A far-red to near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence probe, MMSiR, based on Si-rhodamine, was designed and synthesized for sensitive and selective detection of HOCl in real time. MMSiR and its oxidized product SMSiR have excellent properties, including pH-independence of fluorescence, high resistance to autoxidation and photobleaching, and good tissue penetration of far-red to NIR fluorescence emission. The value of MMSiR was confirmed by real-time imaging of phagocytosis using a fluorescence microscope. wsMMSiR, a more hydrophilic derivative of MMSiR, permitted effective in vivo imaging of HOCl generation in a mouse peritonitis model. This probe is expected to be a useful tool for investigating the wide range of biological functions of HOCl.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Chemistry
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry