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Synthesis, Crystal Structure, DFT Studies, Docking Studies, and Fluorescent Properties of 2-(Adamantan-1-yl)-2H-isoindole-1-carbonitrile

Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535, South Africa
Crystals 2019, 9(1), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst9010024
Received: 4 December 2018 / Revised: 13 December 2018 / Accepted: 15 December 2018 / Published: 31 December 2018
2-(Adamantan-1-yl)-2H-isoindole-1-carbonitrile (1) has been identified as a neurobiological fluorescent ligand that may be used to develop receptor and enzyme binding affinity assays. Compound 1 was synthesized using an optimized microwave irradiation reaction, and crystallized from ethanol. Crystallization occurred in the orthorhombic space group P212121 with unit cell parameters: a = 6.4487(12) Å, b = 13.648(3) Å, c = 16.571(3) Å, V = 1458(5) Å3, Z = 4. Density functional theory (DFT) (B3LYP/6-311++G (d,p)) calculations of 1 were carried out. Results indicated that the optimized geometry was similar to the experimental results, with a root-mean-squared deviation of 0.143 Å. In this paper, frontier molecular orbital energies and net atomic charges are discussed with a focus on potential biological interactions. Docking experiments within the active site of the neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) protein crystal structure were carried out and analyzed. Important binding interactions between the DFT-optimized structure and amino acids within the nNOS active site were identified that explained the strong NOS binding affinity reported. Fluorescent properties of 1 were studied using aprotic solvents of different polarities. Compound 1 showed the highest fluorescence intensity in polar solvents, with excitation and emission maximum values of 336 nm and 380 nm, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: 2-(Adamantan-1-yl)-2H-isoindole-1-carbonitrile; X-ray diffraction; density functional theory (DFT); molecular orbital calculations; fluorescence; docking; neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS); fluorescent ligand 2-(Adamantan-1-yl)-2H-isoindole-1-carbonitrile; X-ray diffraction; density functional theory (DFT); molecular orbital calculations; fluorescence; docking; neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS); fluorescent ligand
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Joubert, J. Synthesis, Crystal Structure, DFT Studies, Docking Studies, and Fluorescent Properties of 2-(Adamantan-1-yl)-2H-isoindole-1-carbonitrile. Crystals 2019, 9, 24.

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