Enhanced Fluorescent Assignment of Protein Aggregates by an OligothiophenePorphyrinâBased Amyloid Ligand
Macromolecular Rapid Communications, January 2013
Arja, Katriann, Sjölander, Daniel, Åslund, Alma, Prokop, Stefan, Heppner, Frank L., Konradsson, Peter, Lindgren, Mikael, Hammarström, Per, Åslund, K. O. Andreas, Nilsson, K. Peter R.
Fluorescent probes identifying protein aggregates are of great interest, as deposition of aggregated proteins is associated with many devastating diseases. Here, we report that a fluorescent amyloid ligand composed of two distinct molecular moieties, an amyloidophilic pentameric oligothiophene and a porphyrin, can be utilized for spectral and lifetime imaging assessment of recombinant Aβ 1-42 amyloid fibrils and Aβ deposits in brain tissue sections from a transgenic mouse model with Alzheimer's disease pathology. The enhanced spectral range and distinct lifetime diversity of this novel oligothiophene-porphyrin-based ligand allow a more precise assessment of heterogeneous amyloid morphology compared with the corresponding oligothiophene dye.
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