: Developing biocompatible nitric oxide (NO) photoreleasing nanoconstucts is of great interest in view of the large variety of biological roles that NO plays and the unique advantage light offers in controlling NO release in space and time. In this contribution, we report the supramolecular assemblies of two NO photodonors (NOPDs), NBF-NO and RHD-NO, as water-dispersible nanogels, ca. 10 nm in diameter, based on γ-cyclodextrins (γ-CDng). These NOPDs, containing amino-nitro-benzofurazan and rhodamine chromophores as light harvesting antennae, can be activated by visible light, are highly hydrophobic and can be effectively entrapped within the γ-CDng. Despite being confined in a very restricted environment, neither NOPD suffer self-aggregation and preserve their photochemical and photophysical properties well. The blue light excitation of the weakly fluorescent γ-CDng/NBF-NO complex results in effective NO release and the concomitant generation of the highly green, fluorescent co-product, which acts as an optical NO reporter. Moreover, the green light excitation of the persistent red fluorescent γ-CDng/RHD-NO triggers NO photorelease without significantly modifying the emission properties. The activatable and persistent fluorescence emissions of the NOPDs are useful for monitoring their interactions with the Gram-positive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, whose growth is significantly inhibited by γ-CDng/RHD-NO upon green light irradiation.

Supramolecular Assemblies of Fluorescent Nitric Oxide Photoreleasers with Ultrasmall Cyclodextrin Nanogels

Parisi, Cristina;Sortino, Salvatore
2023-01-01

Abstract

: Developing biocompatible nitric oxide (NO) photoreleasing nanoconstucts is of great interest in view of the large variety of biological roles that NO plays and the unique advantage light offers in controlling NO release in space and time. In this contribution, we report the supramolecular assemblies of two NO photodonors (NOPDs), NBF-NO and RHD-NO, as water-dispersible nanogels, ca. 10 nm in diameter, based on γ-cyclodextrins (γ-CDng). These NOPDs, containing amino-nitro-benzofurazan and rhodamine chromophores as light harvesting antennae, can be activated by visible light, are highly hydrophobic and can be effectively entrapped within the γ-CDng. Despite being confined in a very restricted environment, neither NOPD suffer self-aggregation and preserve their photochemical and photophysical properties well. The blue light excitation of the weakly fluorescent γ-CDng/NBF-NO complex results in effective NO release and the concomitant generation of the highly green, fluorescent co-product, which acts as an optical NO reporter. Moreover, the green light excitation of the persistent red fluorescent γ-CDng/RHD-NO triggers NO photorelease without significantly modifying the emission properties. The activatable and persistent fluorescence emissions of the NOPDs are useful for monitoring their interactions with the Gram-positive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, whose growth is significantly inhibited by γ-CDng/RHD-NO upon green light irradiation.
2023
cyclodextrins
gels
light
nitric oxide
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