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    Nonprotonophoric electrogenic Cl− transport mediated by valinomycin-like carriers


    Wu, X, Judd, L, Howe, E, Withecombe, A, Soto-Cerrato, V, Li, H, Busschaert, N, Dijk, HV, Pérez-Tomás, R, Sheppard, D, Jiang, Y-B, Davis, A & Gale, PA, 2016, ‘Nonprotonophoric electrogenic Cl− transport mediated by valinomycin-like carriers’. Chem, vol 1., pp. 127-146


    Synthetic transmembrane anion transporters (anionophores) have potential as tools for biomedical research and as therapeutic agents for diseases associated with anion channel dysfunction. However the possibility of H+ or OH− transport by anionophores has received little attention and an anionophore selective for Cl− over H+ /OH− is currently unavailable. Here, we show that depending on anionophore acidity, many anionophores facilitate electrogenic H+ or OH− transport, potentially leading to toxicity. Nevertheless, using several liposome membrane-based assays, we identify two newly-developed small molecules that promote electrogenic Cl− transport without effectively dissipating the transmembrane pH gradient, essentially mimicking the electrogenic cationophore valinomycin. The Cl− > H+/OH− selectivity of anionophores showed a consistent positive correlation with the degree of Cl− encapsulation and a negative correlation with the acidity of hydrogen bond donors. Our study demonstrates for the first time that a valinomycin equivalent for Cl− -selective transport is achievable.

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