Photodissociation of a (mu-peroxo)(mu-hydroxo)bis[bis(bipyridyl)-cobalt(III)] complex: a tool to study fast biological reactions involving O2.


Upon photolysis at 355 nm, dioxygen is released from a (mu-peroxo)(mu-hydroxo)bis[bis(bipyridyl)cobalt-(III)] complex in aqueous solutions and at physiological pH with a quantum yield of 0.04. The [Co(bpy)2(H2O)2]2+ (bpy = bipyridyl) photoproduct was generated on a nanosecond or faster time scale as determined by time-resolved optical absorption spectroscopy. A linear correspondence between the spectral changes and the oxygen production indicates that O2 is released on the same time scale. Oxyhemoglobin was formed from deoxyhemoglobin upon photodissociation of the (mu-peroxo) (mu-hydroxo)bis[bis(bipyridyl)cobalt(III)] complex, verifying that dioxygen is a primary photoproduct. This complex and other related compounds provide a method to study fast biological reactions involving O2, such as the reduction of dioxygen to water by cytochrome oxidase.

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