Asymmetric organotellurides as potent antioxidants and building blocks of protein conjugates

Sandra Pariagh, Karen M. Tasker, Fiona H. Fry, Andrea L. Holme, Catriona A. Collins, Neal Okarter, Nick Gutowski, Claus Jacob*

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Asymmetric organotellurides were chosen as potent antioxidants to construct a catalyst-protein conjugate called human serum albumin (HSA). Amino and methoxy group were known to increase catalytic activity, and compounds were found to be highly active and readily attachable to transport proteins. The activity of the agents in both assays were comparable, with second order rate constants for H2O2 reduction and zinc release. A reasonable correlation between electron-rich substituents, on the aromatic ring, the first oxidation potential, and catalytic activity of chalcogen compounds were shown using cyclic voltammetry. The results confirm that it is possible to load chemically simple, yet catalytically highly active enzyme mimics onto HSA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-980
Number of pages6
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number6
Early online date14 Feb 2005
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Acknowledgements: This work was financially supported by the Leverhulme Trust, DAART, Exeter Antioxidant Therapeutics Ltd. and the University of Exeter.


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