Guest Binding Dynamics with Cucurbit[7]uril in the Presence of Cations

Hao Tang, Denis Fuentealba, Young Ho Ko, Narayanan Selvapalam, Kimoon Kim & Cornelia Bohne
The binding dynamics of R-(+)-2-naphthyl-1-ethylammonium cation (NpH+) with cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7]) was investigated. Competitive binding with Na+ or H3O+ cations enabled the reaction to be slowed down sufficiently for the kinetics to be studied by fluorescence stopped-flow experiments. The binding of two Na+ cations to CB[7], i.e., CB[7]·Na+ (K01 = 130 ± 10 M–1) and Na+·CB[7]·Na+ (K02 = 21 ± 2 M–1), was derived from the analysis of binding isotherms and the kinetic studies. NpH+ binds...
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