Self-Immolative Fluorescent and Raman Probe for Real-Time Imaging and Quantification of γ-Glutamyl Transpeptidase in Living Cells.

Yang Zhang, Gengwu Zhang, Peng Yang, Basem Moosa, Niveen M. Khashab

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Abstract

Characterizing over-expressed enzymes or biomarkers in living cells is critical for the molecular understanding of disease pathology and consequently for designing precision medicines. Herein, a “switch-on” probe is designed to selectively detect γ-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) in living cells via a unique ensemble of enhanced fluorescence and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). In the presence of GGT, the γ-glutamyl bond in the probe molecule is cleaved, thereby activating a fluorescent probe molecule as well as a Raman reporter molecule. Consequently, the detection of GGT is achieved based on both plasmonic fluorescent enhancement and SERS with a detection limit as low as 1.2 × 10–3 U/L (normal range for GGT levels in the blood is 9–48 U/L). The main advantage of this platform is that on the occasion of fluorescence signal interference, especially in the presence of free metal ions in cells, the SERS signals still hold high stability as a backup. This work highlights the benefits of the marriage of two complimentary sensing techniques into one platform that can overcome the major obstacles of detection of real-time biomarkers and imaging in living cells.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27529-27535
Number of pages7
JournalACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Volume11
Issue number31
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 24 2019

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