Distinct mechanisms of bridging-oxo exchange in di-μ-O dimanganese complexes with and without water-binding sites: Implications for water binding in the O2-evolving complex of photosystem II

Ranitendranath Tagore, Robert H. Crabtree, Gary W. Brudvig

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Isotopic exchange between oxygens of water and μ-O bridges in the di-μ-O dimanganese complexes, [(mesterpy)2Mn2 III/IV(μ-O)2(H2O)2](NO 3)3 (1, mes-terpy = 4′-mesityl-2,2′:6′, 2″-terpyridine) and [(phen)4Mn2 III/IV(μ-O)2](ClO4)3 (2, phen = 1,10-phenanthroline), has been investigated by a study of the kinetics of exchange. The data provide evidence for distinct mechanisms of exchange in 1 and 2 and suggest that these differences arise due to the presence and absence of terminal water-binding sites in 1 and 2, respectively. Exchange of oxygen atoms between water and μ-O bridges must involve the elementary steps of bridge protonation, deprotonation, opening, and closing. On the basis of the existing literature on these reactions in oxo-bridged metal complexes and our present data, we propose pathways of exchange in 1 and 2. The mechanism proposed for 1 involves an initial fast protonation of an oxo-bridge by water coordinated to MnIV, followed by a slow opening of the protonated bridge as proposed earlier for an analogous complex on the basis of DFT calculations. The mechanism proposed for 2 involves initial dissociation of phen, followed by coordination of water at the vacated sites, as observed for rearrangement of 2 to a trinuclear complex. The subsequent steps are proposed to be analogous to those for 1. Our results are discussed in the context of data on 18O-labeled water isotope exchange in photosystem II and provide support for the existence of fully protonated terminal waters bound to Mn in the O2-evolving complex of photosystem II.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2193-2203
Number of pages11
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 19 2007


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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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