Molecular Recognition of Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins by Cucurbit[n]uril Receptors

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  • Adam R. Urbach,

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    1. Department of Chemistry, Trinity University, 1 Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX, 78212, USA phone: +1 210-999-7660 fax: +1 210-999-7569
    • Department of Chemistry, Trinity University, 1 Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX, 78212, USA phone: +1 210-999-7660 fax: +1 210-999-7569
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  • Vijayakumar Ramalingam

    1. Department of Chemistry, Trinity University, 1 Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX, 78212, USA phone: +1 210-999-7660 fax: +1 210-999-7569
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Abstract

At the forefront of the endeavor to understand and manipulate living systems is the design and study of receptors that bind with high affinity and selectivity to specific amino acids, peptides, and proteins. Cucurbit[n]urils are among the most promising class of synthetic receptors for these targets due to their high affinities and selectivities in aqueous media and to the unique combination of electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions that govern binding. The fundamental supramolecular chemistry in this area has been explored in depth, and novel, useful applications are beginning to emerge.

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