Molecular Recognition: Stacking Interactions Influence Watson‐Crick vs. Hoogsteen Base‐Pairing in a Model for Adenine Receptors

Julius Rebek, Kevin Williams, Kevin Parris, Pablo Ballester, Kyu-Sung Jeong

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Despite ideal conformation of the two naphthyl esters 1a, b in the solid state, they do not form any edge‐to‐face associates with 9‐ethyladenine in solution. Rather, as detailed NOE and 2D‐NOESY NMR measurements have shown, face‐to‐face associates such as 2 are preferentially formed by stacking interactions, whereby the nature of the base pairing and the bond strengths can be engineered as desired by variation of the substituents. (Figure Presented.)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1244-1245
Number of pages2
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1987 Dec


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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