Laizhong Chen

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Bioluminescent imaging (BLI) has been widely applicable in the imaging of process envisioned in life sciences. As the most conventional technique for BLI, the firefly luciferin-luciferase system is exceptionally functional in vitro and in vivo. The state-of-the-art strategy in such a system is to cage the luciferin, in which free luciferin is conjugated(More)
Peptidases, which can cleave specific peptide bonds in innumerable categories of substrates, usually present pivotal positions in protein activation, cell signaling and regulation as well as in the origination of amino acids for protein generation or application in other metabolic pathways. They are also involved in many pathological conditions, such as(More)
In the current paper, three activity-based colorimetric and ratiometric fluorescent probes based on a naphthalimide fluorophore were well designed and synthesized, which can be recognized and hydrolyzed by aminopeptidase N (APN) at both the enzymatic and cellular level by following the fluorescent emission wavelength change from blue to green light. As a(More)
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) often have significant roles in mediating redox modifications and other essential physiological processes, such as biological process regulation and signal transduction. Considering that H2O2 is a substantial member of ROS, detection and quantitation of H2O2 undertakes important but urgent responsibility. In this report, a(More)
A novel fluorogenic probe for tert-butoxy radicals based on the hydrazino-naphthalimide system is reported. Interestingly, different regioisomers exhibited significantly different optical properties toward ROS, which suggested 4-hydrazinyl naphthalimide as a potential new platform for the in vitro and in cellulo detection of alkoxyl radicals.
α1-Adrenergic receptors (α1-ARs), as one of the most important members of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), can mediate lots of physiological responses of the sympathetic nervous system. Until now, α1-ARs have been divided into at least three subtypes, α1A, α1B, and α1D, which distribute in various tissues and organs. In this research, we designed and(More)
Bioluminescence is a process that converts biochemical energy to visible light. Bioluminescence-based imaging technology has been widely applicable in the imaging of process envisioned in life sciences. As one of the most popular bioluminescence system, the firefly luciferin-luciferase system is exceptionally suitable for deep tissue imaging in living(More)
α1-Adrenergic receptors (α1-ARs), as the essential members of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), can mediate numerous physiological responses in the sympathetic nervous system. In the current research, a series of quinazoline-based small-molecule fluorescent probes to α1-ARs (1a-1e), including two parts, a pharmacophore for α1-AR recognition and a(More)
To find an approach that can image the hydrolysis activity of aminopeptidase N (APN) both in vitro and in vivo, three bioluminescent probes have been well designed and synthesized herein. All of them can be recognized and hydrolyzed by APN to produce bioluminescence emission in the presence of firefly luciferase. To the best of our knowledge, they are the(More)
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