Intracellular Transfer Hydrogenation Mediated by Unprotected Organoiridium Catalysts.

In the present work, we show for the first time that the conversion of aldehydes to alcohols can be achieved using "unprotected" iridium transfer hydrogenation catalysts inside living cells. The reactions were observed in real time by confocal fluorescence microscopy using a Bodipy fluorogenic substrate. We propose that the reduced cofactor nicotinamide… CONTINUE READING