Quantum mechanical calculations reveal the preferred mechanism and origins of chemoselectivity for HOCl‐mediated oxidation of zinc‐bound thiolates implicated in bacterial redox sensing. Distortion/interaction models show that minimizing geometric distortion at the zinc complex during the rate‐limiting nucleophilic substitution step controls the mechanistic preference for OH over Cl transfer with HOCl and the chemoselectivity for HOCl over H2O2.
Zumwalt, L., Perkins, A. and Ogba, O.M. (2020), Mechanism and Chemoselectivity for HOCl‐Mediated Oxidation of Zinc‐Bound Thiolates. ChemPhysChem 2020, 21, 2384. https://doi.org/10.1002/cphc.202000634