Peyrard L., Chierici S., Pinet S., Batat P., Jonusauskas G., Pinaud N., Meyrand P., Gosse I.
Org. Biomol. Chem. 2011, 9, 8489-8494

A new strategy to obtain fluorescent cyclotriveratrylene (CTV) probes is proposed. The key intermediate, a triiodo CTV, is prepared in 3 steps with 47% overall yield. The whole synthesis requires only one purification step. The potential of this triiodo CTV as an intermediate is illustrated through the synthesis of a fluorescent phosphorylated probe that is able to bind choline and acetylcholine in pseudo-physiological conditions, with selectivity towards choline. As a consequence, this intermediate should allow us to rapidly form a library of probes in order to highlight the most promising ones.