Tetranuclear d-f Metallostars: Synthesis, Relaxometric, and Luminescent Properties

Abstract : A novel ditopic ligand DTPA-ph-phen, based on 1,10-phenanthroline and diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) units, has been designed and fully characterized by (1)H, (13)C, and 2D-COSY NMR spectroscopy, IR and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) techniques. The DTPA core of the ligand specifically binds Ln(III) ions (Ln = Eu, Gd) resulting in formation of the [Ln{DTPA-ph-phen}(H(2)O)](-) complex. The photophysical properties of the Eu(III) compound have been investigated, and the complex shows characteristic red luminescence with an overall quantum yield of 2.2%. Reaction of [Gd{DTPA-ph-phen}(H(2)O)](-) with Ru(II) leads to further self-assembly into a heterobimetallic metallostar complex containing Gd(III) and Ru(II) in a 3:1 ratio. This tetranuclear [(Gd{DTPA-ph-phen})(3)(H(2)O)(3)Ru](-) complex (Gd(3)Ru), formed by the coordination of Ru(II) to the 1,10-phenanthroline unit, has been characterized by a range of experimental techniques and evaluated toward its feasibility as a potential bimodal optical/MRI agent. The Gd(3)Ru metallostar shows intense metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) transition resulting in intense light absorption in the visible spectral region. Upon irradiation into this MLCT band at 450 nm, the Gd(3)Ru complex exhibits red broad-band luminescence in the range of 550-800 nm centered at 610 nm with a quantum yield of 4.8%. Proton nuclear magnetic relaxation dispersion (NMRD) measurements indicate that the Gd(3)Ru complex exhibits an enhanced relaxivity value r(1) of 36.0 s(-1) mM(-1) per metallostar molecule at 20 MHz and 310 K. The ability of the complex to noncovalently bind to human serum albumin (HSA) was investigated, but no significant interaction was detected.
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Geert Dehaen, Svetlana Eliseeva, Peter Verwilst, Sophie Laurent, Luce Vander Elst, et al.. Tetranuclear d-f Metallostars: Synthesis, Relaxometric, and Luminescent Properties. Inorganic Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2012, 51 (16), pp.8775-8783. ⟨10.1021/ic300537y⟩. ⟨hal-02103224⟩



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