Phosphinate-containing rhodol and fluorescein scaffolds for the development of bioprobes†
A series of phosphinate-containing rhodol and fluorescein dyes are disclosed. These new fluorophores increase the color palette of phosphinate-based xanthenes in the far-red spectral region. The new chemical functionality of these scaffolds is leveraged to produce a sensitive, no-wash imaging probe for cellular esterase activity. The reported phosphinate-containing dyes provide platforms for the further development of imaging probes and self-reporting delivery vehicles.