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Issue 5, 2019
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A FRET-based ratiometric two-photon fluorescent probe for superoxide anion detection and imaging in living cells and tissues

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Abstract

The superoxide anion (O2˙) plays a crucial role in several physiological processes and many human diseases. Developing new methods for O2˙ detection in biological systems is very important. A FRET-based two-photon (TP) fluorescent probe with a ratiometric signal, TFR-O, was developed. A naphthalene derivative based TP fluorescent group was selected as the energy donor group, and a rhodol fluorescent group was chosen as the energy acceptor; the trifluoromethanesulfonate group was chosen as the recognition moiety. After reacting with O2˙, the recognition moiety was removed and the fluorophore was released, leading to a fluorescence intensity decrease at the wavelength of 425 nm and a significant enhancement of the fluorescence intensity at 550 nm. The fluorescence intensity ratio between 550 and 425 nm (I550/I425) varied from 0.15 to 6.72, with the O2˙ concentration increasing from 0 to 50 μM. The detection limit of the TFR-O was 83 nM. Moreover, TFR-O was applied for detecting and imaging O2˙ in cells and liver tissues.

Graphical abstract: A FRET-based ratiometric two-photon fluorescent probe for superoxide anion detection and imaging in living cells and tissues

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The article was received on 14 Nov 2018, accepted on 23 Dec 2018 and first published on 07 Jan 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8AN02196A
Citation: Analyst, 2019,144, 1704-1710

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    A FRET-based ratiometric two-photon fluorescent probe for superoxide anion detection and imaging in living cells and tissues

    S. Yao, C. Ma, Y. Lu, X. Wei, X. Feng, P. Miao, G. Yang, J. Zhang, M. Yan and J. Yu, Analyst, 2019, 144, 1704
    DOI: 10.1039/C8AN02196A

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