The kinetics of the reduction of the lipophilic quinone avarone by n-alkyl-1,4-dihydronicotinamides of various lipophilicities
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Several NADH model compounds, N-alkyl-1,4-dihydronicotinamides, some of them possessing amphiphilic properties, have been synthesized, and the kinetics of their reaction with a biologically active liphophilic quinone, avarone, has been studied in a protic solvent both in the presence and absence of cationic, anionic or non-ionic surfactants. In the absence of micellar agents, the medium- and long-chain N-dodecyl (3) and N-heptadecyl (4) derivatives show a significant increase in the reaction rates compared to other model compounds, due to the stabilization of the semiquinone intermediate. Anionic surfactants retard the reaction, non-ionic surfactants slightly accelerate the reaction with the short-chain derivatives, and retard the reaction with the medium- and long-chain derivatives, and the cationic surfactants increase the reaction rate with all derivatives except the long-chain 4. The results support the e-p-e mechanism of the reduction of lipophilic quinones by NADH models in proti...c medium.
Keywords:avarone / quinone / NADH models / surfactants / kinetics
Source:Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society, 1999, 64, 11, 647-654
- Serbian Chemical Soc, Belgrade