3 years ago

Photoactivatable Sensors for Detecting Mobile Zinc

Photoactivatable
Sensors for Detecting Mobile Zinc
Stephen J. Lippard, William H. Loucks, Thanos Tzounopoulos, Nathan W. Vogler, Chanan D. Sessler, Daniel Y. Zhang, Fang Wang, Jacob M. Goldberg
Fluorescent sensors for mobile zinc are valuable for studying complex biological systems. Because these sensors typically bind zinc rapidly and tightly, there has been little temporal control over the activity of the probe after its application to a sample. The ability to control the activity of a zinc sensor in vivo during imaging experiments would greatly improve the time resolution of the measurement. Here, we describe photoactivatable zinc sensors that can be triggered with short pulses of UV light. These probes are prepared by functionalizing a zinc sensor with protecting groups that render the probe insensitive to metal ions. Photoinduced removal of the protecting groups restores the binding site, allowing for zinc-responsive changes in fluorescence that can be observed in live cells and tissues.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b12766

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b12766

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