution of (py)2FeIII(OEPO) reacts in a matter of minutes with zinc amalgam (or with hydrazine) under an atmosphere of dioxygen-free dinitrogen to produce bright-red (py)2FeII(OEPOH)·2py·0.33H2O, which has been isolated in crystalline form. The 1H NMR spectrum of (py)2FeII(OEPOH) in a pyridine-d5 solution is indicative of the presence of a diamagnetic compound, and no EPR resonance was observed for this compound. Treatment of a solution of (py)2FeII(OEPOH) in pyridine-d5 with carbon monoxide produces spectral changes after a 30 s exposure that are indicative of the formation of diamagnetic (OC)(py)FeII(OEPOH). Treatment of a green pyridine solution of (py)2FeIII(OEPO) with carbon monoxide reveals a slow color change to deep red over a 16 h period. Although a resonance at g = 2.006 was observed in the EPR spectrum of the sample during the reaction, the isolated product is EPR silent. The spectroscopic features of the final solution are identical to those of a solution formed by treating (py)2FeII(OEPOH) with carbon monoxide. Addition of hydrazine to solutions of (OC)(py)FeII(OEPOH) produces red, diamagnetic (OC)(N2H4)FeII(OEPOH)·py in crystalline form. The X-ray crystal structures of (py)2FeII(OEPOH)·2py·0.33H2O and (OC)(N2H4)FeII(OEPOH)·py have been determined. Solutions of diamagnetic (OC)(N2H4)FeII(OEPOH)·py and (OC)(py)FeII(OEPOH) are extremely air sensitive and are immediately converted in a pyridine solution into paramagnetic (py)2FeIII(OEPO) in the presence of dioxygen.