Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : Resonant X-ray emission spectroscopy (RXES) has developed in the past decade as a powerful tool to probe the chemical state of a metal center and in situ study chemical reactions. We have used it to monitor spectral changes associated with the reduction of osmium(VI) nitrido complexes to the osmium(III) ammine state by the biologically relevant reducing agent, glutathione. RXES difference maps are consistent with the proposed DFT mechanism and the formation of two stable osmium(IV) intermediates, thereby supporting the overall pathway for the reduction of these high-valent anticancer metal complexes for which reduction by thiols within cells may be essential to the antiproliferative activity.