A multi-photon fluorescent probe based on quinoline groups for the highly selective and sensitive detection of lipid droplets†
Compared to general fluorescent probes, multi-photon fluorescent probes exhibit deeper tissue penetration, lower auto-fluorescence and lower photo-toxicity in the bio-imaging field. Herein, we synthesized a series multi-photon fluorescent probe (L1–L3) based on quinolone groups. Of notably, the three-photon fluorescence of L3 significantly enhanced when L3 interacted with liposome; moreover, L3 exhibited high selectivity towards lipid droplets in living cells. Due to its large Stokes shift, high selectivity and photon-stability, L3 was successfully used in lipid droplet imaging via multi-photon fluorescence bio-imaging.