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Complexation of uranium(vi) with peptidoglycan

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We investigated the interaction of UO22+ with peptidoglycan (PG), the main part of the outer membrane of Gram-positive bacteria, by potentiometric titration and time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLFS) over a wide pH (2.0 to 9.0) and concentration range (10−5 to 10−4 M U(VI), 0.01 to 0.2 g L−1 PG). With potentiometry two different dissociation constants for the carboxyl sites of glutamic acid and diaminopimelic acid (pKa = 4.55 ± 0.02 and 6.31 ± 0.01), and one averaged pKa for hydroxyl and amino groups (which are not distinguishable) (9.56 ± 0.03) and the site densities could be identified. With potentiometry three different uranyl PG complexes were ascertained: two 1 : 1 uranyl carboxyl complexes R–COO–UO2+, one with the glutamic acid carboxyl group (log β110 = 4.02 ± 0.03), which has a very small formation ratio, and one with the diaminopimelic acid carboxyl group (log β110 = 7.28 ± 0.03), and a mixed 1 : 1 : 1 complex with additional hydroxyl or amino coordination, R–COO–UO2(+)–Ai–R (Ai = NH2 or O) (log β1110 = 14.95 ± 0.02). With TRLFS, also three, but different, species could be identified: a 1 : 1 uranyl carboxyl complex R–COO–UO2+ (log β110 = 6.9 ± 0.2), additionally a 1 : 2 uranyl carboxyl complex (R–COO)2–UO2 (log β120 = 12.1 ± 0.2), both with diaminopimelic acid carboxyl groups, and the mixed species R–COO–UO2(+)–Ai–R (Ai = NH2 or O) (log β1110 = 14.5 ± 0.1). The results are in accordance within the errors of determination.

Graphical abstract: Complexation of uranium(vi) with peptidoglycan

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Submitted
22 Oct 2008
Accepted
31 Mar 2009
First published
21 May 2009

Dalton Trans., 2009, 5379-5385
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Complexation of uranium(VI) with peptidoglycan

A. Barkleit, H. Moll and G. Bernhard, Dalton Trans., 2009, 5379
DOI: 10.1039/B818702A

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