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Aryl boronate fluorescent probes allow the non-invasive study of dynamic cellular processes involving the reactive species, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and peroxynitrite (ONOO-). However, the ability of these probes to differentiate between these two species remains unclear. Here, we report a boronate-functionalised hemicyanine dye (HD-BPin) as a potential strategy to distinguish between H2O2 at 704 nm (red channel) and ONOO- at 460 nm (blue channel) in solution and in cells. This work also highlights the choice of fluorophore before boronate functionalization can dictate the observed selectivity between these two species.

Original publication




Journal article


Chem Commun (Camb)

Publication Date





10699 - 10702


Fluorescent Dyes, Hydrogen Peroxide, Peroxynitrous Acid