Synthesis and complexing properties of cyclic benzylopeptoids – a new family of extended macrocyclic peptoids†
An efficient protocol for the solid-phase synthesis of six members of a new class of extended macrocyclic peptoids (based on ortho-, meta- and para-N-(methoxyethyl)aminomethyl phenylacetyl units) is described. Theoretical (DFT) and experimental (NMR) studies on the free and Na+-complexed cyclic trimers (3–5) and tetramers (6–8) demonstrate that annulation of the rigidified peptoids can generate new hosts with the ability to sequestrate one or two sodium cations with the affinities and stoichiometries defined by the macrocycle morphology. Ion transport studies have been also performed in order to better appreciate the factors promoting transmembrane cation translocation.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Macrocycles with bio-related applications