Turn on fluorescent chemosensor containing rhodamine B fluorophore for selective sensing and in vivo fluorescent imaging of Fe3+ ions in HeLa cell line and zebrafish

Natarajan Vijay, Shu Pao Wu, Sivan Velmathi*

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Abstract

Rhodamine dyes are utilized effectively as a chemosensor to monitor biologically important metal ions and effectively applied for fluorescent imaging studies in living systems. Herein, rhodamine-B armed fluorescent chemosensor (RhBNC) was designed and synthesized by condensation reaction between rhodamine B hydrazide and naphthyl chromone with ONO binding site in good yield. Upon sensing study towards metal ions, the probe showed selective turn-on fluorescent change for Fe3+ over other cations even in the presence of competing trivalent metal ions as well. The fluorescence switch is “on” when Fe3+ ions binds to RhBNC with orange fluorescence. The probe can detect lower concentration of Fe3+ ions with detection limit of 0.16 μM. Due to its lower detection limit; it can be applied to monitor Fe3+ ion presence in a living system by fluorescent imaging technique. The probe was employed effectively to ascertain the presence of Fe3+ and to image Fe3+ ions in HeLa cell line and zebrafish.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112060
JournalJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry
Volume384
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Fe ions
  • Fluorescence imaging
  • Selectivity
  • Turn on fluorescence
  • Zebrafish

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