A water-soluble ruthenium glycosylated porphyrin catalyst for carbenoid transfer reactions in aqueous media with applications in bioconjugation reactions.J Am Chem Soc. 2010 Feb 17; 132(6):1886-94.JA
Water-soluble [Ru(II)(4-Glc-TPP)(CO)] (1, 4-Glc-TPP = meso-tetrakis(4-(beta-D-glucosyl)phenyl)porphyrinato dianion) is an active catalyst for the following carbenoid transfer reactions in aqueous media with good selectivities and up to 100% conversions: intermolecular cyclopropanation of styrenes (up to 76% yield), intramolecular cyclopropanation of an allylic diazoacetate (68% yield), intramolecular ammonium/sulfonium ylide formation/[2,3]-sigmatroptic rearrangement reactions (up to 91% yield), and intermolecular carbenoid insertion into N-H bonds of primary arylamines (up to 83% yield). This ruthenium glycosylated porphyrin complex can selectively catalyze alkylation of the N-terminus of peptides (8 examples) and mediate N-terminal modification of proteins (four examples) using a fluorescent-tethered diazo compound (15). A fluorescent group was conjugated to ubiquitin via 1-catalyzed alkene cyclopropanation with 15 in aqueous solution in two steps: (1) incorporation of an alkenic group by the reaction of N-hydroxysuccinimide ester 19 with ubiquitin and (2) cyclopropanation of the alkene-tethered Lys(6) ubiquitin (23) with the fluorescent-labeled diazoacetate 15 in the presence of a catalytic amount of 1. The corresponding cyclopropanation product (24) was obtained with approximately 55% conversion based on MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. The products 23, 24, and the N-terminal modified peptides and proteins were characterized by LC-MS/MS and/or SDS-PAGE analyses.