Aqueous recognition of purine and pyrimidine bases by an anthracene-based macrocyclic receptor

Danny Van Eker, Soumen K. Samanta, Anthony P. Davis

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A water-soluble bis-anthracenyl tetralactam binds biogenic heterocycles with high affinities in aqueous solution, rising to 107 M−1 for the purine hypoxanthine. Recognition occurs through a combination of hydrogen bonding and hydrophobic interactions, and results in fluorescence changes which suggest applications in sensing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to) 9268-9271
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number65
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2020

Structured keywords

  • BCS and TECS CDTs

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