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Sialic acid recognition remains an interesting and challenging target in molecular receptor design. Herein, we report a series of benzoboroxole-based receptors in which cationic hydrogen-bond donors have been introduced and shown to promote multipoint sialic acid recognition. One striking feature revealed by these receptors is that the carboxylate sialic acid residue is the primary binding determinant for recognition by benzoboroxole, in which the presence of charge-reinforced hydrogen bonds results in enhanced selectivity for sialic acid over other carbohydrates and a 4.5-fold increase in affinity. These findings open up wide possibilities for benzoboroxole-based receptors use in life science research, biotechnology, and diagnostics.
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Development and validation of a synthetic sugar recognition technology for prostate cancer risk stratification
1/04/19 → 31/12/22
30/09/13 → 31/05/19
Project: Research Councils