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New BODIPY Dye with a Large Stokes Shift for Biopolymer Labelling
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1  Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine SB RAS, Lavrent’ev Ave, 8, 630090 Novosibirsk, Russia
2  Novosibirsk State University, Pirogova St., 2, 630090 Novosibirsk, Russia
3  Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine


As the most abundant protein with a variety of physiological functions, human serum albumin (HSA) has been used extensively for the delivery of therapeutic molecules. Thiolactone chemistry provides a powerful tool to prepare albumin-based multimodal imaging probes and agents for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT). For this purpose, boron containing BODIPY dye was designed and synthesized. BODIPY dyes are photostable neutral derivatives of 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene. These are widely used as chemosensors, laser materials and molecular probes. In the same time, BODIPY dyes as most other fluorophores have small or moderate Stokes shifts. Large Stokes shifts are preferred for fluorophores because of higher sensitivity of such probes and sensors. We succeeded to perform an annelation of pyrrole ring with cumarine heterocyclic system and achieved a remarkable difference in absorption and emission maximum of obtained fluorophore up to 100 nm. Moreover, this BODIPY dye was equipped with linker arm and was functionalized with a maleimide residue specifically reactive towards thiol groups of proteins. The released sulfhydryl groups of the homocysteine functional handle in thiolactone modified HSA was labeled with BODIPY dye to prepare a labeled albumin-BODIPY dye conjugate confirmed by MALDI-TOF-MS, UV-VIS and fluorescent emission spectra. This is the basis for a novel BODIPY dye -albumin theranostic for BNCT. These results provide further impetus to develop derivatives of HSA for delivery of Boron to cancer cells.

Keywords: BODIPY dyes; Biopolymer Labelling; Theranostic