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Inorg Chem. 2006 May 15;45(10):4088-96.

New luminescent europium(III) chelates for DNA labeling.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, Advanced Research Institute for Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Shinjuku-ku 169-8555, Tokyo, Japan.

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  • Inorg Chem. 2006 Oct 2;45(20):8460.

Abstract

The new europium(III) chelate [2,2',2'',2'''-[[4'-(aminobiphenyl-4-yl)-2,2':6',2''-terpyridine- 6,6''-diyl]bis(methylenenitrilo)]tetrakis(acetato)] europium(III) (ATBTA-Eu3+) and its 4,6-dichloro-1,3,5-triazinyl and succinimidyl derivatives (DTBTA and NHS-ATBTA, respectively) were synthesized and characterized. Both labeling complexes DTBTA-Eu3+ and NHS-ATBTA-Eu3+ are luminescent. Especially DTBTA-Eu3+ is strongly luminescent, with a luminescence quantum yield of 9.1%, molar extinction coefficient of 3.1 x 10(4) cm(-1) M(-1) (335 nm), and luminescence lifetime of 1.02 ms. The excitation and emission maximum wavelengths of DTBTA-Eu3+ are 335 and 616 nm, respectively. The complex is very stable in aqueous buffers, with a conditional formation constant log K(DTBTA-Eu) of 25.0 at pH 8, and can be conjugated to DNA and proteins. The chelates are also highly resistant to thermal decomposition, photodegradation, and ozone oxidation. These properties prove that DTBTA-Eu3+ is suitable as a luminescence label in DNA assays.

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