Towards the elaboration of new gold-based optical theranostics†
Four new red BODIPY–gold(I) theranostic compounds were synthesized. Some of them were vectorized by tethering a biovector (glucose or bombesin derivatives) to the metallic center. Their photophysical properties were studied. Additionally, their cytotoxicity was examined on different cancer cell lines and on a normal cell line, they were tracked in vitro by fluorescence detection, and their uptake was evaluated by ICP-MS measurements.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Dalton Discussion 15: Metal ions in medical imaging