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Angew Chem Int Ed Engl ; 58(16): 5302-5306, 2019 Apr 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30786135


We describe the preparation of the first water-soluble pH-responsive supramolecular hexagonal boxes (SHBs) based on multiple charge-assisted hydrogen bonds between peramino-pillar[6]arenes 2 with the molecular "lid" mellitic acid (1 a). The interaction between 2 and 1 a, as well as the other "lids" pyromellitic and trimesic acids (1 b and 1 c, respecively) were studied by a combination of experimental and computational methods. Interestingly, the addition of 1 a to the complexes of the protonated form of pillar[6]arene 2, that is, 3, with bis-sulfonate 4 a or 4 b, immediately led to guest escape along with the formation of closed 1 a2 2 supramolecular boxes. Moreover, the process of the openning and closing of the supramolecular boxes along with threading and escaping of the guests, respectively, was found to be reversible and pH-responsive. This study paves the way for the easy and modular preparation of different SHBs that may have myriad applications.

Chemphyschem ; 20(2): 246-251, 2019 01 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30079552


Macrocyclic host structures for generating transiently bound 129 Xe have been used in various ultra-sensitive NMR and MRI applications for molecular sensing of biochemical analytes. They are based on hyperpolarized nuclei chemical exchange saturation transfer (Hyper-CEST). Here, we tested a set of water-soluble pillar[5]arenes with different counterions in order to compare their potential contrast agent abilities with that of cryptophane-A (CrA), the most widely used host for such purposes. The exchange of Xe with such compounds was found to be sensitive to the type of ions present in solution and can be used for switchable magnetization transfer (MT) contrast that arises from off-resonant pre-saturation. We demonstrate that the adjustable MT magnitude depends on the interplay of saturation parameters and found that the optimum MT contrast surpasses the CrA CEST performance at moderate saturation power. Since modification of such water-soluble pillar[5]arenes is straightforward, these compounds can be considered a promising platform for designing various sensors that may complement the field of Xe HyperCEST-based biosensing MRI.

Calixarenos/química , Espectroscopia de Ressonância Magnética/métodos , Isótopos de Xenônio/química , Compostos Policíclicos/química , Solubilidade , Água/química