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Recognition of primary amines in water by a zinc funnel complex based on calix[6]arene

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Abstract

A water-soluble calix[6]arene-based tris(imidazole) ligand behaves as a highly selective receptor for primary amines in the presence of Zn(II) in water near physiological pH. It represents the first compound of this family of ligands that binds a Zn dication and an organic guest in water, thus giving rise to a stable host–guest adduct in spite of the highly competitive medium. The herein described self-assembly process displays a remarkable set of biomimetic properties. The ternary system (calix/Zn/amine) is formed in a very synergistic and allosteric manner and stabilizes the neutral form of the amino guest with a spectacular pseudo-pKa shift of ca. 7 units. This system constitutes an interesting structural model of metalloenzymes in aqueous solution.

Graphical abstract: Recognition of primary amines in water by a zinc funnel complex based on calix[6]arene

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The article was received on 29 Sep 2011, accepted on 16 Nov 2011 and first published on 16 Nov 2011


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1SC00738F
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2012,3, 811-818
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    Recognition of primary amines in water by a zinc funnel complex based on calix[6]arene

    O. Bistri, B. Colasson and O. Reinaud, Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 811
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SC00738F

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