Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of novel GFP chromophore analogues based on aminoimidazolone derivatives

Attila Jancsó, Ervin Kovács, Levente Cseri, Balázs J. Rózsa, Gábor Galbács, Imre G. Csizmadia, Zoltán Mucsi

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In order to improve the fluorescence properties of the green fluorescent protein chromophore, p‑HOBDI ((5‑(4‑hydroxybenzylidene)‑2,3‑dimethyl‑3,5‑dihydro‑4H‑imidazol‑4‑one), sixteen dihydroimidazolone derivates were synthesized from thiohydantoin and arylaldehydes. The synthesis developed is an efficient, novel, one-pot procedure. The study provides a detailed description of the spectroscopic characteristics of the newly synthesized compounds, using p‑HOBDI as a reference. The new compounds all exhibited significantly stronger fluorescence than p‑HOBDI, up to 28 times higher quantum yields. An experimental and theoretical investigation of the relationship of the fluorescence properties with the molecular structure was also carried out. A good correlation was found between the emission wavenumber and the Hammett constant of the functional group, which suggests the intermolecular charge transfer (ICT) mechanism between the aromatic groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-170
Number of pages10
JournalSpectrochimica Acta - Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Publication statusPublished - júl. 5 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Spectroscopy

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