Recent advances in minimal fluorescent probes for optical imaging

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Fluorescent probes have revolutionized biological imaging by enabling the real-time visualization of cellular processes under physiological conditions. However, their size and potential perturbative nature can pose challenges in retaining the integrity of biological functions. This manuscript highlights recent advancements in the development of small fluorescent probes for optical imaging studies. Single benzene-based fluorophores offer versatility with minimal disruption, exhibiting diverse properties like aggregation-induced emission and pH responsiveness. Fluorescent nucleobases enable precise labeling of nucleic acids without compromising function, offering high sensitivity and compatibility with biochemistry studies. Bright yet small fluorescent amino acids provide an interesting alternative to bulky fusion proteins, facilitating non-invasive imaging of cellular events with high precision. These miniaturized fluorophores promise enhanced capabilities for studying biological systems in a non-invasive manner, fostering further innovations in molecular imaging.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent opinion in chemical biology
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2024


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