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Journal of the American Chemical Society

Synthesis of 7-azaserotonin: its photophysical properties associated with excited state proton transfer reaction.


PMID 17090003

Abstract

We report the synthesis of 3-(2-aminoethyl)-5-ol-1H-pyrrolo[2,3-b]pyridine (7-azaserotonin), which may potentially serve as an agonist or antagonist of serotonin receptors. In alcohols, the solvent (e.g., ethanol) catalyzed proton-transfer reaction takes place for 7-azaserotonin in the excited state, resulting in dual emission. Conversely, excited-state deprotonation takes place in neutral aqueous solution. The unique excitation behavior makes 7-azaserotonin versatile as a potential bioprobe.

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