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Small-molecule fluorophores and fluorescent probes for bioimaging.
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PMID:  23412659     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Fluorescent compounds based on synthetic small molecules are powerful tools to visualize biological events in living cells and organisms. Ever since the discovery of organic fluorescent compounds in the late nineteenth century, efforts have been made to "see" the behaviors of specific biomolecules in living systems by using these dyes as labels. Also, following the development of fluorescent Ca(2+) indicators in the 1980s, many fluorescent probes or biosensors, which are defined as molecules that show a change in fluorescence properties in the presence of their target molecule, have been reported and applied in biological research. Today, a variety of probes are available that target metal ions, pH, enzyme activities, and signaling molecules. In this review, we first consider the history of organic fluorescent molecules and discuss their utility for labeling biomolecules and staining cells. Then, we review recent progress in small-molecule fluorescent probes for metal ions and reactive oxygen species, focusing on representative work in each category. Finally, we briefly discuss attempts to create novel kinds of probes, including hybrids of small molecules and genetically encoded proteins, with the potential to overcome some of the limitations of current probes.
Takuya Terai; Tetsuo Nagano
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pflugers Archiv : European journal of physiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-2013     ISO Abbreviation:  Pflugers Arch.     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-2-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0154720     Medline TA:  Pflugers Arch     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
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