Relationship among redox potentials, proton dissociation constants of pyrrolic nitrogens, and in vivo and in vitro superoxide dismutating activities of manganese(III) and iron(III) water-soluble porphyrins

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The log kcatvalues for the dismutation of O2-by a series of monohydroxoiron(III) and aquamanganese(III) porphyrins, including ortho, meta, and para isomers of 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(N-alkylpyridiniumyl)porphyrins, were found to vary linearly with the metal-centered redox potentials (E1/2) for the M(III)/M(II) couple. Each 120 mV increase in E1/2imparted a 10-fold increase in kcat. The observed behavior is in accord with the Marcus equation for outer-sphere electron-transfer reactions, suggesting that the same mechanism is operative for iron and manganese porphyrins. The Marcus plot enabled us to estimate the self-exchange rate constants of monohydroxoiron porphyrins to be ∼1 order of magnitude higher than those of aquamanganese porphyrins. Furthermore, E1/2values for all of the metalloporhyrins investigated were linearly related to the acid dissociation constants (pKa3) of the pyrrolic nitrogen of the metal-free porphyrins, indicating that either E1/2, or the more readily measured pKa3, may be useful in predicting SOD activity in vitro. The most potent compounds investigated, with respect to SOD activity, are those of the ortho N-alkylpyridiniumyl series. Ortho N-alkylpyridiniumyl groups are more electron withdrawing than are the meta or para groups, thus imparting a more positive redox potential and a correspondingly higher SOD activity. Sufficiently positive potentials, or sufficiently low pKa3values, are necessary for useful SOD activity, but so is the absence of toxicity. Despite their favorable redox potentials and SOD activities, all Fe(III) porphyrins investigated were toxic to Escherichia coli under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions and to both SOD-deficient and SOD-proficient strains. Only the ortho and meta manganese isomers of the N-alkylpyridiniumyl series (MnIII-TE-2-PyP5+, MnIIITM-2-PyP5+and MnIIITM-3-PyP5+) significantly protected SOD-deficient E. coli and allowed growth in an aerobic minimal medium. In previous work, we established that the lower toxicity of these compounds is due to diminished ability to bind to nucleic acids. The Mn(III) complexes are preferable to the Fe(III) complexes for SOD mimics possibly due to a lower tendency for axial ligation. We propose E1/2≥ +0.05 V vs NHE and/or pKa3≤ 2.0 as necessary requirements for Mn porphyrins to be considered useful SOD mimics. © 1999 American Chemical Society.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Batinić-Haberle, I; Spasojević, I; Hambright, P; Benov, L; Cmmbliss, AL; Fridovich, I

Published Date

  • December 1, 1999

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Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 18

Start / End Page

  • 4011 - 4022

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0020-1669

Citation Source

  • Scopus