Study of CH/π Interactions in the Molecular Recognition between Acetyl Galactopyranoside and 6-substituted 2-Methoxypyridines and 2(1H)-Pyridones


  • Fabian Cuetara-Guadarrama Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Karla Ramírez-Gualito Instituto Politécnico Nacional
  • Gabriel Cuevas Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México



CH/p interactions, supramolecular chemistry, glycosides, non-covalent interactions, molecular recognition


A series of 6-substituted 2-methoxypyridine and 2(1H)-pyridones was designed and synthesized for its evaluation in the molecular recognition of acetyl 2,3,4,6-tetra-O-methyl-b-D-galactopyranoside substrate. 1H-NMR titration (affinity constant Ka determination) and chemical shift perturbation experiments were performed to evaluate the capacity of these receptors to form CH/π interactions with the substrate. The addition of 2-methoxypyridines to the substrate effected up-field shift for the H3, H4 and H5 proton signals and down-field shift for the H2 proton signal of galactopyranoside substrate. The determined affinity constant Ka values for the association between 2(1H)-pyridones and galactopyranoside showed that molecular recognition was weak. These results have demonstrated the existence of weak CH/π interactions and have reflected their weak intermolecular nature. Finally DFT calculations were performed to illustrate the geometry of the molecular recognition between 2(1H)-pyridones and galactopyranoside.


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Author Biographies

Fabian Cuetara-Guadarrama, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Departamento de Fisicoquímica, Instituto de Química

Karla Ramírez-Gualito, Instituto Politécnico Nacional

Centro de Nanociencias y Micro y Nanotecnologías

Gabriel Cuevas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Departamento de Fisicoquímica, Instituto de Química





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