Synthesis and electrochemical properties of structurally modified flavin compounds

Madina Mansurova, Melissa S. Koay, Wolfgang Gärtner

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Four structurally modified flavin compounds have been synthesized and characterized for their redox potential by chemical reduction with sodium dithionite. Besides the previously reported 1- and 5-deazariboflavin, a 7,8-didemethyl derivative and an 8-isopropylriboflavin have been obtained. The synthesis of these compounds started in all cases from appropriately substituted anilines that were condensed with the ribityl chain, followed by completion of the annealed three-ring structure. The didemethyl- and the isopropyl compounds gave absorption maxima similar to riboflavin (436 and 448 nm, respectively), whereas 1-deazariboflavin showed a bathochromically shifted absorption (λmax = 537 nm), and that of 5-deazariboflavin was hypsochromically shifted (λmax = 400 nm). The midpoint potentials (E0′) of the four modified flavin compounds were determined by potentiometric titration, using riboflavin as a reference compound. Both alkyl-modified flavins showed slightly less negative midpoint potentials, whereas both deaza compounds had more negative midpoint values compared to the reference compound.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)5401-5406
Número de páginas6
PublicaciónEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry
EstadoPublicada - nov. 2008
Publicado de forma externa


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