A Highly Selective and Sensitive Chemiluminescent Probe for Real-Time Monitoring of Hydrogen Peroxide in Cells and Animals

Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2020 Aug 17;59(34):14326-14330. doi: 10.1002/anie.202005429. Epub 2020 Jul 1.


Selective and sensitive molecular probes for hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ), which plays diverse roles in oxidative stress and redox signaling, are urgently needed to investigate the physiological and pathological effects of H2 O2 . A lack of reliable tools for in vivo imaging has hampered the development of H2 O2 mediated therapeutics. By combining a specific tandem Payne/Dakin reaction with a chemiluminescent scaffold, H2 O2 -CL-510 was developed as a highly selective and sensitive probe for detection of H2 O2 both in vitro and in vivo. A rapid 430-fold enhancement of chemiluminescence was triggered directly by H2 O2 without any laser excitation. Arsenic trioxide induced oxidative damage in leukemia was successfully detected. In particular, cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury-induced H2 O2 fluxes were visualized in rat brains using H2 O2 -CL-510, providing a new chemical tool for real-time monitoring of H2 O2 dynamics in living animals.

Keywords: bioimaging; chemiluminescence; fluorescent probes; hydrogen peroxide; imaging agents.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen Peroxide / metabolism*
  • Limit of Detection
  • Luminescence*
  • Molecular Probes / chemistry
  • Molecular Probes / metabolism*
  • Rats
  • Small Molecule Libraries / metabolism
  • THP-1 Cells


  • Molecular Probes
  • Small Molecule Libraries
  • Hydrogen Peroxide