Gd(III) and Yb(III) Complexes Derived from a New Water-Soluble Dioxopolyazacyclohexane Macrocycle

Rosa E. Navarro, Alan Coronado, Motomichi Inoue, Ángel U. Orozco Valencia, Yedith Soberanes*, Alex J. Salazar-Medina*

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A new macrocyclic ligand was synthesized by a reaction between diethylenetriaminepentaacetic (DTPA) dianhydride and trans-1,4-diaminocyclohexane, and the Gd(III) and Yb(III) complexes were prepared. The compounds were characterized by spectroscopic methods. Structural calculation by DFT shows that the amide linkages are arranged in such a way that a conformational strain is minimized in the macrocyclic frame. The coordination modes of the ligand and water in the metal complexes were also determined by DFT. The longitudinal relaxation time T1 was measured for aqueous solutions of the Gd(III) complex. The T1 relaxivity arises from the structural feature that a water molecule coordinated to the paramagnetic metal is surrounded by a large open space, through which the exchange of water occurs readily to shorten the relaxation time of water in the entire region, as a result of the chelate conformation defined strictly by the amide groups and the cyclohexane ring.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34575-34582
Number of pages8
JournalACS Omega
Issue number38
StatePublished - 26 Sep 2023

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