Development of dipicolylamine-modified cyclodextrins for the design of selective guest-responsive receptors for atp

Tatsuru Yamada, Shoji Fujiwara, Kyohhei Fujita, Yuji Tsuchido, Takeshi Hashimoto, Takashi Hayashita*

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The construction of supramolecular recognition systems based on specific host-guest interactions has been studied in order to design selective chemical sensors. In this study, guest-responsive receptors for ATP have been designed with cyclodextrins (CyDs) as a basic prototype of the turn-on type fluorescent indicator. We synthesized dipicolylamine (DPA)-modified CyD-Cu2+ complexes (Cu1α, Cu1β, and Cu1γ), and evaluated their recognition capabilities toward phosphoric acid derivatives in water. The UV-Vis absorption and fluorescence spectra revealed that Cu1β selectively recognized ATP over other organic and inorganic phosphates, and that β-CyD had the most suitable cavity size for complexation with ATP. The 1D and 2D NMR analyses suggested that the ATP recognition was based on the host-guest interaction between the adenine moiety of ATP and the CyD cavity, as well as the recognition of phosphoric moieties by the Cu2+-DPA complex site. The specific interactions between the CyD cavity and the nucleobases enabled us to distinguish ATP from other nucleoside triphosphates, such as guanosine triphosphate (GTP), uridine triphosphate (UTP), and cytidine triphosphate (CTP). This study clarified the basic mechanisms of molecular recognition by modified CyDs, and suggested the potential for further application of CyDs in the design of highly selective supramolecular recognition systems for certain molecular targets in water.

Original languageEnglish
Article number635
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • ATP recognition
  • Cyclodextrin
  • Host-guest interaction
  • NMR analyses
  • Supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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