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Three-in-one type fluorescent sensor based on a pyrene pyridoxal cascade for the selective detection of Zn(II), hydrogen phosphate and cysteine

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Abstract

A novel fluorescent receptor L was synthesized by Schiff base condensation of 1-pyrenemethylamine with the vitamin B6 cofactor pyridoxal. The receptor L is highly selective and sensitive towards Zn2+ ions among other tested metal ions. Upon interaction with Zn2+, the receptor L showed a distinct fluorescence enhancement at 485 nm due to the excimer formation leading to the fluorescent colour change from blue to bluish-green. Subsequently, when the in situ generated ZnL2 complex interacted with various anions and amino acids, the addition of H2PO4 and cysteine reinstated the fluorescence of the receptor L due to the demetalation of Zn2+ from the ZnL2 complex. Accordingly, the receptor L was developed for the highly selective, specific and sensitive detection of three important bioactive analytes, i.e., Zn2+, H2PO4 and cysteine with a detection limit down to 2.3 × 10−6 M, 2.18 × 10−7 M and 1.59 × 10−7 M, respectively. Additionally, the receptor L was applied to the detection of intracellular Zn2+ ions in live HeLa cells.

Graphical abstract: Three-in-one type fluorescent sensor based on a pyrene pyridoxal cascade for the selective detection of Zn(ii), hydrogen phosphate and cysteine

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The article was received on 09 Nov 2017, accepted on 30 Nov 2017 and first published on 30 Nov 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7DT04234E
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 742-749
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    Three-in-one type fluorescent sensor based on a pyrene pyridoxal cascade for the selective detection of Zn(II), hydrogen phosphate and cysteine

    Y. Upadhyay, T. Anand, L. T. Babu, P. Paira, G. Crisponi, A. K. SK, R. Kumar and S. K. Sahoo, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 742
    DOI: 10.1039/C7DT04234E

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