beta-Cyclodextrin hydrate forms clathrates. Produces a water-soluble complex with dansyl chloride for the fluorescent labeling of proteins. It is used in pharmaceutical research, as pharmaceutical intermediates and also as chemical reagents.
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Has been used to influence regioselectivity in Diels-Alder reactions: J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., 971 (1995); for reaction scheme, see 2,6-Dimethyl-p-benzoquinone, A11342. Encapsulation of aniline and N-substituted anilines allows regioselective bromination: Tetrahedron, 52, 3487 (1996). Catalyzes the Boc protection of amines with Di-tert-butyl dicarbonate, A14708 under neutral, aqueous conditions: Synlett, 1110 (2006).
For a brief of uses as a supramolecular catayst in organic synthesis, see: Synlett, 175 (2007).