A High Affinity Fluorescent Catecholamine sensor in cell assays

A High Affinity Fluorescent Catecholamine sensor in cell assays

Inventors at the University of Missouri have developed a fluorescent chemical sensor with high affinity and turn-on response to norepinephrine. The sensor results in punctate staining of norepinephrine-enriched chromaffin cells, and can be used to quantify norepinephrine during exocytosis in live-cell and fixed-cell assays.

Catecholamines, namely epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine are important neurotransmitters in the sympathetic nervous system that exert cardiovascular and metabolic effects by stimulating adrenergic receptors in a variety of cells. Norepinephrine has also been associated with emotions like fear and aggression. Secreted from chrommafin cells, norepinephrine has potential as a clinically significant biomarker for definite disease states as well as for monitoring treatment efficacy. Due to its necessity in physiological functions, norepinephrine has been a prime focus of neuroscience research, making our neurosensor a valuable tool for its quantification.


  • Norepinephrine imaging
  • Norepinephrine quantitation
  • Fixed and live cell assays


  • High sensitivity and selectivity for Norepinephrine

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Owner: University of Missouri - Columbia

IP Protection Status: Pending Patent