Preparation of [VO(sal-L-Trp)(H2O)] (sal-L-Trp = N-salicylidene-L-tryptophanate) and characterisation of an unusual product obtained from its solutions in water–pyridine
A vanadium(IV) complex [VO(sal-L-Trp)(H2O)] 1 (sal-L-Trp = N-salicylidene-L-tryptophanate) has been isolated from solutions containing oxovanadium(IV), L-tryptophan and salicylaldehyde. From solutions also containing quinolin-8-ol (Hhquin) a similar oxovanadium(IV) complex VO(sal-L-Trp)·Hhquin·2H2O 2 was isolated. From solutions of 1 in water–pyridine, orange-brown crystals of [Hpy+]4[C14H13N2+]2[V10O286–] 3 were isolated and characterised by X-ray diffraction. The mechanism proposed for this reaction involves the attack of a pyridine molecule at the β-carbon atom of the tryptophan residue in 1.