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Hydrolytically Active Tetranuclear Nickel Complexes with Structural Resemblance to the Active Site of Urease

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posted on 11.09.2002, 00:00 by Håkan Carlsson, Matti Haukka, Ebbe Nordlander
Reaction of the new asymmetric ligand 2-(N-isopropyl-N-((1-methylimidazolyl)methyl)aminomethyl)-6-(N-carboxylmethyl-N-((1-methylimidazolyl)methyl) aminomethyl)-4-methylphenol (ICIMP) with nickel perchlorate and diphenylacetic acid leads to the formation of tetranuclear nickel complexes, whose crystal structures reveal that they consist of dimers of dimers in which each Ni2 unit has a coordination environment that is similar to the active site of urease. One complex has been shown to coordinate urea and catalyze the hydrolysis of an organophosphate monoester.

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