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Ligands (Biochemistry), Conformational analysis, Molecular structure -- Mathematical models, Contrast media (Diagnostic imaging)


Studies of the structural, physical, and chemical properties of the lanthanide(III) complexes of DOTA (1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid) and related ligands are often complicated by the presence of two coordination isomers in solution. Since these coordination isomers are in exchange and cannot be separated, many techniques offer information only on the weighted average of the two isomers. Lanthanide ion complexes formed with the ligands S(RRRR)NO2BnDOTMA and S(SSSS)NO2BnDOTMA preferentially adopt only one of the two common coordination isomers in solution, so the ytterbium complexes of these ligands offer a unique opportunity to study the near-infrared circular dichroism (NIR-CD) characteristics of each coordination geometry in isolation. The spectra acquired support many of the conclusions and assumptions of previous studies and demonstrate that this spectroscopy is particularly sensitive to the distortion of the coordination polyhedron. This will have particularly relevant consequences when studying achiral YbDOTA-like systems forming labile adducts with (chiral) hosts and receptors.


This is the authors' version of a paper that subsequently appeared in Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 44, no. 23: 8391-8398. The version of record may be found at

© 2005 American Chemical Society

Note: At the time of writing Mark Woods was affiliated with the University of Texas at Dallas.



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