A blue-absorbing photolabile protecting group for in vivo chromatically orthogonal photoactivation.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


ACS chemical biology, Volume 8, Issue 7, p.1528-36 (2013)




Animals; Benzhydryl Compounds; Carbamates; Color; LIGHT; Microscopy, Confocal; Molecular Structure; Staining and Labeling; Zebrafish


The small and synthetically easily accessible 7-diethylamino-4-thiocoumarinylmethyl photolabile protecting group has been validated for uncaging with blue light. It exhibits a significant action cross-section for uncaging in the 470-500 nm wavelength range and a low light absorption between 350 and 400 nm. These attractive features have been implemented in living zebrafish embryos to perform chromatic orthogonal photoactivation of two biologically active species controlling biological development with UV and blue-cyan light sources, respectively.