Glycans can be imaged by metabolic labeling with azidosugars followed by chemical reaction with imaging probes; however, tissue-specific labeling is difficult to achieve. Here we describe a strategy for the use of a caged metabolic precursor that is activated for cellular metabolism by enzymatic cleavage. An N-azidoacetylmannosamine derivative caged with a peptide substrate for the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) protease was converted to cell-surface azido sialic acids in a PSA-dependent manner. The approach has applications in tissue-selective imaging of glycans for clinical and basic research purposes. © 2010 American Chemical Society.
Chang, Pamela V.; Dube, Danielle H.; Sletten, Ellen M.; and Bertozzi, Carolyn R., "A strategy for the selective imaging of glycans using caged metabolic precursors" (2010). Chemistry Faculty Publications. 12.