A Fluorogenic 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition Reaction of 3-Azidocoumarins and Acetylenes.
ABSTRACT Copper(I)-catalyzed 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction of nonfluorescent 3-azidocoumarins and terminal alkynes afforded intense fluorescent 1,2,3-triazole products. The mild condition of this reaction allowed us to construct a large library of pure fluorescent coumarin dyes. Since both azide and alkyne are quite inert to biological systems, this reaction has potential in bioconjugation and bioimaging applications. [reaction: see text]
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ABSTRACT: Bisbenzamidines are an important family of minor groove DNA-binding agents. We present a one-step synthesis of aromatic aza-bisbenzamidines that allows straightforward and versatile access to a large number of these molecules. One of them, the azide-aza-bisbenzamidine 13, can be readily modified via click-chemistry with a variety of functionalities that can, therefore, be delivered to the vicinity of an A/T-rich DNA minor groove. This strategy, therefore, provides a simple means for triggering site selective, DNA-promoted biochemical and physicochemical processes.Chemical Science 06/2012; 3(7):2383-2387. DOI:10.1039/C2SC00027J · 8.60 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The optimal accessibility of functional groups on polymeric nanosized vesicles was investigated with copper-free clickable probes as a model system. Cu-free clickable polymersomes were developed either through co-assembly of end group modified amphiphilic block copolymers or by introduction of the reactive moieties on preformed vesicles. For the co-assembly approach, the highest degree of availability was obtained for the most hydrophilic functional group, whereas hydrophobic species were unable to react as efficiently since they were seemingly buried in the membrane. Post-self-assembly introduction led to good results for all three examined moieties whereby surface saturation was reached above a certain percentage of immobilised probes. Finally, we demonstrated that protrusion of functional entities from the membrane corona via a longer hydrophilic segment of the block-copolymer significantly enhances the accessibility.01/2012; 3(7):1783-1795. DOI:10.1039/C2PY00466F
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ABSTRACT: H2S is the third endogenously generated gaseous signaling compound and has also been known to involve a variety of physiological processes. To better understand its physiological and pathological functions, efficient methods for monitoring of H2S are desired. Azide fluorogenic probes are popular because they can take place bioorthogonal reactions. In this work, by employing a fluorescein derivative as the fluorophore and an azide group as the recognition unit, we reported a new probe 5-azidofluorescein for H2S with improved sensitivity and selectivety. The probe shows very low background fluorescence in the absence of H2S. In the presence of H2S, however, a significant enhancement for excited fluorescence were observed, resulting in a high sensitivity to H2S in buffered (10 mmol/L HEPES, pH 7.0) aqueous acetonitrile solution (H2O/CH3CN = 1:3, v/v) with a detection limit of 0.035 μmol/L observed, much lower than the previously reported probes. All these features are favorable for direct monitoring of H2S with satisfactory sensitivity, demonstrating its value of practical application.Scientific Reports 03/2015; 5:8969. DOI:10.1038/srep08969 · 5.08 Impact Factor