A lysosome-targeted near-infrared fluorescent probe for imaging of acid phosphatase in living cells†
Fluorescent probes for the detection of acid phosphatases (ACP) are important in the investigation of the pathology and diagnosis of diseases. We reported a lysosome-targeted near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent probe SHCy-P based on a novel NIR-emitting thioxanthene–indolium dye for the detection of ACP. The probe showed a long wavelength fluorescence emission at λem = 765 nm. Due to the ACP-catalyzed cleavage of the phosphate group in SHCy-P, the probe exhibited high selectivity and sensitivity for the ‘turn-on’ detection of ACP with a limit of detection as low as 0.48 U L−1. The probe SHCy-P could also be used to detect and image endogenous ACP in lysosomes. In light of these prominent properties, we envision that SHCy-P will be an efficient optical imaging approach for investigating the ACP activity in disease diagnosis.
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