Themed collection Near-infrared (NIR) luminescent probes for bioimaging and biosensing

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Near-infrared luminescent probes for bioimaging and biosensing

Fan Zhang and Ben Zhong Tang introduce the Chemical Science themed issue on Near-infrared luminescent probes for bioimaging and biosensing.

Graphical abstract: Near-infrared luminescent probes for bioimaging and biosensing
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Fluorescent small organic probes for biosensing

Small-molecule based fluorescent probes are increasingly important for the detection and imaging of biological signaling molecules due to their simplicity, high selectivity and sensitivity, whilst being non-invasive, and suitable for real-time analysis of living systems.

Graphical abstract: Fluorescent small organic probes for biosensing
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New directions of activity-based sensing for in vivo NIR imaging

In vivo imaging is a powerful approach to study biological processes.

Graphical abstract: New directions of activity-based sensing for in vivo NIR imaging
From the themed collection: Chemical Science Recent Perspective articles
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Near-infrared fluorescent molecular probes for imaging and diagnosis of nephro-urological diseases

Near-infrared fluorescent molecular probes with improved imaging depth and optimized biodistribution have been reviewed, showing great potential for diagnosis of nephro-urological diseases.

Graphical abstract: Near-infrared fluorescent molecular probes for imaging and diagnosis of nephro-urological diseases
From the themed collection: Chemical Science Recent Perspective articles
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Activatable fluorescence sensors for in vivo bio-detection in the second near-infrared window

Fluorescence imaging in the second near-infrared (NIR-II, 1000–1700 nm) window has exhibited advantages of high optical resolution at deeper penetration (ca. 5–20 mm) in bio-tissues owing to the reduced photon scattering and tissue autofluorescence.

Graphical abstract: Activatable fluorescence sensors for in vivo bio-detection in the second near-infrared window
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Near-infrared fluorescent probes: a next-generation tool for protein-labeling applications

This minireview describes the development of NIR chemical probes for various protein-tag systems.

Graphical abstract: Near-infrared fluorescent probes: a next-generation tool for protein-labeling applications
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Structural and process controls of AIEgens for NIR-II theranostics

Structural and process controls of NIR-II AIEgens realize manipulating of radiative (R) and nonradiative (NR) decay for precise theranostics.

Graphical abstract: Structural and process controls of AIEgens for NIR-II theranostics
Open Access Edge Article

A facile way to obtain near-infrared room-temperature phosphorescent soft materials based on Bodipy dyes

Near-infrared room-temperature phosphorescence was achieved by employing iodine substituted Bodipy into amorphous polymers. The self-healable gels were also obtained with the incorporation of a crosslinker and quadruple hydrogen bond based moieties.

Graphical abstract: A facile way to obtain near-infrared room-temperature phosphorescent soft materials based on Bodipy dyes
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An aggregation-induced emission dye-powered afterglow luminogen for tumor imaging

An aggregation-induced emission (AIE) dye-powered afterglow luminogen has been designed for in vivo tumor imaging. The underlying afterglow mechanism can be described as a closed-loop of “photon–1O2–SP intermediates–photon”.

Graphical abstract: An aggregation-induced emission dye-powered afterglow luminogen for tumor imaging
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Far-red/near-infrared emitting, two-photon absorbing, and bio-stable amino-Si-pyronin dyes

Far-red/NIR emitting, two-photon absorbing, biostable aminosilapyronin dyes (ASiPj) and their derivatives (NIR-ASiPj) offer novel (ratiometric) bioimaging platforms.

Graphical abstract: Far-red/near-infrared emitting, two-photon absorbing, and bio-stable amino-Si-pyronin dyes
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Near-infrared fluorescein dyes containing a tricoordinate boron atom

Tricoordinate boron imparts near-infrared absorption/emission and unusual multi-stage changes in the photophysical properties to fluorescein dyes.

