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Syntheses, Spectroscopies and Structures of Molybdenum(VI) Complexes with Homocitrate

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posted on 02.10.2006, 00:00 authored by Zhao-Hui Zhou, Shu-Ya Hou, Ze-Xing Cao, Khi-Rui Tsai, Yuan L. Chow
Initial investigations into the possible role of homocitric acid in iron molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co) of nitrogenase lead us to isolate and characterize two tetrameric molybdate(VI) species. The complexes K2(NH4)2[(MoO2)4O3(R,S-Hhomocit)2]·6H2O (1) and K5[(MoO2)4O3(R,S-Hhomocit)2]Cl·5H2O (2) (homocitric acid = H4homocit, C7H10O7) are prepared from the reactions of acyclic homocitric acid and molybdates, which represent the first synthetic structural examples of molybdenum homocitrate complexes. The homocitrate ligand trapped by tetranuclear molybdate coordinates to the molybdenum(VI) atom through α-alkoxy and α-, β-carboxy groups. The physical properties, structural parameters, and their possible biological relevances are discussed.