Photosuicide Labelling

  • L. Ehret-Sabatier
  • B. Kieffer
  • M. P. Goeldner
  • C. G. Hirth
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The photochemical properties of aryldiazonium salts and 4-diazocyclohexa-2,5-dienones are described with regards to their use as photoaffinity probes of biological receptors. The high reactivity of the photogenerated species, the corresponding aryl cation and the cyclohexadienonylidene carbene are emphasized. The short lifetime of the photogenerated intermediate is an important factor for the specificity of alkylation at the target binding site during the photoaffinity labelling process. We designed the photosuicide concept (suicide inactivation using photolabile probes) to increase this specificity of labelling by selective photoactivation of the ligand molecule that is complexed at the binding site. Descriptions of three selective photoactivations are given, each induced by different physico-chemical properties of a receptor site. The use of the above mentionned highly reactive species in photosuicide labelling experiments opens diffent possibilities including the topographical mapping of a receptor site.


Diazonium Salt Photochemical Property Photoaffinity Labelling Target Binding Site Aryldiazonium Salt 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Ehret-Sabatier
    • 1
  • B. Kieffer
    • 1
  • M. P. Goeldner
    • 1
  • C. G. Hirth
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Chimie Bio-organique UA CNRS 31Universite Louis Pasteur StrasbourgIllkirch-GraffenstadenFrance

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