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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

FTIR spectra and normal-mode analysis of a tetranuclear manganese adamantane-like complex in two electrochemically prepared oxidation states: relevance to the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II.

The IR spectra and normal-mode analysis of the adamantane-like compound [Mn(4)O(6)(bpea)(4)](n+) (bpea = N,N-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)ethylamine) in two oxidation states, Mn(IV)(4) and Mn(III)Mn(IV)(3), that are relevant to the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II are presented. Mn-O vibrational modes are identified with isotopic exchange, (16)O-->(18)O, of the mono-micro-oxo bridging atoms in the complex. IR spectra of the Mn(III)Mn(IV)(3) species are obtained by electrochemical reduction of the Mn(IV)(4) species using a spectroelectrochemical cell, based on attenuated total reflection [Visser, H.; et al. Anal. Chem. 2001, 73, 4374-4378]. A novel method of subtraction is used to reduce background contributions from solvent and ligand modes, and the difference and double-difference spectra are used in identifying Mn-O bridging modes that are sensitive to oxidation state change. Two strong IR bands are observed for the Mn(IV)(4) species at 745 and 707 cm(-1), and a weaker band is observed at 510 cm(-1). Upon reduction, the Mn(III)Mn(IV)(3) species exhibits two strong IR bands at 745 and 680 cm(-1), and several weaker bands are observed in the 510-425 cm(-1) range. A normal-mode analysis is performed to assign all the relevant bridging modes in the oxidized Mn(IV)(4) and reduced Mn(III)Mn(IV)(3) species. The calculated force constants for the Mn(IV)(4) species are f(r)(IV)= 3.15 mdyn/A, f(rOr) = 0.55 mdyn/A, and f(rMnr) = 0.20 mdyn/A. The force constants for the Mn(III)Mn(IV)(3) species are f(r)(IV)= 3.10 mdyn/A, f(r)(III)= 2.45 mdyn/A, f(rOr) = 0.40 mdyn/A, and f(rMnr) = 0.15 mdyn/A. This study provides insights for the identification of Mn-O modes in the IR spectra of the photosynthetic oxygen-evolving complex during its catalytic cycle.[1]


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