The interactions of metal ions with chiral molecules are of particular interest for relevant biochemical processes, as many of them are made possible only with a selected chirality of the stereocenters. In this work we report a study of the stereoselectivity of copper(II) complexes with D-trehalose-L-carnosine and D-trehalose-D-carnosine as a prototypical case of natural chirality selection. The interest in l-carnosine dipeptide is compounded by its antioxidant and antitumor properties, which are further enhanced when combined with D-trehalose. Potentiometric, calorimetric, and UV/circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopic measurements show that the copper(II) dimer of D-trehalose-L-carnosine is more stable than the D-trehalose-D-carnosine diastereoisomeric copper(II) dimer (log beta(L)(22-2)-log beta(D)(22-2)=3.6). Free-energy calculations highlight that the cause of this different behavior lies with different intramolecular weak interactions between the diastereoisomers. The different pattern of hydrogen bonds and the different CH-pi interactions between the pi-electron-rich imidazole and the a-glucose rings are more favorable by 5 kcalmol(-1) in the L dimer.
|Titolo:||Intramolecular Weak Interactions in the Thermodynamic Stereoselectivity of Copper(II) Complexes with Carnosine-Trehalose Conjugates|
|Autori interni:||ARENA, Giuseppe|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Rivista:||CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|