Long-term, in vivo, fluorescent cell tracking probes are useful for understanding complex cellular processes including tissue regeneration, communication, development, invasion, and cancer metastasis. A near-infrared fluorescent, water-soluble probe is particularly important for studying these biological events and processes. Herein, a lysosome specific, near-infrared Bodipy probe with increased fluorescent intensity in the acidic, lysosome environment is reported. This Bodipy probe is packaged in a nanoparticle using DSPE-PEG2000. The resulting nanoparticle is intravenously delivered to a tumor xenograft, where the fluorescent Bodipy becomes useful for non-invasive, long-term, in vivo fluorescent tumor imaging for periods greater than 36 days. These long-term, in vitro and in vitro tracking data indicate that the described Bodipy nanoparticles hold great potential for monitoring biological processes.
Keywords: Bodipy; Long-term cell imaging; Lysosome specific probe; Nanoparticles; Near-infrared fluorescence imaging.
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