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Regenerable Chain-Breaking 2,3-Dihydrobenzo[b]selenophene-5-ol Antioxidants
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry.
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2007 (English)In: Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN 0022-3263, E-ISSN 1520-6904, Vol. 72, no 7, 2583-2595 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A series of 2,3-dihydrobenzo[b]selenophene-5-ol antioxidants was prepared by subjecting suitably substituted allyl 4-methoxyphenyl selenides to microwave-induced seleno-Claisen rearrangement/intramolecular Markovnikov hydroselenation followed by boron tribromide-induced O-demethylation. The novel antioxidants were assayed for their capacity to inhibit azo-initiated peroxidation of linoleic acid in a water/chlorobenzene two-phase system containing N-acetylcysteine as a thiol reducing agent in the aqueous phase. Antioxidant efficiency as determined by the inhibited rate of peroxidation, Rinh, increased with increasing methyl substitution (Rinh = 46−26 μM/h), but none of the compounds could match α-tocopherol (Rinh = 22 μM/h). Regenerability as determined by the inhibition time, Tinh, in the presence of the thiol regenerating agent decreased with increasing methyl substitution. Thus, under conditions where the unsubstituted compound 5a inhibited peroxidation for more than 320 min, α-tocopherol worked for 90 min and the trimethylated antioxidant 5g for 60 min only. Sampling of the aqueous phase at intervals during peroxidation using antioxidant 5a showed that N-acetylcysteine was continuously oxidized with time to the corresponding disulfide. In the absence of the regenerating agent, compounds 5 inhibited peroxidation for 50−60 min only. A (RO)B3LYP/LANL2DZdp//B3LYP/LANL2DZ model was used for the calculation of homolytic O−H bond dissociation enthalpies (BDE) and adiabatic ionization potentials (IP) of phenolic antioxidants 5. Both BDE (80.6−76.3 kcal/mol) and IP (163.2−156.0 kcal/mol) decrease with increasing methyl substitution. The phenoxyl radical corresponding to phenol 5g gave an intense ESR signal centered at g = 2.0099. The H−O bond dissociation enthalpy of the phenol was determined by a radical equilibration method using BHA as an equilibration partner. The observed BDE (77.6 ± 0.5 kcal/mol) is in reasonable agreement with calculations (76.3 kcal/mol). As judged by calculated log P values, the lipophilicity of compounds 5 increased slightly when methyl groups were introduced into the phenolic moiety (2.9 > C log P < 4.2). The capacity of compounds 5a (kinh = 3.8 × 105 M-1 s-1) and 5g (kinh = 1.5 × 106 M-1 s-1) to inhibit azo-initiated autoxidation of styrene in the homogeneous phase (chlorobenzene) was also studied. More efficient regeneration at the lipid−aqueous interphase is the most likely explanation why the intrinsically poorest antioxidant 5a can outperform its analogues as well as α-TOC in the two-phase system. Possible mechanisms of regeneration are discussed and evaluated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 72, no 7, 2583-2595 p.
Keyword [en]
Sulfur containing aminoacid, Reaction mechanism, Lipids, Regeneration, Styrene derivatives, Autoxidation, Lipophilicity, EPR spectrometry, Organic free radical, Phenols, Ionization potential, Heat of dissociation, Hydrogen bond, Homolysis, Theoretical study, Density functional method, Organic disulfide, Oxidation, Inhibition, α-Tocopherol, Reaction rate, Reducing agent, Thiol, Acetylcysteine, Water, Peroxidation, Azo compound, Demethylation, Markownikoff rule, Intramolecular reaction, Claisen rearrangement, Microwave, Organic selenide, Allylic compound, Chemical synthesis, Antioxidant
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Chemical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-10499DOI: 10.1021/jo0700023ISI: 000245118900041PubMedID: 17335240OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-10499DiVA: diva2:38267
Available from: 2007-03-27 Created: 2007-03-27 Last updated: 2011-02-09Bibliographically approved
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1. Exploring Novel Catalytic Chalcogenide Antioxidants
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2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is concerned with the synthesis and evaluation of regenerable chalcogen containing antioxidants. Variously substituted 2,3-dihydrobenzo[b]selenophene-5-ol antioxidants were evaluated in order to gain information about structure/reactivity-relationships. Within the series explored, the most regenerable unsubstituted compound inhibited lipid peroxidation for more than 320 minutes when assayed in a two-phase lipid peroxidation model in the presence of N-acetylcysteine (NAC). α-Tocopherol which could inhibit lipid peroxidation for 90 minutes under similar conditions was therefore easily outperformed. The antioxidant activity of the parent was also documented in an aqueous environment. The best catalyst quenched/inhibited ROS production by neutrophils and PMA-stimulated macrophages more efficiently than Trolox. In addition, over a period of seven days, no disruption in proliferation for the cell lines used was observed when exposed to our synthetic compound or Trolox at a concentration of 60 µM.

3-Pyridinols substituted with alkyltelluro groups in the ortho-position were more regenerable in the two-phase model than their corresponding para-substituted analogues in the presence of NAC and also inhibited autoxidation of styrene in a catalytic fashion in homogenous phase in the presence of N-tert-butoxycarbonyl cysteine methyl ester (LipCys), a lipid-soluble analogue of NAC. The best inhibitors quenched peroxyl radicals more efficiently than α-tocopherol. They could also catalyze reduction of organic hydroperoxides in the presence of thiols and therefore mimic the action of the glutathione peroxidase enzymes. Mechanisms for the catalysis are proposed.

Octylthio, octylseleno and octyltelluro analogues of butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) were synthesized and evaluated. Among these, the tellurium compound was superior to α-tocopherol in the presence of NAC both when it comes to quenching capacity and regenerability.  Organochalcogen substituent effects in phenolic compounds were studied by using EPR, IR and computational methods.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2010. 71 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 742
antioxidant, tellurium, selenium, catalytic, toxicity, ROS, neutrophil, glutathione peroxidase mimic, macrophage.
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Organic Chemistry
Research subject
Chemistry with specialization in Organic Chemistry
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-122485 (URN)978-91-554-7803-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-06-03, B41, BMC, Husargatan 3, 751 23, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
Available from: 2010-05-11 Created: 2010-04-13 Last updated: 2010-05-18

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