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Abstract

Bile salts form supramolecular aggregates with two binding sites with different properties. The guest binding dynamics to the aggregates and guest protection from species in the aqueous phase were investigated using fluorescence and laser flash photolysis experiments. Sodium cholate, deoxycholate and taurodeoxycholate were used as bile salts and acetonitrile or ethylene glycol were added as co-solvents to water in order to alter the binding properties of 1-ethylnaphthalene and 1-naphthyl-1-ethanol with the aggregates. The binding dynamics are faster and protection efficiencies are lower for guests bound to cholate and in the presence of either co-solvent.