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A flavone-based turn-on fluorescent probe for intracellular cysteine/homocysteine sensing with high selectivity

  • Zhang, Jian
  • Lv, Yanlin
  • Zhang, Wei
  • Ding, Hui
  • Liu, Rongji
  • Zhao, Yongsheng
  • Zhang, Guangjin
  • Tian, Zhiyuan
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2016
Institutional Repository of Institute of Process Engineering, CAS (IPE-IR)
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A new type of flavone-based fluorescent probe (DMAF) capable of cysteine (Cys)/homocysteine (Hcy) sensing with high selectivity over other amino acids was developed. Such type of probe undergoes Cys/Hcy-mediated cyclization reaction with the involvement of its aldehyde group, which suppresses of the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) process of the probe molecule and consequently leads to the enhancement of fluorescence emission upon excitation using visible light. The formation of product of the Cys/Hcy-mediated cyclization reaction was confirmed and the preliminary fluorescence imaging experiments revealed the biocompatibility of the as-prepared probe and validated its practicability for intracellular Cys/Hcy sensing. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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