We have developed a series of novel near-infrared (NIR) wavelength-excitable fluorescent dyes, SiR-NIRs, by modifying the Si-rhodamine scaffold to obtain emission in the range suitable for in vivo imaging. Among them, SiR680 and SiR700 showed sufficiently high quantum efficiency in aqueous media. Both antibody-bound and free dye exhibited high tolerance to photobleaching in aqueous solution. Subcutaneous xenograft tumors were successfully visualized in a mouse tumor model using SiR700-labeled anti-tenascin-C (TN-C) antibody, SiR700-RCB1. SiR-NIRs are expected to be useful as labeling agents for in vivo imaging studies including multicolor imaging, and also as scaffolds for NIR fluorescence probes.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry