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Fluorinated near-infrared fluorescent probes for specific detection of Hg2+ in an aqueous medium and mitochondria of living cells

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Mitochondria are one of the major targets for localization of mercury ions, where serious mercury-induced toxicity has been well documented. Here, we design two heptamethine cyanine dyes coupled with thymines on the N-alkyl chains, which can specifically chelate with Hg2+ by forming a T–Hg–T complex to sensitively detect Hg2+ in both aqueous solution and the mitochondria of living cells. Further studies revealed that the introduction of fluorine atoms on thymines would significantly enhance the binding ability of T–Hg–T, providing clues to develop more specific and sensitive Hg2+ sensors.

Graphical abstract: Fluorinated near-infrared fluorescent probes for specific detection of Hg2+ in an aqueous medium and mitochondria of living cells

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The article was received on 21 Apr 2017, accepted on 10 Jul 2017 and first published on 11 Jul 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ01327B
Citation: New J. Chem., 2017,41, 8899-8904
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    Fluorinated near-infrared fluorescent probes for specific detection of Hg2+ in an aqueous medium and mitochondria of living cells

    L. Long, X. Tan, S. Luo and C. Shi, New J. Chem., 2017, 41, 8899
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ01327B

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