DMPO-OH radical formation from 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline N-oxide (DMPO) in hot water

Aomori University, Aomori, Aomori, Japan
Analytical Sciences (Impact Factor: 1.39). 03/2007; 23(2):219-21. DOI: 10.2116/analsci.23.219
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When an aqueous solution of 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline N-oxide (DMPO) was heated at 70 degrees C for 30 min, formation of DMPO-OH was observed by ESR. This DMPO-OH radical formation was suppressed under an argon atmosphere. When water was replaced with ultra-pure water for ICP-MS experiments, DMPO-OH radical formation was also diminished. Under an argon atmosphere in ultra-pure water, the intensity of the DMPO-OH signal decreased to about 1/20 of that observed under aerobic conditions with regular purified water. The addition of hydroxyl radical scavengers such as mannitol did not affect the formation of DMPO-OH, but the signal turned faint in the presence of EDTA. We suggest that DMPO reacted with dissolved oxygen to form DMPO-OH.

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