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Chelation and determination of labile iron in primary hepatocytes by pyridinone fluorescent probes.

A series of fluorescent iron chelators has been synthesized such that a fluorescent function is covalently linked to a 3-hydroxypyridin-4-one. In the present study, the fluorescent iron chelators were loaded into isolated rat hepatocytes. The intracellular fluorescence was not only quenched by an addition of a highly lipophilic 8-hydroxyquinoline-iron(III) complex but also was dequenched by the addition of an excess of the membrane-permeable iron chelator CP94 (1,2-diethyl-3-hydroxypyridin-4-one). The time course of uptake of iron and iron chelation in single, intact cells was recorded on-line by using digital fluorescence microscopy. Intracellular concentrations of various fluorescent iron chelators were determined by using a spectrofluorophotometer subsequent to lysis of probe-loaded cells and were found to depend on their partition coefficients; the more hydrophobic the compound, the higher the intracellular concentration. An ex situ calibration method was used to determine the chelatable iron pool of cultured rat hepatocytes. CP655 (7-diethylamino-N-[(5-hydroxy-6-methyl-4-oxo-1,4-dihydropyridin-3-yl)methyl]-N-methyl-2-oxo-2H-chromen-3-carboxamide), which is a moderately lipophilic fluorescent chelator, was found to be the most sensitive probe for monitoring chelatable iron, as determined by the intracellular fluorescence increase induced by the addition of CP94. The concentration of the intracellular chelatable iron pool in hepatocytes was determined by this probe to be 5.4+/-1.3 microM.[1]


  1. Chelation and determination of labile iron in primary hepatocytes by pyridinone fluorescent probes. Ma, Y., de Groot, H., Liu, Z., Hider, R.C., Petrat, F. Biochem. J. (2006) [Pubmed]
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