Trimethyl-substituted carbamate as a versatile self-immolative linker for fluorescence detection of enzyme reactions

Noriaki Nakamura, Shohei Uchinomiya, Kazuya Inoue, Akio Ojida

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Self-immolative linker is a useful building block of molecular probes, with broad applications in the fields of enzyme activity analysis, stimuli-responsive material science, and drug delivery. This manuscript presents N-methyl dimethyl methyl (i.e., trimethyl) carbamate as a new class of self-immolative linker for the fluorescence detection of enzyme reactions. The trimethyl carbamate was shown to spontaneously undergo intramolecular cyclization upon formation of a carboxylate group, to liberate a fluorophore with the second time rapid reaction kinetics. Interestingly, the auto-cleavage reaction of trimethyl carbamate was also induced by the formation of hydroxyl and amino groups. Fluorescent probes with a trimethyl carbamate could be applicable for fluorescence monitoring of the enzyme reactions catalyzed by esterase, ketoreductase, and aminotransferase, and for fluorescence imaging of intracellular esterase activity in living cells, hence demonstrating the utility of this new class of self-immolative linker.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2153
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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