A novel lipid droplets-targeting ratiometric fluorescence probe for hypochlorous acid in living cells.

Affiliation

Institute of Organic Chemistry, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100, PR China. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Lipid droplets were found to be involved in many organism activities. Here, a lipid droplets-targeted near-infrared fluorescence probe (named XHZ) for ratiometric detection of endogenous hypochlorous acid/hypochlorite (HClO/ClO-) in living cells was developed, which was constructed by a coumarin moiety and a malononitrile derivative. XHZ could detect HClO/ClO- with high selectivity and sensitivity in a ratiometric manner based on FRET (Förster Resonance Energy Transfer) mechanism. The two well-resolved emission (470/672 nm) bands could ensure accurate detection of HClO/ClO- in vitro as well as in vivo. XHZ was successfully used for ratiometric fluorescence imaging of exogenous and endogenous HClO/ClO- in RAW264.7 cells. A good linear relationship between the fluorescence intensity ratios of the two emissions and HClO/ClO- concentrations from 0 to 40 μM was obtained. Importantly, XHZ could localize mainly in lipid droplets of RAW264.7 cells. To the best of our knowledge, XHZ is the first lipid droplets-targeted ratiometric fluorescence probe for HClO/ClO-.

Keywords

Cell image,Endogenous hypochlorous acid,Lipid droplets-targeting,Ratiometric fluorescence,

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