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J Inorg Biochem. 2006 Jul;100(7):1234-43. Epub 2006 Apr 11.

Bridging-type changes facilitate successive oxidation steps at about 1 V in two binuclear manganese complexes--implications for photosynthetic water-oxidation.

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Molecular Biomimetics, Uppsala University, Villavagen 6, S-752 36 Uppsala, Sweden.


The redox behavior of two synthetic manganese complexes illustrates a mechanistic aspect of importance for light-driven water oxidation in Photosystem II (PSII) and design of biomimetic systems (artificial photosynthesis). The coupling between changes in oxidation state and structural changes was investigated for two binuclear manganese complexes (1 and 2), which differ in the set of first sphere ligands to Mn (N(3)O(3) in 1, N(2)O(4) in 2). Both complexes were studied by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) in three oxidation states which had been previously prepared either electro- or photochemically. The following bridging-type changes are suggested. In 1: Mn(II)-(mu-OR)(mu-OCO)(2)-Mn(II)<-->Mn(II)-(mu-OR)(mu-OCO)(2)-Mn(III)-->Mn(III)-(mu-OR)(mu-OCO)(mu-O)-Mn(III). In 2: Mn(II)-(mu-OR)(mu-OCO)(2)-Mn(III)<-->Mn(III)-(mu-OR)(mu-OCO)(2)-Mn(III)-->Mn(III)-(mu-OR)(mu-OCO)(mu-O)-Mn(IV). In both complexes, the first one-electron oxidation proceeds without bridging-type change, but involves a redox-potential increase by 0.5-1V. The second one-electron oxidation likely is coupled to mu-oxo-bridge (or mu-OH) formation which seems to counteract a further potential increase. In both complexes, mu-O(H) bridge formation is associated with a redox transition proceeding at approximately 1V, but the mu-O(H) bridge is observed at the Mn(2)(III,III) level in 1 and at the Mn(III,IV) level in 2, demonstrating modulation of the redox behavior by the terminal ligands. It is proposed that also in PSII bridging-type changes facilitate successive oxidation steps at approximately the same potential.

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