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Title: Gallium(III)-containing, sandwich-type heteropolytungstates : Synthesis, solution characterization, and hydrolytic studies toward phosphoester and phosphoanhydride bond cleavage
Authors: Kandasamy, Balamurugan
Vanhaecht, Stef
Nkala, Fiona Marylyn
Beelen, Tessa
Bassil, Bassem 
Parac-Vogt, Tatjana N.
Kortz, Ulrich
Affiliations: Faculty of Arts and Sciences 
Issue Date: 2016
Part of: Journal of inorganin chemistry
Volume: 55
Issue: 18
Start page: 9204
End page: 9211
The gallium(III)-containing heteropolytungstates [Ga4(H2O)10(β-XW9O33)2]6– (X = AsIII, 1; SbIII, 2) were synthesized in aqueous acidic medium by reaction of Ga3+ ions with the trilacunary, lone-pair-containing [XW9O33]9–. Polyanions 1 and 2 are isostructural and crystallized as the hydrated sodium salts Na6[Ga4(H2O)10(β-AsW9O33)2]·28H2O (Na-1) and Na6[Ga4(H2O)10(β-SbW9O33)2]·30H2O (Na-2) in the monoclinic space group P21/c, with unit cell parameters a = 16.0218(12) Å, b = 15.2044(10) Å, c = 20.0821(12) Å, and β = 95.82(0)°, as well as a = 16.0912(5) Å, b = 15.2178(5) Å, c = 20.1047(5) Å, and β = 96.2(0)°, respectively. The corresponding tellurium(IV) derivative [Ga4(H2O)10(β-TeW9O33)2]4– (3) was also prepared, by direct reaction of sodium tungstate, tellurium(IV) oxide, and gallium nitrate. Polyanion 3 crystallized as the mixed rubidium/sodium salt Rb2Na2[Ga4(H2O)10(β-TeW9O33)2]·28H2O (RbNa-3) in the triclinic space group P1̅ with unit cell parameters a = 12.5629(15) Å, b = 13.2208(18) Å, c = 15.474(2) Å, α = 80.52(1)°, β = 84.37(1)°, and γ = 65.83(1)°. All polyanions 1–3 were characterized in the solid state by single-crystal XRD, FT-IR, TGA, and elemental analysis, and polyanion 2 was also characterized in solution by 183W NMR and UV–vis spectroscopy. Polyanion 2 was used as a homogeneous catalyst toward adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and the DNA model substrate 4-nitrophenylphosphate, monitored by 1H and 31P NMR spectroscopy. The encapsulated gallium(III) centers in 2 promote the Lewis acidic synergistic activation of the hydrolysis of ATP and DNA model substrates at a higher rate in near-physiological conditions. A strong interaction of 2 with the P–O bond of ATP was evidenced by changes in chemical shift values and line broadening of the 31P nucleus in ATP upon addition of the polyanion.
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Department of Chemistry

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