Solution chemical properties and catecholase-like activity of the copper(ii)-Ac-His-His-Gly-His-OH system, a relevant functional model for copper containing oxidases

A. Jancsó, Z. Paksi, Ida Noemi Jakab, B. Gyurcsik, A. Rockenbauer, T. Gajda

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The solution chemical properties, superoxide dismutase and catecholase activity of the copper(II)-Ac-His-His-Gly- His-OH (hhgh) complexes were studied to identify functional and structural models of copper-containing oxidases. The solution speciation was determined in the pH range 3 - 11 by two independent methods (potentiometry and pH-dependent EPR measurements). The results obtained by the two methods agree very well with each other and show the formation of differently protonated CuHxL complexes ( where x = 2,1, 0, - 1, - 2, - 3) in aqueous solution. The spectroscopic (UV - Vis, CD, EPR) data indicate that the coordination of the imidazole rings is a determinant factor in all these complexes. Amide coordinated complexes are dominant only above pH 8. This offers excellent possibilities for structural/functional modelling of copper( II) containing metalloenzymes. Indeed, the {3N(im)} coordinated CuL species ( pH = 6 - 7) has efficient superoxide dismutase-like activity. The {3N(im), OH-} coordinated CuH-1L possesses outstanding activity to catalyze the oxidation of 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol (H(2)dtbc) by dioxygen in 86 wt% methanol - water, providing the first example that copper( II) - peptide complexes are able to mimic copper containing oxidases.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDalton Transactions (Print Edition)
Issue number19
Pages (from-to)3187-3194
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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