Versatile fluorophores for bioimaging applications: π-expanded naphthalimide derivatives with skeletal and appendage diversity†
Four novel fluorescent cores bearing a transformable functional group based on a π-expanded naphthalimide including a fused pyranone or furan ring have been prepared. Fluorescent probes LysoSers 13–16 for lysosomal targeting have been tested. Co-localization with a commercial lysosome specific marker confirmed that the LysoSers labeled the lysosomal compartment with high selectivity. The LysoSers show excellent brightness and low toxicity.