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Two-photon fluorescent sensor for K+ imaging in live cells (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Binglin Sui; Xiling Yue; Bosung Kim; Kevin D. Belfield
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Paper Abstract

It is difficult to overstate the physiological importance of potassium for life as its indispensable roles in a variety of biological processes are widely known. As a result, efficient methods for determining physiological levels of potassium are of paramount importance. Despite this, relatively few K+ fluorescence sensors have been reported, with only one being commercially available. A new two-photon excited fluorescent K+ sensor is reported. The sensor is comprised of three moieties, a highly selective K+ chelator as the K+ recognition unit, a boron-dipyrromethene (BODIPY) derivative modified with phenylethynyl groups as the fluorophore, and two polyethylene glycol chains to afford water solubility. The sensor displays very high selectivity (<52-fold) in detecting K+ over other physiological metal cations. Upon binding K+, the sensor switches from non-fluorescent to highly fluorescent, emitting red to near-IR (NIR) fluorescence. The sensor exhibited a good two-photon absorption cross section, 500 GM at 940 nm. Moreover, it is not sensitive to pH in the physiological pH range. Time-dependent cell imaging studies via both one- and two-photon fluorescence microscopy demonstrate that the sensor is suitable for dynamic K+ sensing in living cells.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2016
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9723, Reporters, Markers, Dyes, Nanoparticles, and Molecular Probes for Biomedical Applications VIII, 972308 (28 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2211202
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Binglin Sui, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Xiling Yue, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Bosung Kim, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Kevin D. Belfield, New Jersey Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9723:
Reporters, Markers, Dyes, Nanoparticles, and Molecular Probes for Biomedical Applications VIII
Samuel Achilefu; Ramesh Raghavachari, Editor(s)

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