PIM kinase-responsive microsecond-lifetime photoluminescent probes based on selenium-containing heteroaromatic tricycle

Ramesh Ekambaram, Ganesh Babu Manoharan, Erki Enkvist, Kadri Ligi, Stefan Knapp, Asko Uri*

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Abstract

A new structural fragment was synthesized for construction of protein binding-responsive photoluminescent probes. In complex with protein kinases of the PIM family, bisubstrate inhibitors containing benzo[4,5]seleno[3,2-d]pyrimidin-4-one moiety revealed microsecond-lifetime phosphorescence emission after pulse excitation with near-UV radiation. The phosphorescence signal was substantially (more than 50-fold) amplified by a covalently bound fluorescent dye (PromoFluor-555 or PromoFluor-647) whose absorption spectrum well overlapped with the phosphorescence emission spectrum of the selenium-containing heteroaromatic tricycle. The developed organic small-molecule long-lifetime photoluminescence probes possess subnanomolar affinity towards kinases of the PIM family and reveal especially strong emission signal with PIM-2 isozyme. The developed probes have potential to be used for monitoring of activity of PIM kinases for diagnosis of cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96750-96757
Number of pages8
JournalRSC Advances
Volume5
Issue number117
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes

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