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A red lysosome-targeted fluorescent probe for carboxylesterase detection and bioimaging

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Abstract

In this study, a new red lysosome-targeted fluorescence off–on probe has been rationally designed, synthesized and applied for the highly selective and sensitive fluorescence sensing of carboxylesterase in live cells, sera and tissues. The probe was readily synthesized by coupling N-methylated benzoindole with 4-(acetyloxy)benzaldehyd, in which the acetyl group acted as a quenching and recognizing agent and the hemicyanine skeleton worked as the fluorescent signal unit. As a consequence, the prepared spectroscopic probe displays quite a low background signal. Upon addition of carboxylesterase, the latent probe could be easily hydrolyzed to liberate the fluorophore hydroxy hemicyanine and emit the off–on spectroscopic signal, which is desirable for obtaining sensitive detection with high specificity. The newly developed probe was successfully used to monitor and image carboxylesterase activity in complex biological samples such as serum, live cells and tissues. Moreover, this probe shows great promise for biomedical studies, including obesity disease, hepatocellular carcinoma and drug screening research.

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The article was received on 14 Feb 2019, accepted on 26 Mar 2019 and first published on 27 Mar 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9TB00310J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. B, 2019, Advance Article

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    A red lysosome-targeted fluorescent probe for carboxylesterase detection and bioimaging

    H. Zhou, J. Tang, J. Zhang, B. Chen, J. Kan, W. Zhang, J. Zhou and H. Ma, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9TB00310J

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