In this work, we investigate the mode of interaction of a family of fluorescent zinc complexes with HS- and H2S. Different experiments, performed by diverse spectroscopic techniques, provide evidence that HS- binds the zinc center of all the complexes under investigation. Treatment with neutral H2S exhibits a markedly different reactivity which indicates selectivity for HS- over H2S of the systems under investigation. Striking color changes, visible to the naked eye, occur when treating the systems with HS- or by an H2S flow. Accordingly, also the fluorescence is modulated by the presence of HS-, with the possible formation of multiple adducts. The results highlight the potential of the devised systems to be implemented as HS-/H2S colorimetric and fluorescent sensors. Bioimaging experiments indicate the potential of using this class of compounds as probes for the detection of H2S in living cells.

Fluorescent salen-type Zn(II) Complexes As Probes for Detecting Hydrogen Sulfide and Its Anion: Bioimaging Applications

Strianese M.
Writing – Review & Editing
;
Guarnieri D.
Investigation
;
Lamberti M.
Conceptualization
;
Landi A.
Investigation
;
Peluso A.
Supervision
;
Pellecchia C.
Supervision
2020-01-01

Abstract

In this work, we investigate the mode of interaction of a family of fluorescent zinc complexes with HS- and H2S. Different experiments, performed by diverse spectroscopic techniques, provide evidence that HS- binds the zinc center of all the complexes under investigation. Treatment with neutral H2S exhibits a markedly different reactivity which indicates selectivity for HS- over H2S of the systems under investigation. Striking color changes, visible to the naked eye, occur when treating the systems with HS- or by an H2S flow. Accordingly, also the fluorescence is modulated by the presence of HS-, with the possible formation of multiple adducts. The results highlight the potential of the devised systems to be implemented as HS-/H2S colorimetric and fluorescent sensors. Bioimaging experiments indicate the potential of using this class of compounds as probes for the detection of H2S in living cells.
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