DNA as a Catalyst and Catalytic Template for the Racemisation of Metal Tris-Phenanthroline Complexes
Journal article, 2002

[Fe(1,10-phenanthroline)(3)](2+) is known to racemise in solution and DNA is known to shift the equilibrium point of the Delta/Lambda[Fe(1,10-phenanthroline)(3)](2+) mixture from 50:50 to a position favouring a slight excess of the Delta enantiomer. In this paper it is shown that DNA catalyses the racemisation reaction, presumably by providing vibrational energy to species that bind in a less favoured mode for that enantiomer. The racemisation of [Co(1,10-phenanthroline)(3)](3+), however, is not enhanced by DNA unless [Co(1,10-phenanthroline)(3)](2+) is also added to the solution. In this case, the DNA acts as a template to facilitate the Co-II reversible arrow Co-III electron transfer. Racemisation occurs while the [Co(1,10-phenanthroline)(3)](n+) is in the labile Co-II form.

coordination chemistry

bioinorganic chemistry

circular dichroism



A. Rodger

Bengt Nordén

Department of Physical Chemistry

M. Rodger

P. Bates

European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry

1434-1948 (ISSN)

1 49-53

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Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2010-2017)


Life Science Engineering (2010-2018)

Materials Science

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Physical Chemistry


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