Nitric oxide (NO) is an intra- and extracellular messenger with important functions during human physiology process. A long-lived luminescent iridium(III) complex probe 1 has been designed and synthesized for the monitoring of NO controllably released from sodium nitroprusside (SNP). Probe 1 displayed a 15-fold switch-on luminescence in the presence of SNP at 580 nm. The probe exhibited a linear response towards SNP between 5 to 25 μM with detection limit at 0.18 μM. Importantly, the luminescent switch-on detection of NO in HeLa cells was demonstrated. Overall, complex 1 has the potential to be applied for NO tracing in complicated cellular environment.
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