Protein interactions of dirhodium tetraacetate: a structural study.


Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Complesso Universitario di Monte Sant'Angelo, via Cinthia, 21, 80126, Naples, Italy. [Email]


The interactions between the cytotoxic paddlewheel dirhodium complex [Rh2(μ-O2CCH3)4] and the model protein bovine pancreatic ribonuclease (RNase A) were investigated by high-resolution mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography. The results indicate that [Rh2(μ-O2CCH3)4] extensively reacts with RNase A. The metal compound binds the protein via coordination of the imidazole ring of a His side chain to one of its axial sites, while the dirhodium center and the acetato ligands remain unmodified. Data provide valuable information for the design of artificial dirhodium-containing metalloenzymes.

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