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Rhenium(I) Tricarbonyl Complexes with (2-Hydroxyphenyl)diphenylphosphine as PO Bidentate Ligand

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Antonio Shegani, Charalampos Triantis, Berthold A. Nock, Theodosia Maina, Christos Kiritsis, Vassilis Psycharis, Catherine Raptopoulou, Ioannis Pirmettis, Francesco Tisato, Minas S. Papadopoulos

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8175-8186
Number of pages12
Issue number14
Published17 Jul 2017

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In the present work, we investigated potential means to obtain neutral tricarbonyl mixed-ligand fac-[M(CO)3L1L2] complexes (M = Re, 99mTc) containing the (2-hydroxyphenyl)diphenylphosphine (POH) bidentate ligand (L1H) and a series of monodentate ligands (L2). First, fac-[Re(CO)3(PO)(H2O)], 1, was synthesized by reaction of POH and [Et4N]2[Re(CO)3Br3] in equimolar amounts in MeOH at room temperature. Interestingly, with excess of POH this reaction afforded fac-[Re(CO)3(PO)(POH)], 2, with POH operating both as a bidentate and as a monodentate ligand. Owing to the presence of the labile aqua ligand, which can be readily replaced by various monodentate ligands, 1 was further used as a precursor to generate a small library of the desired fac-[M(CO)3L1L2] complexes. Specifically, by reaction of triphenylphosphine (PPh3), imidazole (im), pyridine (py), cyclohexyl isocyanide (cisc), and tert-butyl isocyanide (tbi), the following products were readily obtained in excellent yields (92%-95%): fac-[Re(CO)3(PO)(PPh3)], 3, fac-[Re(CO)3(PO)(im)], 4, fac-[Re(CO)3(PO)(py)], 5, fac-[Re(CO)3(PO)(cisc)], 6, and fac-[Re(CO)3(PO)(tbi)], 7. All compounds were fully characterized by elemental analysis, IR and NMR spectroscopies, and electrospray ionization(+) mass spectrometry. Their solid-state structure was elucidated by X-ray crystallography. Of considerable interest is the fact that the corresponding 2′-7′ were easily accessible at the 99mTc-tracer level in quantitative yields after reaction of POH and the respective monodentate ligand L2 with fac-[99mTc(CO)3(H2O)3]+ in aqueous MeOH, as verified by comparative chromatographic methods adopting dual photo- and radiometric detection modes. The high stability displayed by all 99mTc complexes during histidine and cysteine challenge assays underscored the suitability of the fac-[M(CO)3(PO)L2] system for radiopharmaceutical development purposes.

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