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Conversion of Aldehyde to Alkane by a Peroxoiron(III) Complex: A Functional Model for the Cyanobacterial Aldehyde-Deformylating Oxygenase
- Shokri, Alireza, Que, Lawrence
- Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015 v.137 no.24 pp. 7686-7691
- aldehydes, alkanes, chemical bonding, iron, models, oxygen, oxygenases
- Cyanobacterial aldehyde-deformylating oxygenase (cADO) converts long-chain fatty aldehydes to alkanes via a proposed diferric-peroxo intermediate that carries out the oxidative deformylation of the substrate. Herein, we report that the synthetic iron(III)-peroxo complex [Feᴵᴵᴵ(η²-O₂)(TMC)]⁺ (TMC = tetramethylcyclam) causes a similar transformation in the presence of a suitable H atom donor, thus serving as a functional model for cADO. Mechanistic studies suggest that the H atom donor can intercept the incipient alkyl radical formed in the oxidative deformylation step in competition with the oxygen rebound step typically used by most oxygenases for forming C–O bonds.