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Issue 3, 2017
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Responsive hetero-organelle partition conferred fluorogenic sensing of mitochondrial depolarization

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Abstract

Malfunctioning organelles are often difficult to probe with classical organelle-homing sensors owing to disruption of physiological organelle-probe affinity. We herein report the use of a responsive hetero-organelle partition and signal activable probe (RC-TPP) for detecting mitochondrial depolarization, a pathologically relevant event featuring loss of the electrical potentials across the mitochondrial membrane (ΔΨm). Partitioned in mitochondria to give blue fluorescence, RC-TPP relocates into lysosomes upon mitochondrial depolarization and exhibits red fluorescence triggered by lysosomal acidity, enabling determination of autophagy relevant mitochondrial depolarization and the chronological sequence of mitochondrial depolarization and lysosomal neutralization in distinct cell death signalling pathways. As an alternative to classic homo-organelle specific molecular systems, this hetero-organelle responsive approach provides a new perspective from which to study dysfunctional organelles.

Graphical abstract: Responsive hetero-organelle partition conferred fluorogenic sensing of mitochondrial depolarization

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The article was received on 16 Sep 2016, accepted on 08 Nov 2016 and first published on 08 Nov 2016


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6SC04158B
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2017,8, 1915-1921
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    Responsive hetero-organelle partition conferred fluorogenic sensing of mitochondrial depolarization

    Z. Xue, H. Zhao, J. Liu, J. Han and S. Han, Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 1915
    DOI: 10.1039/C6SC04158B

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