Smart optical probes for near-infrared fluorescence imaging of Alzheimer’s disease pathology

  • Scott B. Raymond
  • Jesse Skoch
  • Ivory D. Hills
  • Evgueni E. Nesterov
  • Timothy M. Swager
  • Brian J. Bacskai



Near-infrared fluorescent probes for amyloid-beta (Aβ) are an exciting option for molecular imaging in Alzheimer’s disease research and may translate to clinical diagnostics. However, Aβ-targeted optical probes often suffer from poor specificity and slow clearance from the brain. We are designing smart optical probes that emit characteristic fluorescence signal only when bound to Aβ.


We synthesized a family of dyes and tested Aβ-binding sensitivity with fluorescence spectroscopy and tissue-staining.


Select compounds exhibited Aβ-dependent changes in fluorescence quantum yield, lifetime, and emission spectra that may be imaged microscopically or in vivo using new lifetime and spectral fluorescence imaging techniques.


Smart optical probes that turn on when bound to Aβ will improve amyloid detection and may enable quantitative molecular imaging in vivo.


Optical probes Fluorescence imaging Alzheimer’s disease Near-infrared 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Scott B. Raymond
    • 1
  • Jesse Skoch
    • 2
  • Ivory D. Hills
    • 4
  • Evgueni E. Nesterov
    • 3
  • Timothy M. Swager
    • 4
  • Brian J. Bacskai
    • 1
  1. 1.Alzheimer’s Disease Research UnitDepartment of Neurology, Massachusetts General HospitalCharlestownUSA
  2. 2.Department of PharmacologyUniversity of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences CenterDenverUSA
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  4. 4.Department of Chemistry and Institute for Soldier NanotechnologiesMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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