New H-bonding patterns in biphenyl-based synthetic lectins; pyrrolediamine bridges enhance glucose-selectivity

Gururaj Joshi, Anthony P. Davis

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Synthetic lectins are molecules designed for the challenging task of biomimetic carbohydrate recognition in water. Previous work has explored a family of such systems based on bi/terphenyl units as hydrophobic surfaces and isophthalamide spacers to provide polar binding groups. Here we report a related receptor which employs a new spacer, 2,5-bis-(aminomethyl)-pyrrole, with an alternative (A-D-A) set of H-bonding valencies. The modified spacer leads to significant changes in binding selectivity, including a preference for glucose over all other tested substrates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5760-5763
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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