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Publication - Professor Jonathan Clayden

    Conformational Switching of a Foldamer in a Multicomponent System by pH-Filtered Selection between Competing Noncovalent Interactions

    Citation

    Brioche, J, Pike, SJ, Tshepelevitsh, S, Leito, I, Morris, GA, Webb, SJ & Clayden, J, 2015, ‘Conformational Switching of a Foldamer in a Multicomponent System by pH-Filtered Selection between Competing Noncovalent Interactions’. Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol 137., pp. 6680-6691

    Abstract

    Biomolecular systems are able to respond to their chemical environment through reversible, selective, noncovalent intermolecular interactions. Typically, these interactions induce conformational changes that initiate a signaling cascade, allowing the regulation of biochemical pathways. In this work, we describe an artificial molecular system that mimics this ability to translate selective noncovalent interactions into reversible conformational changes. An achiral but helical foldamer carrying a basic binding site interacts selectively with the most acidic member of a suite of chiral ligands. As a consequence of this noncovalent interaction, a global absolute screw sense preference, detectable by <sup>13</sup>C NMR, is induced in the foldamer. Addition of base, or acid, to the mixture of ligands competitively modulates their interaction with the binding site, and reversibly switches the foldamer chain between its left and right-handed conformations. As a result, the foldamer-ligand mixture behaves as a biomimetic chemical system with emergent properties, functioning as a "proton-counting" molecular device capable of providing a tunable, pH-dependent conformational response to its environment. (Figure Presented).

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