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Bis(3-endo-camphoryl)phosphinic acid, a non-racemic helical supramolecular host with aquapores
journal contributionposted on 2008-11-17, 00:00 authored by J Beckmann, Andrew DuthieAndrew Duthie, R Ruttinger, T Schwich
Bis(3-endo-camphoryl)phosphinic acid (1) was prepared by the reaction of the lithium enolate of D-(+)-camphor and phosphorous trichloride followed by an oxidative work up. Compound 1 crystallizes from wet toluene as monohydrate 1·H2O, which was investigated by X-ray crystallography. Molecules of 1 are associated by strong hydrogen bonds giving rise to the formation of a supramolecular helix. The interior channel of the helix is filled by a one-dimensional (1D) string of water molecules that are also associated by hydrogen bonding. The 1D string adopts a twisted zigzag conformation. Although the hydrogen bond networks are not cross-linked both the screw of the helix and the twist of the 1D string of water molecules are left-handed (M) and controlled by the chiral camphoryl residues situated on the exterior of the helix. The overall supramolecular structure is strongly reminiscent of aquaporin-1, a significant membrane-channel protein responsible for the transport of water into the cells.