Synthesis, crystal structure, phosphate hydrolysis activity and antibacterial activity of macrocyclic dinuclear Zn(II) complex with benzyl pendant-arms
A new macrocyclic dinuclear Zn(II) complex is synthesized by the cyclocondensation between 3,3'-(ethane-1,2-diylbis (benzylazanediyl))bis(methylene) bis (2-hydroxy-5-methyl-benzaldehyde) and 1,3-diaminopropane and the subsequent with zinc salts. The as-prepared complex is characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR, ES-MS and single crystal X-ray diffraction. The complex consists of one independent molecular unit of [Zn2(μ-OAC)L]+ ClO4- and two water molecules with one on a symmetry element. Four of these units collectively form two pairs of dinuclear complex units of [Zn2(μ-OAc)L]+ with one unit sharing two perchlorate ions and one water molecule and the other unit sharing two perchlorate ions and one symmetry equivalent water molecule. Each zinc(II) ion exhibits a slightly distorted square pyramidal geometry. Two Zn atoms are bridged by two oxygen atoms of an acetate anion and two phenolic O atoms. The Zn-Zn distance is 2.951 Å. An ordered two-dimensional network is formed by weak intermolecular interactions in the crystal structure of the complex. The phosphate ester hydrolysis activity and the antibacterial activity of the complex are studied. The results showed that the synthesized complex has an efficient catalytic activity of phosphoester bond cleavage and the potential to inhibit the growth of E. coli. The optimum catalytic rate constant (kcat) at pH 7.8 for the hydrolysis of 4-nitrophenyl phosphate disodium salt hexahydrate (pNPP) by the synthesized complex is 2.98 × 10-4 s-1, and 105 times faster than that the spontaneous hydrolysis of the phosphate monoester.