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Tricarbonyldichlororuthenium(II) dimer

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core: ruthenium
reagent type: catalyst

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Tricarbonyldichlororuthenium(II) dimer can be used in the deuteration reaction for labeling secondary amines. It can also be used for the synthesis of racemization catalysts by reacting with cyclopenta[l]phenanthrenyl and cyclopenta[a]acenaphthylenyl ligands.
Carbon monoxide-releasing molecule used for pharamological studies including:
  • Enhancement of coagulation and attenuation of vulnerability to fibrinolysis
  • Investigations of P2X4 as a possible target
  • Possible modification of thrombus growth or disintegration
  • Enhances fibrinogen as a substrate for thrombin
  • Regulation of ion transport by gasotransmitters

Used as a CO donor for reactive oxygen species mediated bacterial killing


500 mg in glass bottle


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Hazard Classifications

Acute Tox. 4 Oral - Eye Irrit. 2 - Skin Irrit. 2 - STOT SE 3

Target Organs

Respiratory system

Storage Class Code

11 - Combustible Solids



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Not applicable

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Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves

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    This product is slightly soluble in chloroform and dichloromethane. It is also soluble in methanol and tetrahydrofuran, but it forms a solvent adduct.

  5. What are the potential applications for Product 288144, Tricarbonyldichlororuthenium(II) dimer?

    This product has been reported and used as a carbon monoxide releasing agent in biological systems, and a ruthenium catalyst.

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Roberto Motterlini et al.
Circulation research, 90(2), E17-E24 (2002-02-09)
Carbon monoxide (CO) is generated in living organisms during the degradation of heme by the enzyme heme oxygenase, which exists in constitutive (HO-2 and HO-3) and inducible (HO-1) isoforms. Carbon monoxide gas is known to dilate blood vessels in a...
Vance G Nielsen et al.
Basic & clinical pharmacology & toxicology, 122(1), 157-164 (2017-07-12)
Several in vitro investigations have demonstrated that anticoagulant effects of fibrinogenolytic snake venom metalloproteinases have been abrogated in human plasma by modifying fibrinogen with iron (Fe) and carbon monoxide (CO) to prevent catalysis or by directly inhibiting these enzymes with CO....
Yu Jia et al.
Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical sciences = Hua zhong ke ji da xue xue bao. Yi xue Ying De wen ban = Huazhong keji daxue xuebao. Yixue Yingdewen ban, 36(6), 791-795 (2016-12-08)
Carbon monoxide (CO), as a vital small molecule in signaling pathways, is found to be involved in ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) in renal transplantation. CO-releasing molecule-2 (CORM-2), a CO-releasing molecule, is a type of metal carbonyl complexes which can quickly release...
V G Nielsen et al.
Human & experimental toxicology, 36(7), 727-733 (2016-08-05)
Hypofibrinogenemia is an important clinical consequence following envenomation by Lachesis muta muta, usually attenuated or prevented by administration of antivenom. The venom of L. m. muta contains both a metalloproteinase fibrinogenase and a serine protease thrombin-like enzyme, and exposure of...
Vance G Nielsen
International journal of molecular sciences, 21(8) (2020-04-29)
The demonstration that carbon monoxide releasing molecules (CORMs) affect experimental systems by the release of carbon monoxide, and not via the interaction of the inactivated CORM, has been an accepted paradigm for decades. However, it has recently been documented that...

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