Naphthalimide-based fluorescent probe for selectively and specifically detecting glutathione in the lysosomes of living cells
A novel naphthalimide-based fluorescent probe employing a sulfonamide unit as a thiol-responsive group is reported. It is capable of efficiently distinguishing GSH from cysteine and homocysteine. Bioimaging shows that it has high selectivity in living cells and can visualize the level of GSH in lysosomes. It is worth mentioning that different groups on the imide unit can affect the selectivity and reaction dynamics of the probe towards thiols.