Density functional study on the effect of the trans axial ligand of B12 cofactors on the heterolytic cleavage of the Co-C bond

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Abstract

Density functional theory (DFT) Becke3LYP calculations including full and restricted geometry optimizations are carried out on the complex [Co(Cor)(Benz)(CH3)]+ (Cor = corrin, Benz = benzimidazole), which is a model of B12 cofactors, and on the products of the two possible heterolytic cleavages of the Co-C bond, [Co(Cor)(Benz)(CH3)], CH3+, [Co(Cor)(Benz)(CH3)]2 +, and CH3-. The thermodynamics of the heterolytic processes are found to depend very significantly on the distance of the axial ligand from the cobalt. The results are explained through simple molecular orbital reasonings, and their possible implications for the biological reactivity of adenosylcobalamin and methylcobalamin are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-315
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume107
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2003

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