Coordination properties of glycylglycine to Cu+, Ni+ and Co+. Influence of metal cation electronic configuration

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The structure, vibrational frequencies and binding energies of the complexes formed by the interaction of Cu+(d10, 1S), Ni+(d9, 2D) and Co +(d8, 3F and 1G) with glycylglycine have been theoretically determined. The most stable structure of Cu +-glycylglycine is bicoordinated with the Cu+ cation interacting with the terminal carbonyl oxygen and the amino group. However, for Ni+-glycylglycine and Co+-glycylglycine the lowest energy structures are tricoordinated, the interaction of the metal cation given by the same groups of Cu+-glycylglycine plus the nitrogen or oxygen atoms of the peptide bond. As for glycine, De values follow the order Ni + > Co+ (triplet) ∼ Cu+, but the interaction energies are about 11-13 kcal mol-1 larger. Differences on the coordination properties of the metal cations are discussed and interpreted according to their electronic structure. © The Royal Society of Chemistry and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique 2005.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1585-1593
JournalNew Journal of Chemistry
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005


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