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Biladienones from the Photooxidation of a meso-gem-Disubstituted Phlorin:  Crystal and Molecular Structures of the 3N + O Coordinated Nickel(II) and Copper(II) Complexes

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posted on 23.05.2001, 00:00 by Christophe Jeandon, Bénédicte Krattinger, Romain Ruppert, Henry J. Callot
The photooxidation of a meso-gem-disubstituted phlorin gave two isomeric biladienones in an equilibrium involving a ZE double bond photoisomerism. The structures of these bile pigments were elucidated using NMR techniques and show terminal benzoyl and pyrrolone moieties. Complexation with divalent cations (nickel(II), copper (II)) gave stable compounds whose crystal and molecular structure could be determined by X-ray diffraction. The metal is coordinated with three pyrrole nitrogen atoms and one oxygen atom of a terminal benzoyl group. In the crystal, the molecules are arranged in pairs through hydrogen bonds between the free terminal pyrrolones.