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Biophys J. 1996 Oct;71(4):2144-54.

Thermodynamics of hydrogen bond and hydrophobic interactions in cyclodextrin complexes.

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Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-0560 USA.


Values of K, delta G(o), delta H(o), delta S(o) and delta C(po) for the binding reaction of small organic ligands forming 1:1 complexes with either alpha- or beta-cyclodextrin were obtained by titration calorimetry from 15 degrees C to 45 degrees C. A hydrogen bond or hydrophobic interaction was introduced by adding a single functional group to the ligand. The thermodynamics of binding with and without the added group are compared to estimate the contribution of the hydrogen bond or hydrophobic interaction. A change in the environment of a functional group is required to influence the binding thermodynamics, but molecular size-dependent solute-solvent interactions have no effect. For phenolic O-H-O hydrogen bond formation, delta H(o) varies from -2 to -1.4 kcal mol(-1) from 15 degrees C to 45 degrees C, and delta C(p) is increased by 18 cal K(-1) mol(-1). The hydrophobic interaction has an opposite effect: in alpha-cyclodextrin, delta C(po) = -13.3 cal K(-1) mol(-1) per ligand -CH(2)-, identical to values found for the transfer of a -CH(2)-group from water to a nonpolar environment. At room temperature, the hydrogen bond and the -CH(2)-interaction each contribute about -600 cal mol(-1) to the stability (delta G(o)) of the complex. With increased temperature, the hydrogen bond stability decreases (i.e., hydrogen bonds "melt"), but the stability of the hydrophobic interaction remains essentially constant.

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