Acta Chimica Sinica ›› 2013, Vol. 71 ›› Issue (10): 1435-1440.DOI: 10.6023/A13050521 Previous Articles     Next Articles



向德成a, 刘恒a, 孟庆华a, 蓝闽波b, 卫钢c   

  1. a 上海交通大学化学化工学院 上海 200240;
    b 上海市功能性材料化学重点实验室 华东理工大学 上海 200237;
    c 联邦科学与工业研究组织 新南威尔士州2070 澳大利亚
  • 投稿日期:2013-05-15 发布日期:2013-07-19
  • 通讯作者: 孟庆华,;蓝闽波,;卫钢,;Tel.:0086-13918184475;;
  • 基金资助:

    项目受国家自然科学基金(No. 21074033)资助.

Synthesis of a Carbocyanine Type Anti-Photobleaching pH Fluorescence Probe and the Application in Cell Imaging

Xiang Dechenga, Liu Henga, Meng Qinghuaa, Lan Minbob, Wei Gangc   

  1. a School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240;
    b Shanghai Key Laboratory of Functional Materials Chemistry, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237, China;
    c CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, P.O. Box 218, Lindfield, NSW 2070, Australia
  • Received:2013-05-15 Published:2013-07-19
  • Supported by:

    Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21074033).

The pH-dependence fluorescence monitoring probes are of great significance and play many critical roles in studying of cells, enzymes, and tissue activities, including proliferation, apoptosis, multidrug resistance, ion transportation, endocytosis, and muscle contraction etc. Here a carbocyanine type anti-photobleaching pH fluorescence probe was synthesized in which four chlorine atoms were substituted. The probe had two fluorescent peaks at the wavelengths of 530 nm and 596 nm respectively under the irradiation at the excited wavelength of 500 nm. The fluorescent emission at 596 nm indicated a large stokes shift of 96 nm and the strongest value at the pH value of 8.5, and the fluorescent emission was very weak at the pH values of <8.1 or >9.8. Then three configurational structures as A, B and C were proposed accordingly, which were further confirmed through calculation by the density functional theory in the Gaussian 03 soft package. The coplanarity of the structure B was found which was contributed by the intramolecular hydrogen bond between two sulfonic acid groups. The coplanarity thus led to the higher conjugation system in the molecule structure and the stronger fluorescence emission. The fluorescence quantum yield was measured as 0.35 by the relative measuring method and the transient fluorescence spectra were determined as well. In the photobleaching test, the probe showed a good anti-photobleaching performance with the stable time of more than 70 min, which was much better than the traditional organic probes. The anti-photobleaching performance was good enough to ensure the wide application in biology imaging. The fluorescence images of PANC-1 cells stained by the probe (1 μmol/L) incubated in PBS buffer solution were obtained by the inverted fluorescence microscope. The probe was found aggregated onto the cell-membrane during cell differentiation and proliferation processes.

Key words: carbocyanine dyes, photobleaching, pH fluorescence probe, cell imaging