G‑Arylated Hydrogen-Bonded Cyclic Tetramer Assemblies with Remarkable Thermodynamic and Kinetic Stability

The preparation and self-assembly of novel G–C dinucleoside monomers that are equipped with electron-poor aryl groups at the G-N2 amino group have been studied. Such monomers associate via Watson–Crick H-bonding into discrete unstrained tetrameric macrocycles that arise as a thermodynamically and kinetically stabilized product in a wide variety of experimental conditions, including very polar solvent environments and low concentrations. G-arylation produces an increased stability of the cyclic assembly, as a result of a subtle interplay between enthalpic and entropic effects involving the solvent coordination sphere.