PEGylated calixarene as a carrier for a Bodipy-based photosensitizer
Akkaya, E. U.
538 - 540
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Heavy atom substituted Bodipy compounds, unlike the parent chromophore, undergo rapid intersystem crossing to generate singlet oxygen, which is the primary cytotoxic agent exploited in PDT. In this work, we show that an organic soluble calixarene can be functionalized by Knoevenagel reaction and then converted into an amphiphilic photosensitizer in a few steps. In addition to generating a potentially useful photosensitizer, the sequence of reactions is the first use of a Bodipy dye as a chromophoric/fluorogenic label without the typical reactive functional groups.