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Bernal-Escalante, Jasmine; Molina-Villa, Tonatiuh; Lopez-Casillas, Fernando; Jimenez-Sanchez, Arturo (2022)

MITOCHONDRIA-ASSISTED PHOTOOXIDATION TO TRACK SINGLET OXYGEN AT HOMEOSTATIC MEMBRANE MICROVISCOSITY

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Using intracellular-controlled photochemistry to track dynamic organelle processes is gaining attention due to its broad applications. However, most of the employed molecular probes usually require toxic photosensitizers and complex bioanalytical protocols. Here, the synthesis and performance of two new subcellular probes ( and ) are described. The probes undergo photooxidation in the damaged tissue of zebrafish, a model system for tissue regeneration studies. Using high-resolution confocal microscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy, we combine the mentioned photoinduced interconversion at the homeostatic membrane viscosity to track singlet oxygen activity selectively. The continuous and real-time biosensing method reported here provides a new approach for simultaneously detecting endogenous singlet oxygen and viscosity status.