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Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
Volume 1, Issue 3-4, Pages 285-298

Inferences on the Nature of a Cr(V) or Cr(IV) Species Formed by Reduction of Dichromate by a Bovine Liver Homogenate: NMR and Mass-Spectrometric Studies

1Department of Chemistry, University of Siena, Via A.Moro, Siena 53100, Italy
2Department of Molecular Biology, University of Siena, Via Fiorentina, Siena 53100, Italy

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A low-molecular weight chromium-containing fraction of the material resulting from dichromate reduction by bovine liver homogenate was investigated by NMR and ES-MS. The ES-MS spectrum showed a readily detectable peak at m/z = 786.1. The same molecular weight reasonably agreed with the relatively low diffusion coefficient measured by NMR-DOSY experiments on the main species observed in the 1H NMR spectrum. At least two downfield shifted and broad paramagnetic signals were apparent in the 1H NMR spectrum. Temperature dependence of chemical shift was exploited in order to estimate the diamagnetic shift of the signals in the diamagnetic region of the spectrum. 2D TOCSY, NOESY, COSY and 1H-3C HMQC spectra revealed the presence of aromatic protons (which were assigned as His residues), Gly and some other short chain amino-acids. Combinations of the molecular masses of such components together with acetate (which is present in the solution) and chromium atoms allowed a tentative proposal of a model for the compound.