Twisted-Intramolecular-Charge-Transfer-Based Turn-On Fluorogenic Nanoprobe for Real-Time Detection of Serum Albumin in Physiological Conditions
2018-05-24T00:00:00Z (GMT) by
Two cyanine-based fluorescent probes, (E)-2-(4-(diethylamino)-2-hydroxystyryl)-3-ethyl-1,1-dimethyl-1H-benzo[e]indol-3-ium iodide (L) and (E)-3-ethyl-1,1-dimethyl-2-(4-nitrostyryl)-1H-benzo[e]indol-3-ium iodide (L1), have been designed and synthesized. Of these two probes, the twisted-intramolecular-charge-transfer (TICT)-based probe, L, can preferentially self-assemble to form nanoaggregates. L displayed a selective turn-on fluorescence response toward human and bovine serum albumin (HSA and BSA) in ∼100% aqueous PBS medium, which is noticeable with the naked eye, whereas L1 failed to sense these albumin proteins. The selective turn-on fluorescence response of L toward HSA and BSA can be attributed to the selective binding of probe L with HSA and BSA without its interfering with known drug-binding sites. The specific binding of L with HSA led to the disassembly of the self-assembled nanoaggregates of L, which was corroborated by dynamic-light-scattering (DLS) and transmission-electron-microscopy (TEM) analysis. Probe L has a limit of detection as low as ∼6.5 nM. The sensing aptitude of probe L to detect HSA in body fluid and an artificial-urine sample has been demonstrated.