Structural & Supramolecular Chemistry Research Group – Research – Structure and intermolecular interactions of host-guest complexes

B. Structure and intermolecular interactions of host-guest complexes

Supramolecular systems involving cyclodextrins (CDs), macrocyclic carbohydrates of varying size (α, β, γ-CD) comprises one of the main topics of the laboratory. CDs have a hydrophobic cavity in which a plethora of hydrophobic molecules can be encapsulated (Scheme B1). The laboratory has a long experience in structural studies of CD inclusion complexes in the crystalline state and in aqueous solution. Aspects of complex formation regarding self assembly in the solid sate, strongly influenced by the structure of the guest molecule, complexation variants in solution, enantioselectivity and enantiospecificity issues have been studied.

Scheme B1. An inclusion complex is formed by a cyclodextrin (green) and a guest molecule (pink).


B1. Crystal structures by X-ray analysis: influence of the guest on the self assembly of hosts in the crystal

Structural studies of β-CD have revealed that the majority of complexes form dimers in the crystalline state (Figure 1a,b, c), which pack in four major packing arrangements,B1-B3 however interesting exceptions (trimers) are also observed (Figure 1d).B4

Figure B1. Packing modes of βCD complexes (a) dimers with tridecanoic acid, host:guest, 2:1 (channel); (b) tridecanedioic acid, 2:1 complex and (c) N-acetyl-L-tryptophan, 2:2 complex (broken channel); (d) Trimers of the βCD-pyridinealdazine 3:2 complex.

B2. Crystal and solution structures of bioactive compounds molecularly enclosed into cyclodextrin hosts

Comparative studies in the solid state and in aqueous solution (mainly by X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy) of CD complexes with guests (Figure 2), such as drugs (acemetacin,B5 triclosan,B6 sulfonylurea anti-diabetic drugs, B7 penicillinsB8), pheromones (dacus B9-B10 and prays oleaeB11 sex pheromonesB11), nucleotidesB12, amino acidsB13 and various model systemsB14-B17 that allow to study self-organization, B18,B19 guest recognition and enantioselectivity in binding.B9-11, B13, B20

Figure B2. (a) A βCD dimer enclosing the anti-diabetic drug, tolazamide in the crystal; (b) the complex of βCD dimer with the antibacterial agent triclosan; (c) mode of inclusion of deoxyadenosine monophosphate into the cavity of a guanidinylated β-CD dimer in solution.

B3. Enantioselectivity in the crystal and in solution

The inherent chirality of the cyclodextrin hosts frequently impacts the selectivity of binding of a chiral guest. Depending on the size and the flexibility of the host molecule, the manifestation of enantioselectivity toward a specific chiral guest can be impressive (Figure B3). In aqueous solution either preference or no preference toward one of the enantiomers can be observed, however upon crystallization the numerous soft host-guest interactions that determine preference in solution are magnified by the imposed crystallographic order and crystallization of only one of the enantiomers may be observed. Characteristic examplesB9-10 are permethylated α-CD that forms crystalline inclusion complex with only the (R)-enantiomer of the olive tree fly Bactrocera oleae (Dacus) pheromone, whereas permethylated β-CD with only the (S)-enantiomer (Figure B3a,b).

Figure B3. (a) In the crystal only the (R)-enantiomer of a Dacus insect pheromone is encapsulated by per-2,3,6-O-methyl-α-CD (enantiospecificity);B9 (b) In the crystal primarily the (S)-enantiomer of the same insect pheromone is encapsulated by per-2,3,6-O-methyl-β-CD (enantioselectivity); B10 (c) β-CD forms a crystalline complex only with N-Acetyl-L-tryptophan (the crystalline complex of the D-enantiomer cannot be obtained).B11

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  19. Cooperative heterodimer formation between per-guadinylated and carboxylated or phoshphyorylated cyclodextrins in DMSO and DMSO-water studied by NMR spectroscopy and Microcalorimetry. K. Fotiadou, A. Thanassoulas, G. Nounesis, K. Yannakopoulou, Chem. 2011, 23, 493-500.
  20. Real time monitoring of nanomolar binding to a cyclodextrin monolayer immobilised on a Si/SiO2/Novolac surface using White Light Reflectance Spectroscopy: The case of triclosan. Maffeo, Z. Velkov, K. Misiakos, K. Mergia, A. Paulidou, M. Zavali, I. M. Mavridis, K. Yannakopoulou J. Colloid. Interface Sci. 2011, 358, 369–375.