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A new ‘turn-on’ and reversible fluorescent sensor for Al3+ detection and live cell imaging

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Herein, we report a new benzothiazole-based azomethine receptor L as a reversible fluorescent sensor for the selective detection of Al3+ in buffered aqueous methanol (20 mM HEPES, pH = 6.0, 50% (v/v) CH3OH). The fluorescence enhancement response of L towards Al3+ along with a large blue shift (Δλ = ∼157 nm) may be attributed to the formation of the L–Al3+ complex, which results in the inhibition of excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) and C[double bond, length as m-dash]N isomerisation as well as the chelation enhanced fluorescence (CHEF). The results of Job's plot and mass spectroscopic analysis support the 1 : :1 stoichiometry of the complex between L and Al3+ ions. The proposed complex structure was calculated by applying the DFT method. Furthermore, the applicability of the probe has been tested in BEL-7402 human hepatoma carcinoma cells under a fluorescence microscope, where turn-on, intense bluish green fluorescence was observed in the presence of Al3+ ions.

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The article was received on 07 Jul 2019, accepted on 30 Sep 2019 and first published on 03 Oct 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9AY01438A
Anal. Methods, 2019, Advance Article

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    A new ‘turn-on’ and reversible fluorescent sensor for Al3+ detection and live cell imaging

    J. Wang, L. Feng, J. Chao, Y. Wang and S. Shuang, Anal. Methods, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9AY01438A

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