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Curr Opin Chem Biol. 2002 Dec;6(6):736-41.

Aromatic interactions in model systems.

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Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3290, USA.


A thorough knowledge of noncovalent interactions is crucial to the understanding of biological complexity. One of the less well understood but significant weak interactions in nature is the aromatic interaction. Recent studies have provided new insight into the driving force, stability and selectivity of these interactions. The contribution of solvophobic and electrostatic interactions have been shown to be inextricably linked. Moreover, the influence of electrostatic and solvophobic components on the selectivity of aromatic interactions has been demonstrated.

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