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A re-investigation of the reactions between superoxide anion and metal picolinate complexes

Trotman, S.M., Webb, J. and Sangster, D.F. (1988) A re-investigation of the reactions between superoxide anion and metal picolinate complexes. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 153 (4). pp. 213-218.

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Rate constants for the reactions of superoxide with the α-picolinate ion and its complexes with copper(II), iron(III) and zinc(II), and for the reaction of α-picolinate with the hydrated electron, were measured using pulse radiolysis. The rate constant for the reaction of superoxide with copper(II)picolinate at pH 9 [(4.1 ± 0.4) × 107l mol−1 s−1] was an order of magnitude higher than that determined previously (W. H. Bannister, J. V. Bannister, A. J. F. Searle and P. J. Thornally, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 78, 139 (1983)) using a less direct competitive inhibition method. The corresponding rate constant for iron(III)picolinate [(7.5 ± 1.5) X 103 l mol−1 s−] was an order of magnitude lower than a previous pulse radiolysis determination (same reference as above). We are not able to reconcile these two values for iron(III)picolinate, although a possible source of spuriously high results is contamination with the kinetically active copper(II) complex. The likely roles of iron(III)picolinate and other low molecular weight iron complexes as potential catalysts of an in vivo superoxide-driven Fenton reaction are discussed in the light of present measurements.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: © 1988 Published by Elsevier B.V.
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