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Acta crystallographica. Section C, Crystal structure communications

Crystallographic evidence of Gly-D,L-Met oxidation to its sulfoxide in the presence of gold(III): solid solution of the racemic mixture of two diastereoisomers.


PMID 20124681

Abstract

Crystallographic analysis of a solid solution of two diastereoisomers, i.e. ({(1S,R)-1-carboxy-3-[(R,S)-methylsulfinyl]propyl}aminocarbonyl)methanaminium tetrachloridoaurate(III) and ({(1S,R)-1-carboxy-3-[(S,R)-methylsulfinyl]propyl}aminocarbonyl)methanaminium tetrachloridoaurate(III), (C(7)H(15)N(2)O(4)S)[AuCl(4)], has shown that in the presence of gold(III), the methionine part of the Gly-D,L-Met dipeptide is oxidized to sulfoxide, and no coordination to the Au(III) cation through the S atom of the sulfoxide is observed. In view of our observation, literature reports that methionine acts as an N,S-bidentate donor ligand forming stable gold(III) complexes require verification. Moreover, it has been demonstrated that crystallization of the oxidation product leads to a substantial 77:23 excess of both S-methionine/R-sulfoxide and R-methionine/S-sulfoxide over S-methionine/S-sulfoxide and R-methionine/R-sulfoxide. The presence of two different diastereoisomers at the same crystallographic site is a source of static disorder at this site.

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