A tetranaphthoimidazolium receptor as a fluorescent chemosensor for phytate

Minji Lee, Jong Hun Moon, Eun Jin Jun, Gyoungmi Kim, Yong Uk Kwon, Jin Yong Lee, Juyoung Yoon

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A new tetranaphthoimidazolium receptor was synthesized and reported to be a selective fluorescent chemosensor for phytate, myo-inositol hexakisphosphate (IP6). In a 100% aqueous solution at pH 7.4, chemosensor 1 showed a selective fluorescence enhancement for IP6 over IP3, phosphates, pyrophosphates, AMP, ADP and ATP. An excimer emission at 465 nm linearly increases in the range of 300 nM to 1 μM with a detection limit of 2.28 × 10−7 M. In addition, first live cell imaging of IP6 has been demonstrated by using a synthetic receptor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5851-5853
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number44
StatePublished - 6 May 2014


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