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alpha-Cyclodextrin hydrate is used in the food industry. The structure of cyclodextrins allows them to form inclusion complexes with a wide variety of molecules. It lead to enzyme-like specificity in reactions.
Akira Harada; Jun Li; Mikiharu Kamachi. Preparation and properties of inclusion complexes of polyethylene glycol with .alpha.-cyclodextrin. Macromolecules.1993, 26, (21), 5698-5703.
The structure of cyclodextrins allows them to form inclusion complexes with a wide variety of molecules. These can sometimes lead to enzyme-like specificity in reactions.
Cyclodextrins (whole issue), Chem. Rev., 98(5), 1741ff (1998).