Graphical abstract: Near-infrared fluorescein dyes containing a tricoordinate boron atom
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A molecular design strategy toward enzyme-activated probes with near-infrared I and II fluorescence for targeted cancer imaging

A molecular design strategy is established to access diverse enzyme-activated probes that are excitable and emit in the NIR (I and II) region with favorable Stokes shifts, enabling targeted cancer imaging by real-time monitoring enzyme activities.

Graphical abstract: A molecular design strategy toward enzyme-activated probes with near-infrared I and II fluorescence for targeted cancer imaging
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A nano-cocktail of an NIR-II emissive fluorophore and organoplatinum(II) metallacycle for efficient cancer imaging and therapy

A novel NIR-II theranostic nanoprobe, PSY (∼110 nm), was concisely developed, which demonstrated excellent photostability, high tumor uptake, superior S/N ratios and more efficient cancer treatment with minimal side effects than cisplatin.

Graphical abstract: A nano-cocktail of an NIR-II emissive fluorophore and organoplatinum(ii) metallacycle for efficient cancer imaging and therapy
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Light emission enhancement by supramolecular complexation of chemiluminescence probes designed for bioimaging

Chemiluminescence offers advantages over fluorescence for bioimaging, since an external light source is unnecessary with chemiluminescent agents.

Graphical abstract: Light emission enhancement by supramolecular complexation of chemiluminescence probes designed for bioimaging
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In situ imaging of aminopeptidase N activity in hepatocellular carcinoma: a migration model for tumour using an activatable two-photon NIR fluorescent probe

In this work, a novel NIR two-photon fluorescence probe DCM-APN is reported for tracking APN in vitro and in vivo.

Graphical abstract: In situ imaging of aminopeptidase N activity in hepatocellular carcinoma: a migration model for tumour using an activatable two-photon NIR fluorescent probe
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Chemiluminescence-initiated and in situ-enhanced photoisomerization for tissue-depth-independent photo-controlled drug release

Tissue-penetration-depth-independent self-luminescence is highly expected to perform photoisomerization-related bioapplications in vivo to overcome the limitation of shallow tissue-penetration from external photoexcitation.

Graphical abstract: Chemiluminescence-initiated and in situ-enhanced photoisomerization for tissue-depth-independent photo-controlled drug release
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Novel near-infrared II aggregation-induced emission dots for in vivo bioimaging

Novel biocompatible NIR-II aggregation-induced emission dots are facilely assembled and used for NIR-II biomedical fluorescence imaging.

Graphical abstract: Novel near-infrared II aggregation-induced emission dots for in vivo bioimaging
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Molecular design of near-infrared fluorescent Pdots for tumor targeting: aggregation-induced emission versus anti-aggregation-caused quenching

This article presents the first work to fundamentally study the effect of steric hindrance in Pdot systems.

Graphical abstract: Molecular design of near-infrared fluorescent Pdots for tumor targeting: aggregation-induced emission versus anti-aggregation-caused quenching
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Covalent organic nanosheets for bioimaging

Non-toxic covalent organic nanosheet-based fluorescent nuclear stains.

Graphical abstract: Covalent organic nanosheets for bioimaging
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ZrMOF nanoparticles as quenchers to conjugate DNA aptamers for target-induced bioimaging and photodynamic therapy

Aptamer conjugated porphyrinic metal–organic framework (MOF) achieved target-induced bioimaging and photodynamic therapy.

Graphical abstract: ZrMOF nanoparticles as quenchers to conjugate DNA aptamers for target-induced bioimaging and photodynamic therapy
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Tricarbocyanine N-triazoles: the scaffold-of-choice for long-term near-infrared imaging of immune cells in vivo

Tricarbocyanine N-triazoles are first described as rationally-designed structures to overcome the limitations of NIR dyes for long-term in vivo imaging.

Graphical abstract: Tricarbocyanine N-triazoles: the scaffold-of-choice for long-term near-infrared imaging of immune cells in vivo
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Near-infrared fluorescence probes to detect reactive oxygen species for keloid diagnosis

Development of molecular probes for the detection of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS) is important for the pathology and diagnosis of keloid diseases.

