The host-guest chemistry of resorcinarenes

  • H. -J. Schneider
  • U. Schneider
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Conformations, acid-base and supramolecular properties of phenolic metacyclophanes obtained from the condensation of resorcinol with aldehydes are discussed, including the mechanisms involved in the formation of these macrocycles. The strong binding of choline-type compounds and the inhibition of acetylcholine hydrolysis with therccc stereoisomers is mechanistically evaluated; arctt isomer shows strong conformational coupling for, e.g., choline binding and simultaneous proton release. The presence of larger alkyl residues at the bottom of therccc macrocycle leads to an additional binding site for small lipophilic substrates, which is independent of the upper complexation center for positively charged substrates. Substitution at the upper rim by carboxylic groups at the 2-position of the phenyl rings yields receptors for, e.g., α, ω-diammonium ions with alternate equatorial and axial arylunits. Positively charged substituents at the upper rim, introduced by aminoalkylation, lead to little change of complexation as a result from their orientation away from the binding center. Aminoacid substituents, for the same reason, do not lead to enantioselective complexation, but allow particularly for strong binding of transition metal ions. Preliminary studies show that resorcinarenes bearing a wide array of positive charges are potent groove binders to ds-DNA without intercalative contributions.

Key words

Acidities amino acids binding mechanisms calixarenes choline conformations copper complexes NMR polyphenolates resorcinarenes supramolecular complexes 


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  • H. -J. Schneider
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  • U. Schneider
    • 1
  1. 1.FR Organische Chemie der Universität des SaarlandesSaarbrückenGermany

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