High-affinity and selective detection of pyrophosphate in water by a resorcinarene salt receptor

Ngong Kodiah Beyeh*, Isabel Díez, S. Maryamdokht Taimoory, Daniel Meister, Andrew I. Feig, John F. Trant, Robin H.A. Ras, Kari Rissanen

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Pyrophosphate (PPi) is a byproduct of DNA and RNA synthesis, and abnormal levels are indicative of disease. We report the high-affinity binding of PPi in water by N-alkyl ammonium resorcinarene chloride receptors. Experimental analysis using 1H and 31P NMR, isothermal titration calorimetry, mass spectrometry, and UV-vis spectroscopy all support exceptional selectivity of these systems for PPi in water. The measured affinity of K1 = 1.60 × 107 M-1 for PPi is three orders of magnitude larger than that observed for binding to another phosphate, ATP. This exceptional anion-binding affinity in water is explored through a detailed density functional theory computational study. These systems provide a promising avenue for the development of future innovative medical diagnostic tools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1358-1367
Number of pages10
JournalChemical Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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