Graphical abstract: Near-infrared fluorescence probes to detect reactive oxygen species for keloid diagnosis
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Detection of analytes in mitochondria without interference from other sites based on an innovative ratiometric fluorophore

A new strategy that integrates the targeting group and response moiety together for the preparation of mitochondrial probe was developed. Bioimaging studies have shown that for the first time, the newly designed probe HDFL-Cys can first accumulate in mitochondria and then react with the analyte.

Graphical abstract: Detection of analytes in mitochondria without interference from other sites based on an innovative ratiometric fluorophore
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Intense near-infrared-II luminescence from NaCeF4:Er/Yb nanoprobes for in vitro bioassay and in vivo bioimaging

We report the controlled synthesis of monodisperse NaCeF4:Er/Yb nanoprobes that exhibit intense NIR-II emission for in vitro bioassay and in vivo bioimaging.

Graphical abstract: Intense near-infrared-II luminescence from NaCeF4:Er/Yb nanoprobes for in vitro bioassay and in vivo bioimaging
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Highly luminescent, biocompatible ytterbium(III) complexes as near-infrared fluorophores for living cell imaging

We report three synthetic methods to prepare biocompatible Yb3+ complexes, which displayed high NIR luminescence with quantum yields up to 13% in aqueous media. This renders β-fluorinated Yb3+ porphyrinoids a new class of NIR probes for living cell imaging including time-resolved fluorescence lifetime imaging.

Graphical abstract: Highly luminescent, biocompatible ytterbium(iii) complexes as near-infrared fluorophores for living cell imaging
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Design, synthesis, and time-gated cell imaging of carbon-bridged triangulenium dyes with long fluorescence lifetime and red emission

Introduction of an isopropyl bridge in the triangulenium skeleton leads to a new series of redshifted triangulenium dyes with high fluorescence quantum yields and remarkable long fluorescence lifetime allowing for time-gated cell imaging.

Graphical abstract: Design, synthesis, and time-gated cell imaging of carbon-bridged triangulenium dyes with long fluorescence lifetime and red emission
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Bioresponsive and near infrared photon co-enhanced cancer theranostic based on upconversion nanocapsules

A yolk-like nanocapsule with responsiveness to tumor microenvironment and NIR photons was invented by integrating a tumor-responsive photothermal agent on Mn-doped UCNPs@mSiO2 nanospheres for multiple imaging guided thermo-chemotherapy.

Graphical abstract: Bioresponsive and near infrared photon co-enhanced cancer theranostic based on upconversion nanocapsules
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Diketopyrrolopyrrole-based semiconducting polymer nanoparticles for in vivo second near-infrared window imaging and image-guided tumor surgery

PDFT1032, a new semiconducting polymer possessing a favorable absorption peak (1032 nm) and outstanding biocompatibility, may be widely applicable in clinical imaging and the surgical treatment of malignancy.

Graphical abstract: Diketopyrrolopyrrole-based semiconducting polymer nanoparticles for in vivo second near-infrared window imaging and image-guided tumor surgery
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Ultrabright red AIEgens for two-photon vascular imaging with high resolution and deep penetration

A successful strategy for the design of ultrabright red luminogens with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) features is reported. The AIE dots can be utilized as efficient fluorescent probes for in vivo deep-tissue imaging with high penetration depth and high contrast.

Graphical abstract: Ultrabright red AIEgens for two-photon vascular imaging with high resolution and deep penetration
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About this collection

Near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging (wavelength range: 650–1700 nm) is one of the remarkable imaging modalities for improved bioimaging and biosensing in both fundamental research and clinical applications, owing to its high spatiotemporal resolution and noninvasiveness. It has been a growing research topic for decades and will continue to flourish in the coming years. In this themed issue, selected studies focused on NIR bioimaging and biosensing published in Chemical Science in the past 18 months have been collected. Through this themed issue, we aim to call on the research community to strengthen cooperation with scientists among diverse research fields, such as chemistry, biology and biomedicine.

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