Chem Commun (Camb) 2019 Apr;55(35):5060-5063
Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), State Key Laboratory for Structural Chemistry of Unstable and Stable Species, Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100190, China.
Monitoring autophagy can provide valuable insights into understanding human pathological mechanisms, developing novel drugs, and exploring autophagy control approaches. Here, we proposed a new strategy to specifically monitor autophagy by lighting up the G-quadruplex structures entering autolysosomes. Based on this strategy, we designed a small-molecule fluorescent probe for autophagy imaging. This work not only opens up a new way for developing autophagy probes, but also provides an effective tool for autophagy research.