2,7-Diaminobenzopyrylium Dyes are Live-Cell Mitochondrial Stains

ACS Bio & Med Chem Au, 2(3), 307-312


Small-molecule fluorescent stains enable the imaging of cellular structures without the need for genetic manipulation. Here, we introduce 2,7-diaminobenzopyrylium (DAB) dyes as live-cell mitochondrial stains excited with violet light. This amalgam of the coumarin and rhodamine fluorophore structures yields dyes with high photostability and tunable spectral properties.