Fluorescent Formazans and Tetrazolium Salts - Towards Fluorescent Cytotoxicity Assays

Author(s): Melissa K. Ladyman, Jeffrey G.A. Walton, Annamaria Lilienkampf, Mark Bradley.

Journal Name: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
Accelerated Technologies for Biotechnology, Bioassays, Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products Research

Volume 19 , Issue 5 , 2016

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Formazan-based colorimetric cytotoxicity assays, such as the MTT assay, are typically used to assess cell viability with only metabolically active cells reducing tetrazolium salts into the formazans, which is then quantified by absorbance. Fluorescence offers several advantages compared to colorimetric assays and would enable techniques such as flow cytometry and confocal microscopy to be used for analysis. Here, fluorescent formazans 10, 11 and 12, and their corresponding tetrazolium salts 13, 16 and 24, respectively, were synthesised by incorporation of a known fluorophore backbone (coumarin, fluorescein and rhodol) with disruption of the conjugated system preventing or reducing fluorescence of the tetrazolium salts. These tetrazolium salts were successfully reduced to the fluorescent formazans with cells and offer a step forward in the development of fluorescent cytotoxicity assays.

Keywords: Fluorescence, MTT, cytotoxicity assay, formazan, tetrazolium salt, synthesis.

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Year: 2016
Page: [384 - 391]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/1386207319666160408150913
Price: $65

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