A Novel Fluorogenic Coumarin Substrate for Monitoring Acid Phosphatase Activity at Low pH Environment

Desuo Yang1, Zongxiao Li1, Yubo Allan Diwu3, Hanzhuo Fu2, Jinfang Liao3, Chunmei Wei3, Zhenjun Diwu*, 3
1 Department of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Baoji University of Arts & Science, Shaanxi, China
2 Northwest University, Department of Chemistry, 229 North Taibei Road, Xian, Shaanxi, China
3 ABD Bioquest, Inc., 923 Thompson Place, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, USA

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