Two photon absorption, fluorescence bioimaging, pluronic micelle, lysosome tracking, mitochondria probe, x ray ct contrast agent
The pursuit of more suitable drugs intended for possible biological applications are a continuously growing topic of research within the scientific community. One of these suitable qualities includes the need for hydrophilicity and or some appropriate delivery system for the drug to enter into biological systems. A system of analyzing and following these compounds would then, however, be necessary to conduct any kind of mechanistic or interaction studies for he said drug within the biological system. Just to name a few, fluorescence and X-ray computed tomography (CT) methods allow for imaging of biological systems but require the need of compounds with specific qualities. Finally, even with a means of entering and following a oaded drug, it would not be complete without a way of targeting its intended location. Herein, the first chapter reports the synthesis and characterization of a fluorene-based pyridil bis-?-diketone compound with suitable one- and two-photon fluorescent properties and its encapsulation into Pluronic F127 micelles for the possible application of tracking lysosomes. Next the synthesis and characterization of a BODIPY-based fluorophore with excellent fluorescence ability is reported. This compound was conjugated to two triphenylphosphine (TPP) groups and is shown as a potential mitochondria probe within HCT-116 cells. Finally, the synthesis and characterization of diatrizoic acid (DA) based derivatives conjugated to silica nanoparticles, as well as unconjugated, are reported as potential CT contrast agents. The derivatives were also functionalized with maleimide moieties facilitating subsequent potential bioconjugation of a targeting protein via a thiol group.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Sciences
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences; Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
Tang, Simon, "Synthesis and Characterization of New Probes for use in Fluorescence and X-ray CT Bioimaging" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1495.