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Carbohydr Res. 2011 Mar 1;346(4):488-94. doi: 10.1016/j.carres.2010.12.021. Epub 2011 Jan 8.

Potentiometric and ³¹P NMR studies on inositol phosphates and their interaction with iron(III) ions.

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University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Aškerčeva 5, Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Potentiometric, conductometric and ³¹P NMR titrations have been applied to study interactions between myo-inositol hexakisphosphate (phytic acid), (±)-myo-inositol 1,2,3,5-tetrakisphosphate and (±)-myo-inositol 1,2,3-trisphosphate with iron(III) ions. Potentiometric and conductometric titrations of myo-inositol phosphates show that addition of iron increases acidity and consumption of hydroxide titrant. By increasing the Fe(III)/InsP(6) ratio (from 0.5 to 4) 3 mol of protons are released per 2 mol of iron(III). At first, phytates coordinate iron octahedrally between P2 and P1,3. The second coordination site represents P5 and neighbouring P4,6 phosphate groups. Complexation is accompanied with the deprotonation of P1,3 and P4,6 phosphate oxygens. At higher concentration of iron(III) intermolecular P-O-Fe-O-P bonds trigger formation of a polymeric network and precipitation of the amorphous Fe(III)-InsP(6) aggregates. (31)P NMR titration data complement the above results and display the largest chemical shift changes at pD values between 5 and 10 in agreement with strong interactions between iron and myo-inositol phosphates. The differences in T(1) relaxation times of phosphorous atoms have shown that phosphate groups at positions 1, 2 and 3 are complexated with iron(III). The interactions between iron(III) ions and inositol phosphates depend significantly on the metal to ligand ratio and an attempt to coordinate more than two irons per InsP(6) molecule results in an unstable heterogeneous system.

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