Methanolysis of 2-acetoxyethyl-2-13C-(pyridine)cobaloxime gave equal amounts of methoxyethyl-l- 13C- and -2- 13C-(pyridine)cobaloxime. This shows that during the solvolysis both carbon atoms, of the ligand bonded to cobalt, became equivalent, and the intermediate for this can be envisaged as an olefin π complex of cobalt. Further evidence for olefin complexes of trivalent cobalt was obtained from the reaction between cob(III)alamins or cob(III)aloximes and vinyl ethers which gave the corresponding σ-bonded cobalt acetals. By involving such π complexes as intermediates of the reactions which are catalyzed by the B12 coenzyme, one can account for, and generalize, the overall enzymatic rearrangements.
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