Design, synthesis and binding studies of a novel quadruple ADDA hydrogen-bond array
The design and synthesis of a novel ADDA hydrogen-bond array is described. The ureidodiimidazole motif (UDIM) 2 engages in interactions with complementary diamidonaphthyridine (DAN) 3 motifs with an association constant Ka = 825 ± 16 M−1 in chloroform. 1H NMR and molecular modelling studies were carried out in order to explain the unexpected behaviour of this new supramolecular motif. These revealed that a combination of effects including; an energetic bias for the folded conformer, subtle differences in shape complementarity between the two components and the potential for self-association of UDIM 2 disfavour higher affinity interactions between the two components.