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    Metal-promoted synthesis of amidines containing the model nucleobases 1-methylcytosine and 9-methyladenine

    Montagner, Diego and Zangrando, Ennio and Borsato, Guiseppe and Lucchini, Vittorio and Longato, Bruno (2011) Metal-promoted synthesis of amidines containing the model nucleobases 1-methylcytosine and 9-methyladenine. Dalton Transactions, 40. pp. 8664-8674. ISSN 1477-9226

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    The amidine complexes cis-[L2PtNH[double bond, length as m-dash]C(R){1-MeCy(-2H)}]NO3 (R = Me, 1a; Ph, 1b, Me3C, 1c; Ph2(H)C, 1d) and cis-[L2PtNH[double bond, length as m-dash]C(R){9-MeAd(-2H)}]NO3 (R = Me, 2a; Ph, 2b; Me3C, 2c; Ph2(H)C, 2d), are formed when cis-[L2Pt(μ-OH)]2(NO3)2 (L = PPh3) reacts with 1-methylcytosine (1-MeCy) and 9-methyladenine (9-MeAd) in solution of MeCN, PhCN, Me3CCN and Ph2(H)CCN. Reaction of 1a,b and 2a,b with HCl affords the protonated amidines [NH2[double bond, length as m-dash]C(R){1-MeCy(-H)}]NO3 (R = Me, 3a; Ph, 3b) and [NH2[double bond, length as m-dash]C(R){9-MeAd(-H)}]NO3 (R = Me, 4a; Ph, 4b) and cis-(PPh3)2PtCl2 in quantitative yield. Treatment of 3b and 4b with NaOH allows the isolation of the neutral benzimidamides NH2-C(Ph){1-MeCy(-2H)} (5b) and NH2-C(Ph){9-MeAd(-2H)} (6b). In the solid state 3b shows a planar structure with the hydrogen atom on N(4) cytosine position involved in a strong H-bond with the NO3− ion. Intermolecular H-bonds between the oxygen of the cytosine ring and one of the H atoms of the amidine-NH2 group allow the dimerization of the molecule. A detailed analysis of the spectra of 3b in DMF-d7 at −55 °C indicates the presence of an equilibrium between the species [NH2[double bond, length as m-dash]C(R){1-MeCy(-H)}]NO3 and [NH2[double bond, length as m-dash]C(R){1-MeCy(-H)}]2(NO3)2, exchanging with trace amounts of water at 25 °C. [15N,1H]-HMBC experiments for 5b and 6b indicate that the amino tautomer H2N-C(Ph){nucleobase(-2H)}, is the only detectable in solution and such structure has been confirmed in the solid state. The reaction of 5b and 6b with cis-L2Pt(ONO2)2 (L = PPh3), in chlorinated solvents, determines the immediate appearance of a pale yellow colour due to the coordination of the neutral amidine, likely in its imino form HN[double bond, length as m-dash]C(Ph){nucleobase(-H)}, to give the adducts cis-[L2PtNH[double bond, length as m-dash]C(Ph){nucleobase(-H)}]2+. In fact, addition of “proton sponge” leads to the immediate deprotonation of the amidine ligand with formation of the starting complexes 1b and 2b.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Metal-promoted synthesis; amidines; model nucleobases; 1-methylcytosine; 9-methyladenine;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Chemistry
    Item ID: 7060
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    Depositing User: Diego Montagner
    Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2016 14:55
    Journal or Publication Title: Dalton Transactions
    Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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