A series of quinolizinium-based fluorescent reagents were prepared by visible light-mediated goldcatalyzed cis-difunctionalization between quinolinium diazonium salts and electron-deficient alkynelinked phenylethynyl trimethylsilanes. The electron-deficient alkynyl group of the quinolizinium-based fluorescent reagents underwent nucleophilic addition reaction with the sulfhydryl group on cysteinecontaining peptides and proteins. The quinolizinium-based fluorescent reagents were found to function as highly selective reagents for the modification of cysteine-containing peptides and proteins with good to excellent conversions (up to 99%). Moreover, the modified BCArg mutants bearing cationic quinolizinium compounds 1b, 1d, 1e and 1h exhibit comparable activity in enzymatic and cytotoxicity assays to the unmodified one.
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