Discovery of the First Environment-Sensitive Fluorescent Probe for GPR120 (FFA4) Imaging. Academic Article uri icon


  • GPR120, which is activated by long-chain free fatty acids (FFAs), has been recognized as a new attractive target for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and metabolic disease. The visualization and location of GPR120 in native cells can provide powerful information for guiding the physiological and pathological studies of GPR120. We report herein the first potent fluorescent probes that sensitively detect GPR120. We designed and synthesized a series of novel environment-sensitive probes with suitable fluorescence property, high biological activity on the GPR120, and acceptable cytotoxicity. These fluorescent probes targeting GPR120 are expected to expand the toolkit for further studies on GPR120.

published proceedings

  • ACS Med Chem Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Liu, J., Tian, C., Jiang, T., Gao, Y., Zhou, Y., Li, M., & Du, L.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Liu, Jiaxiang||Tian, Chengsen||Jiang, Tianyu||Gao, Yuqi||Zhou, Yubin||Li, Minyong||Du, Lupei

publication date

  • April 2017