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Molecular recognition

The ability of biological and chemical systems to distinguish between molecules and regulate behavior accordingly. How molecules fit together is fundamental in disciplines such as biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, materials science, and separation science. A good deal of effort has been expended in trying to evaluate the underlying inter-molecular forces. The weak forces that act over short distances (hydrogen bonds, van der Waals interactions, and aryl stacking) provide most of the selectivity observed in biological chemistry and permit molecular recognition. The recognition event initiates behavior such as replication in nucleic acids, immune response in antibodies, signal transduction in receptors, and regulation in enzymes. Most studies of recognition in organic chemistry have been inspired by these biological phenomena. It has been the task of bioorganic chemistry to develop systems capable of such complex behavior with molecules that are comprehensible and manageable in size, that is, with model systems. See Antibody, Chemoreception, Enzyme, Nucleic acid, Synaptic transmission

molecular recognition

[mə¦lek·yə·lər ‚rek·ig′nish·ən]
(cell and molecular biology)
The ability of biological and chemical systems to distinguish between molecules and regulate behavior accordingly.
The (molecular) storage and the (supramolecular) retrieval and processing of molecular structural information and interactions.
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These weak interactions are very difficult to model and it would appear as if a very high level of theory is needed to describe molecular recognition to that level.

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