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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 32, Number 9
BKCSDE 32(9)
September 20, 2011 

Facile Synthesis of the Uryl Pendant Binaphthol Aldehyde and Its Selective Fluorescent Recognition of Tryptophan
Lijun Tang*, Gongfan Wei, Raju Nandhakumar,*, Zhilong Guo
Tryptophan, Recognition, Enantioselectivity, Fluorescence, Binaphthol
An easy and convenient synthetic route to (S)-2-hydroxy-2'-(3-phenyluryl-benzyl)-1,1'-binaphthyl-3-carboxaldehyde (1), capable of recognizing tryptophan by fluorescence has been developed. The binol carboxaldehyde 1 exhibited a high selectivity to L-tryptophan over other examined L-α-amino acids such as alanine, phenylalanine, glutamine, arginine, lysine, serine, threonine, aspartat, valine, histidine and cysteine, with a fluorescence “turn-on” signal. In addition, 1 displayed chiral discrimination with good enantioselectivity toward L-tryptophan over D-tryptophan through different fluorescence enhancement factors.
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