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A new boronic acid-based fluorescent sensor for L-dihydroxyphenylalanine.
Wu ZY, Yang XY, Xu WF, Wang BH, Fang H
Catecholamines, such as dopamine and L-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA), are associated with different physiological functions and diseases. In our recent studies, a novel water-soluble boronic acid compound 3c was identified as a selective fluorescent sensor for L-DOPA. This compound not only has the ability to interact with dopamine and catechol, but also has no fluorescence intensity change for L-DOPA precursors in vivo, such as L-tyrosine.