DNA-Accelerated Catalysis of Carbene-Transfer Reactions by a DNA/Cationic Iron Porphyrin Hybrid

Ana Rioz-Martínez, Jens Oelerich, Nathalie Ségaud, Gerard Roelfes

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A novel DNA-based hybrid catalyst comprised of salmon testes DNA and an iron(III) complex of a cationic meso-tetrakis(N-alkylpyridyl)porphyrin was developed. When the N-methyl substituents were placed at the ortho position with respect to the porphyrin ring, high reactivity in catalytic carbene-transfer reactions was observed under mild conditions, as demonstrated in the catalytic enantioselective cyclopropanation of styrene derivatives with ethyl diazoacetate (EDA) as the carbene precursor. A remarkable feature of this catalytic system is the large DNA-induced rate acceleration observed in this reaction and the related dimerization of EDA. It is proposed that high effective molarity of all components of the reaction in or near the DNA is one of the key contributors to this unique reactivity. This study demonstrates that the concept of DNA-based asymmetric catalysis can be expanded into the realm of organometallic chemistry.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)14136-14140
Aantal pagina's5
TijdschriftAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
StatusPublished - 2016

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