Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



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Platinum is the metal present in various classes of inorganic medicinal agents directed at important diseases such as cancer or viral infections. Several new Pt(II) complexes of polyamine ligands bearing a dansyl moiety linked by a sulfonamide group were prepared; in some cases the sulfonamide nitrogen formed a bond to Pt. The sulfonamido group donates strongly to Pt and places the dansyl group close to a vacant coordination position, allowing it to stack with bound guanine base (G) when G binds. The emission of the fluorophore decreases with decreasing distance to Pt. Metal nuclide radiopharmaceuticals contain a metal core and an inner ligating unit, usually having chelate rings. The development of the advantageous fac-[99mTc(CO)3(H2O)3]+ precursor has opened new directions for radiolabeling. The non-radioactive fac-[Re(CO)3(H2O)3]+ analogue is useful in understanding the chemistry of agents derived from the [99mTc(CO)3(H2O)3]+ species. To achieve a net neutral coordination unit in radiopharmaceuticals with a fac-M(CO)3+ core (M = Tc, Re), facially coordinated monoanionic tridentate ligands (L-) are needed. Several fac-[Re(CO)3L] complexes containing the sulfonamido group as one terminal ligating group were synthesized and characterized by X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy. For most sulfonamido complexes studied here, the two chelate rings have different pucker chirality, as is commonly found for a broad range of metal complexes. The complexes are stable at neutral and basic pH values and thus have potential for providing a neutral label in radiopharmaceuticals. The NMR signal averaging indicates that the rotations about the N-S and S-C bonds of the sulfonamido group are rapid on the NMR time scale. Understanding the chemical features of the prototypical complexes by using the fac-[Re(CO)3L]-analogue approach and the minimal ligand was the goal of this part of this investigation. fac-[Re(CO)3L]+ complexes containing prototypical NNN or NSN tridentate ligands, such as diethylenetriamine (dien) and simple dien derivatives, were investigated by X-ray crystallographic and NMR methods. fac-[Re(CO)3L]+ complexes with two terminal exo-NH groups exhibit unusually upfield exo-NH NMR signals, which shift downfield on addition of Cl- indicating 1:1 ion pairs forms involving one Cl- to two exo-NH's H-bonds.



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Committee Chair

Luigi G. Marzilli



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