Alternative Fe-02 Bond Lengths in 02 Adducts of Iron Porphyrins: Implications for Hemoglobin Cooperativity

Geoffrey L. Woolerv, Mark A. Walters, Thomas G. Spiro, Kenneth S. Suslick, Linda S. Powers

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The extended fine structure (EXAFS) of the Fe K edge X-ray absorption spectrum has been analyzed for Ot adducts of “picket-fence” iron(II) porphyrin complexes with hindered bases: Fe(02)(TpivPP)(2-MeIm)-C2H50H and Fe(02)-(TpivPP)(1,2-Me2Im) (TpivPP = 5,10,15,20-(a,a,a,a)-(o-pivaloylamidophenyl)porphyrinate, 2-MeIm = 2-methylimidazole, 1,2-Me2Im = 1,2-dimethylimidazole). The first shell peaks of the Fourier transforms were filtered and backtransformed, and analyzed for the distances from the Fe to the coordinated atoms (one O, one imidazole N, and four pyrrole N). For the 2-MeIm complex at -150 °C, the Fe-O distance was 1.90 A, in agreement with X-ray crystallography. For the 1,2-Me2Im complex, however, the Fe-O distance was 1.77 A, the same as the crystallographically determined distance for the O2 adduct with the unhindered base, 1-Melm (1-methylimidazole). These results establish that two Fe-O distances are available to O2 adducts with hindered bases: One with a shorter Fe-O bond and a consequently longer Fe-NIm bond, and the second vice versa. These two structures offer a plausible explantation for the cooperativity in O2 binding previously observed for the solid (ethanol-free) adducts of these complexes; the low- and high-affinity binding regions may be due to the formation of the long and short Fe-O bonded structures successively. A similar structure change may take place within the T state of hemoglobin for which there exists substantial evidence of restraint on the proximal imidazole; initial ligand binding may occur via a long Fe-O bond, which could be followed by rearrangement to a short Fe-O bonded structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2370-2373
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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