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Fluorescent probes for hydrogen sulfide detection and bioimaging

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In comparison with other biological detection technologies, fluorescence bioimaging technology has become a powerful supporting tool for intracellular detection, and can provide attractive facilities for investigating physiological and pathological processes of interest with high spatial and temporal resolution, less invasiveness, and a rapid response. Due to the versatile roles of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in cellular signal transduction and intracellular redox status regulation, fluorescent probes for the detection of this third signalling gasotransmitter have rapidly increased in number in recent years. These probes can offer powerful means to investigate the physiological actions of H2S in its native environments without disturbing its endogenous distribution. In this feature article, we address the synthesis and design strategies for the development of fluorescent probes for H2S based on the reaction type between H2S and the probes. Moreover, we also highlight fluorescent probes for other reactive sulfur species, such as sulfane sulfurs and SO2 derivatives.

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04 May 2014
06 Jun 2014
First published
06 Jun 2014

Chem. Commun., 2014,50, 12234-12249
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Feature Article
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Fluorescent probes for hydrogen sulfide detection and bioimaging

F. Yu, X. Han and L. Chen, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 12234
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC03312D

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