Shanghai Key Laboratory of Chemical Biology, School of Pharmacy, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237, China; State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237, China. Electronic address: [Email]
Photosensitizer attracts great attentions and has potential applications in cancer treatment. We developed here a novel pyridone-containing phenalenone-based (PPN-PYR) photosensitizer with excellent singlet oxygen generating ability. Upon light irradiation, PPN-PYR can produce singlet oxygen and transform to its endoperoxide form which in turn release singlet oxygen via thermal cycloreversion at dark. The ability of PPN-PYR to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) in cell culture and induce corresponding apoptosis both at dark and under light was demonstrated. The efficient PDT performance of PPN-PYR was further verified on cancer cell in vitro. Our study indicate that PPN-PYR can alleviate tumor hypoxia problem and enhance the availability of intermittent photodynamic therapy.