2,6-Pyridinedicarbothioic acid

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2,6-Pyridinedicarbothioic acid
Skeletal formula of 2,6-pyridinedicarbothioic acid
Ball-and-stick model of the 2,6-pyridinedicarbothioic acid molecule
IUPAC name
2,6-pyridinedicarbothioic acid
Other names
PDTC, dithiopyridinedicarbothioic acid
3D model (JSmol)
Molar mass 185.24 g·mol−1
Appearance White crystalline solid
Density 1.415 g/cm3
Melting point 97 to 99 °C (207 to 210 °F; 370 to 372 K)
Boiling point 404.4 °C (759.9 °F; 677.5 K)
1000 g/L (5.02 mol/L)
Main hazards acidic
Flash point 198.4 °C (389.1 °F; 471.5 K)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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2,6-Pyridinedicarbothioic acid (PDTC) is an organosulfur compound that is produced by some bacteria. It functions as a siderophore, a small chelating agent with a high affinity for iron. Siderophores are deployed as ion scavengers for microbes. Siderophores solubilize compounds by forming strong complexes. PDTC is secreted by the soil bacteria Pseudomonas stutzeri and Pseudomonas putida.[1]

Synthesis and biosynthesis[edit]

PDTC can be synthesized by treating the pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylic acid (or its diacid dichloride) with H2S in dry pyridine:

NC5H3(COOH)2 + 2 H2S → NC5H3(COSH)2 + 2 H2O

This produces an orange 1:1 pyridinium salt of 2,6-pyridinedicarbothioate. Treatment of this salt with acid give PDTC, which can then be extracted with dichloromethane.

The biosynthesis of PDTC remains unclear although some insights can be deduced from the genetics.[2] It is suggested that Pseudomonas stutzeri may have acquired at least one of the genes by lateral transfer from mycobacteria.[3] In a proposed biosynthetic sequence pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylic acid, a known bacterial metabolite,[3] is activated as its bis-adenosine monophosphate (AMP) derivative. The sulfur donor and its activation remain uncertain.[4]

Coordination chemistry[edit]

PDTC binds to both Fe2+ and Fe3+. The ferric complex is brown, whereas the ferrous complex is blue. In the presence of air, the ferrous complex oxidizes to the ferric compound.[5] It is iron selective[3] as only the Fe complex is soluble in water. PDTC is produced mainly during the exponential phase of bacterial growth. The conditions at which Pseudomonas produces PDTC is 25 °C, pH=8 and sufficient aeration.[4]

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  1. ^ Budzikiewicz, Herbert (2010). "Microbial Siderophores". 92: 1–75. doi:10.1007/978-3-211-99661-4_1. 
  2. ^ Cortese, Marc S; Caplan, Allan B; Crawford, Ronald L (2002). "Structural, functional, and evolutionary analysis of moeZ, a gene encoding an enzyme required for the synthesis of the Pseudomonas metabolite, pyridine-2,6-bis(thiocarboxylic acid)". BMC Evolutionary Biology. 2: 8. PMC 115864Freely accessible. PMID 11972321. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-2-8. 
  3. ^ a b c Cortese, Marc S.; Paszczynski, Andrzej; Lewis, Thomas A.; Sebat, Jonathan L.; Borek, Vladimir; Crawford, Ronald L. (2002). "Metal chelating properties of pyridine-2,6-bis(thiocarboxylic acid) produced by Pseudomonas spp. And the biological activities of the formed complexes". BioMetals. 15 (2): 103–120. PMID 12046919. doi:10.1023/A:1015241925322. 
  4. ^ a b Budzikiewicz, H. (2003). "Heteroaromatic monothiocarboxylic acids from Pseudomonas spp". Biodegradation. 14 (2): 65–72. PMID 12877462. doi:10.1023/A:1024012015127. 
  5. ^ Ockels, W., Roemer, A., Budzikiewicz, H., Korth, H., Pulverer, G., "Bacterial constituents. II. An iron(II) complex of pyridine-2,6-di-(monothiocarboxylic acid) - a novel bacterial metabolic product", Tetrahedron Lett. 1978, 3341. doi:10.1016/S0040-4039(01)85634-3