Design and recognition of cucurbituril-secured platinum-bound oligopeptides

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Platinum terpyridyl complexes, stacked on top of one another and secured as dimers with cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8]) in aqueous medium, were functionalized quantitatively andin situwith a pair of pentapeptides Phe-(Gly)3-Cys by grafting their cysteine residues to the Pt centers. The resulting CB[8]·(Pt·peptide)2assemblies were used to target secondary hosts CB[7] and CB[8]viatheir pair of phenylalanine residues, againin situ. A series of well-defined architectures, including a supramolecular “pendant necklace” with hybrid head-to-head and head-to-tail arrangements inside CB[8], were obtained during the self-sorting process after combining only 3 or 4 simple building units.