Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 9652-9655

DOI: 10.1039/C6CC04566A

Highly solvatochromic and tunable fluorophores based on a 4,5-quinolimide scaffold: novel CDK5 probes

Novel 4,5-quinolimide-based fluorophores are more solvatochromic and red-shifted than known naphthalimide analogues. Conjugation of one of these fluorophores to a peptide derived from CDK5 kinase demonstrated its sensitivity for monitoring the interaction with its regulatory partner p25. Introduction of the quinolimide-labelled peptide into living glioblastoma cells probed the interaction with endogenous p25.