Tetraphenylethene derivative modified DNA oligonucleotide for in situ potassium ion detection and imaging in living cells.

Author(s) Lu, D.; He, L.; Wang, Y.; Xiong, M.; Hu, M.; Liang, H.; Huan, S.; Zhang, X.B.; Tan, W.
Journal Talanta
Date Published 2017 May 15

The monitoring of K(+) is very important and emergency because of their unique relationship in various disease diagnosis and treatment. G-quadruplex analogue is a classical recognition unit for K(+) detection and has been widely applied in K(+) relevant research. Common fluorescent dyes were employed for design of G-quadruplex structure-based K(+) probes which suffered from the aggregation-caused quenching effect, and possibly limited the biological applications in living systems. Herein, we report an aggregation-induced emission (AIE) effect-based fluorescent probe for cellular K(+) analysis and imaging. Benefitting from the K(+) triggered AIE phenomenon, the designed TPE derivative modified guanine (G)-rich oligonucleotide fluorescent probe (TPE-oligonucleotide probe) exhibits high sensitivity (∼10-fold higher than most reported G-quadruplex-based probes) with extended photostability which facilitates the prolonged fluorescence observations of K(+) in living cells. On the basis of these advantages, the TPE-oligonucleotide probe serves as a promising candidate for the functional study and analysis of K(+).

DOI 10.1016/j.talanta.2017.02.064
ISSN 1873-3573
Citation Talanta. 2017;167:550556.

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