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Diarylether-based fluorogenic probes for detection of hypochlorous acid

Diarylether-based fluorogenic probes for detection of hypochlorous acid
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Background and Market Opportunity

  • 2,7-dichlorofluorescein (DCF) is currently the most successful commercial probe for hypochlorous acid (HOCl), but it suffers from poor selectivity and sensitivity.
  • Previous reports have suggested that the probes for HOCl have various limitations in terms of sensitivity, selectivity, chemostability, and photostability toward reactive oxygen species (ROS) and a negligible response toward HOCl.
  • Therefore, there is a need for a probe that is highly sensitive, selective, chemo-stable, and photo-stable towards ROS and HOCl.

Technology Overview and Key Advantages

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  • The present invention describes methods for detecting the presence of and/or determining the level of superoxide, HOCL or hydroxyl radical in samples, or in vivo in an organism.
  • The probe exhibits sensitivity and selectivity towards HOCl over a wide range of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) found in cells.
  • This probe contains substituted diarylether group as reacting site, which allows it to exhibit escalating sensitivity towards HOCl without any interference from cellular ROS/RNS.
  • The performance of these probes is highly robust in multiple cellular models including inflammation and mitochondrial respiratory inhibition.


  • Reactive time is  very short and detection limit is low, therefore high sensitivity.
  • Signal towards hypochlorous acid is high, that is high selectivity.
  • Low cytotoxicity.
  • Good solubility in aqueous media.
  • In vitro and in vivo experimental data is available.

Potential Product and Applications

  • The probes holds great potential as a discovery tool for dissecting the roles of HOCl in health and disease.
  • The probe could be used for drug screening.

Development Status and IP Strength

  • US application: US2016312033 undergoing patent examination.

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