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Mitochondria-Targeted Luminescent Organotin(IV) Complexes: Synthesis, Photophysical Characterization, and Live Cell Imaging

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posted on 2022-10-14, 12:42 authored by Sushree Aradhana Patra, Gurunath Sahu, Pratikshya Das Pattanayak, Takahiro Sasamori, Rupam Dinda
Five fluorescent ONO donor-based organotin­(IV) complexes, [SnIV(L1–5)­Ph2] (1–5), were synthesized by the one-pot reaction method and fully characterized spectroscopically including the single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies of 2–4. Detailed photophysical characterization of all compounds was performed. All the compounds exhibited high luminescent properties with a quantum yield of 17–53%. Additionally, the results of cellular permeability analysis suggest that they are lipophilic and easily absorbed by cells. Confocal microscopy was used to examine the live cell imaging capability of 1–5, and the results show that the compounds are mostly internalized in mitochondria and exhibit negligible cytotoxicity at imaging concentration. Also, 1–5 exhibited high photostability as compared to the commercial dye and can be used in long-term real-time tracking of cell organelles. Also, it is found that the probes (1–5) are highly tolerable during the changes in mitochondrial morphology. Thus, this kind of low-toxic organotin-based fluorescent probe can assist in imaging of mitochondria within living cells and tracking changes in their morphology.

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