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Chem Soc Rev. 2017 Oct 30;46(21):6480-6491. doi: 10.1039/c7cs00647k.

Guanidinium-based "molecular glues" for modulation of biomolecular functions.

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Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan.


Molecular adhesion based on multivalent interactions plays essential roles in various biological processes. Hence, "molecular glues" that can adhere to biomolecules may modulate biomolecular functions and therefore can be applied to therapeutics. This tutorial review describes design strategies for developing adhesive motifs for biomolecules based on multivalent interactions. We highlight a guanidinium ion-based salt-bridge as a key interaction for adhesion to biomolecules and discuss the application of molecular glues for manipulation of biomolecular assemblies, drug delivery systems, and modulation of biomolecular functions.

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