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    Circular dichroism (CD) spectra and density functional theory (DFT) calculations are reported for a series of conformationally bistable chiroporphyrins with 8-methylene bridles MBCP-8, which can display either an alphaalphaalphaalpha or an alphabetaalphabeta orientation of their meso substituents. From DFT geometry optimizations, the most stable form of ZnBCP-8 is found to be the alphaalphaalphaalpha conformer. By passing to NiBCP-8, there is a strong stabilization of the alphabetaalphabeta conformation with respect to the alphaalphaalphaalpha conformation, consistent with the X-ray structures of alphaalphaalphaalpha-ZnBCP-8 and alphabetaalphabeta-NiBCP-8. A correlation between the sign of the CD signal in the Soret region and the conformation of the BCP-8 compounds is reported: the alphaalphaalphaalpha conformers H2BCP-8 and ZnBCP-8 show a positive CD signal, whereas the alphabetaalphabeta conformers NiBCP-8 and CuBCP-8 exhibit a negative signal. The possible contributions to the rotational strengths of alphabetaalphabeta-NiBCP-8 and alphaalphaalphaalpha-ZnBCP-8, calculated on the basis of their crystal structures, have been analyzed. The CD signals are found to result from a combination of both the inherent chirality of the porphyrin and of extrinsic contributions due to the chiral bridles. These results may have a broad significance for understanding the chiroptical properties of chiral porphyrins and hemoproteins and for monitoring stimuli-responsive, conformationally bistable chiroporphyrin compounds.


    Géraldine Maheut, Anna Castaings, Jacques Pécaut, Latévi Max Lawson Daku, Gennaro Pescitelli, Lorenzo Di Bari, Jean-Claude Marchon. Chiroptical and computational studies of a bridled chiroporphyrin and of its nickel(II), copper(II), and zinc(II) complexes. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2006 May 17;128(19):6347-56

    PMID: 16683799

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