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Combinatorial Synthesis and Characterization of New Asymmetric Porphyrins as Potential Photosensitizers in Photodynamic Therapy

[ Vol. 10 , Issue. 6 ]

Author(s):

Eugenia Fagadar-Cosma, Liliana Cseh, Valentin Badea, Gheorghe Fagadar-Cosma and Dana Vlascici   Pages 466 - 472 ( 7 )

Abstract:


Porphyrins play a major role as active photosensitizers in noninvasive optical photodynamic therapy (PDT). In a modular approach, this paper presents a short review of the recent developments of porphyrin structures and materials with improved photosensitizing properties and then presents the synthesis and characterization of a series of new second generation asymmetrical meso-tetraphenylporphyrins varied by substituent in the meta positions of the phenyl rings with either -OH or -OCH3 groups, whereas in the para positions only with -OCH3 groups. The new series of differentially functionalized porphyrins were obtained by a combinatorial multicomponent synthesis (Adler-Longo method) by simultaneously using two different aldehydes: 3,4-dimethoxybenzaldehyde and 3-hydroxybenzaldehyde. The porphyrins were isolated, purified and characterized by HPLC, TLC, UV-vis, fluorescence, MS, 1H-NMR, and 13C-NMR analysis, accompanied by DEPT 135 experiments. Because of the fact that the medium in cancerous tissues is often more acidic than in normal tissues, the capacity of these porphyrins to exist simultaneously in aggregated and protonated forms was also investigated, in tetrahydrofuran (THF) and acid THF-water systems, underlying the changes in the photophysical behaviour. The relative fluorescence quantum yields (Φf ) were calculated in comparison with meso-tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP), and the values between 0.14-0.26 were found to be promising for further trials. The series of asymmetrically substituted tetraphenylporphyrins, as the new class of supramolecular materials, are suitable for further functionalization in order to improve their photophysical properties, and they could represent interesting potential PDT photosensitizers.

Keywords:

Asymmetric porphyrins, photodynamic therapy, photosentisizers, fluorescence quantum yield, absorption spectra, multicomponent reaction

Affiliation:

Institute of Chemistry Timisoara of Romanian Academy, 24 M. Viteazul Avenue, 300223-Timisoara, Romania.



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