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Scheer, Hugo; Katz, J. J. (1978): Peripheral Metal Complexes: Chlorophyll “Isomers” with Magnesium Bound to the Ring E ß-Keto Ester System. In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 100: pp. 561-571


Peripheral magnesium complexes of methyl pheophorbides a and b, bacteriomethyl pheophorbide a, bacteriopheophytin a, and protopheophytin a have been prepared and characterized by UV-vis, IR, ‘H NMR, and luminescence spectroscopy. In these compounds, Mg is bound to the peripheral p-keto ester system present in most chlorophylls rather than to the central tetrapyrrole cavity as in the chlorophyll proper. The ligand exchange reactions at Mg have been characterized, and the equilibrium between the peripheral complexes and their free ligands has been studied over the concentration range lo-’- M. AGO for complex formation has been determined by ’H NMR spectroscopy.