Scientific article

[4]Helicene-Squalene Fluorescent Nanoassemblies for Specific Targeting of Mitochondria in Live-Cell Imaging

Published inAdvanced Functional Materials, vol. 27, no. 33, 1701839
Publication date2017

Ester, amide, and directly linked composites of squalene and cationic diaza [4]helicenes 1 are readily prepared. These lipid-dye constructs 2, 3, and 4 give in aqueous media monodispersed spherical nanoassemblies around 100–130 nm in diameter with excellent stability for several months. Racemic and enantiopure nanoassemblies of compound 2 are fully characterized, including by transmission electron microscope and cryogenic transmission electron microscope imaging that did not reveal higher order supramolecular structures. Investigations of their (chir)optical properties show red absorption maxima ≈600 nm and red fluorescence spanning up to the near-infrared region, with average Stokes shifts of 1350–1550 cm−1. Live-cell imaging by confocal microscopy reveals rapid internalization on the minute time scale and organelle-specific accumulation. Colocalization with MitoTracker in several cancer cell lines demonstrates a specific staining of mitochondria by the [4]helicene–squalene nanoassemblies. To our knowledge, it is the first report of a subcellular targeting by squalene-based nanoassemblies.

  • cationic helicenes
  • fluorescence
  • mitochondria
  • nanoassemblies
  • red to near-IR imaging
  • squalene
Citation (ISO format)
BABIC, Andréj et al. [4]Helicene-Squalene Fluorescent Nanoassemblies for Specific Targeting of Mitochondria in Live-Cell Imaging. In: Advanced Functional Materials, 2017, vol. 27, n° 33, p. 1701839. doi: 10.1002/adfm.201701839
Main files (1)
Article (Published version)
ISSN of the journal1616-301X

Technical informations

Creation09/07/2017 3:08:00 PM
First validation09/07/2017 3:08:00 PM
Update time03/15/2023 1:59:32 AM
Status update03/15/2023 1:59:31 AM
Last indexation01/17/2024 12:37:44 AM
All rights reserved by Archive ouverte UNIGE and the University of GenevaunigeBlack