Stretching the Bisalkyne Raman Spectral Palette Reveals a New Electrophilic Covalent Motif

Manasa Punaha Ravindra, Martin Lee, Silviya Dimova, Craig F. Steven, Marie T. J. Bluntzer, Valerie G. Brunton, Alison N. Hulme

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Small heteroaryl-diyne (Het-DY) tags with distinct vibrational frequencies, and physiologically relevant cLog P were designed for multiplexed bioorthogonal Raman imaging. Pd-Cu catalyzed coupling, combined with the use of Lei ligand, was shown to improve overall yields of the desired heterocoupled Het-Dy tags, minimizing the production of homocoupled side-products. Spectral data were in agreement with the trends predicted by DFT calculations and systematic introduction of electron-rich/poor rings stretched the frequency limit of aryl-capped diynes (2209-2243 cm-1). The improved Log P of these Het-Dy tags was evident from their diffuse distribution in cellular uptake studies and functionalizing tags with organelle markers allowed the acquisition of location-specific biological images. LC-MS- and NMR-based assays showed that some heteroaryl-capped internal alkynes are potential nucleophile traps with structure-dependent reactivity. These biocompatible Het-Dy tags, equipped with covalent reactivity, open up new avenues for Raman bioorthogonal imaging
Original languageEnglish
JournalChemistry – A European Journal
Early online date4 Apr 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Apr 2023


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