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Specific detection of hypochlorite based on the size-selective effect of luminophore integrated MOF-801 synthesized by a one-pot strategy

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Abstract

Hypochlorous acid (HClO), as one of the reactive oxygen species, plays a key role in a variety of physiological and pathological processes, while its accurate and specific in vitro monitoring remains a profound challenge. Herein, a novel luminescent metal–organic framework with high chemical stability has been designed for the specific detection of intracellular ClO. The specificity was realized by the size-selective effect of MOF-801 with an ultra-small aperture, which can inhibit the entry of large-sized interferents into the cages of MOFs. A universal “ship in a bottle” approach has been proposed to construct this novel sensory platform, in which a large class of luminescent molecules containing carboxylic groups serve as modulators and combine with Zr6 clusters, eventually becoming the luminescent genes of these novel designed MOF-801. Luminescent molecules were readily locked in the framework since they were larger than the small pore entrance of MOF-801, skillfully solving the possible issue of dye leakage. By introducing active sites of 5-aminofluorescein (AF) into MOF-801 (AF@MOF-801) as an example, an excellent ClO sensing probe was fabricated, which showed strong reliability and excellent sensing performance toward intracellular ClO with an ultrahigh linear correlation of the Stern–Volmer equation, a rapid response time as short as 30 s and a limit of detection (LOD) as low as 0.05172 μM. Compared with the free AF molecular probe, the specificity of AF@MOF-801 NPs toward ClO was scarcely affected by other possibly coexistent large-sized interferents in biosystems. The in vitro monitoring of ClO was also tested with these newly developed AF@MOF-801 NPs, prefiguring their great promise as a robust imaging tool to disclose the complexities of ClO homeostasis and its pathophysiological contributions.

Graphical abstract: Specific detection of hypochlorite based on the size-selective effect of luminophore integrated MOF-801 synthesized by a one-pot strategy

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The article was received on 28 Nov 2018, accepted on 20 Jan 2019 and first published on 21 Jan 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8DT04692A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2019,48, 2617-2625

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    Specific detection of hypochlorite based on the size-selective effect of luminophore integrated MOF-801 synthesized by a one-pot strategy

    Y. Ye, L. Zhao, S. Hu, A. Liang, Y. Li, Q. Zhuang, G. Tao and J. Gu, Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 2617
    DOI: 10.1039/C8DT04692A

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