Thermo Scientific™

Coomassie Brilliant Blue R-250 Dye

Catalog number: 20278
Thermo Scientific™

Coomassie Brilliant Blue R-250 Dye

Catalog number: 20278
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Thermo Scientific Pierce Coomassie Brilliant Blue R-250 is one of the most common forms of coomassie dye, which is a key component of various colorimetric protein gel stains.

Coomassie R-250 and G-250 dyes are two chemical forms of a disulfonated triphenylmethane compound that is commonly used as the basis of stains for detection of proteins in gel electrophoresis and Bradford-type assay reagents for protein quantitation. The R-250 (red-tinted) form lacks two methyl groups that are present in the G-250 (green-tinted) form, which is also called colloidal coomassie dye. Typically, coomassie gel stains and protein assay reagents are formulated as very acidic solutions in 25 to 50% methanol. In acidic conditions, the dye binds to proteins primarily through basic amino acids (primarily arginine, lysine and histidine), and the number of coomassie dye ligands bound to each protein molecule is approximately proportional to the number of positive charges found on the protein. Protein-binding causes the dye to change from reddish-brown to bright blue (absorption maximum equals 595 nm).

Features of Coomassie Brilliant Blue R-250 and G-250 Dyes:

Easy detection—Develops intensely colored complexes with proteins
High sensitivity—Can determine as little as 0.5 µg/cm2 of protein present in a gel matrix
Reversible staining—Anion of Coomassie Brilliant Blue formed in the acidic staining medium combines with the protonated amino groups of proteins by electrostatic interaction; resulting complex is reversible under the proper conditions
Differentiation between bound and unbound dye—When dissolved in 0.01M citrate buffer at pH 3.0, has an absorption maximum at 555nm; protein-dye complex is characterized by a peak slightly broader than that of the free dye with a maximum at 549 nm

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Pierce Coomassie Brilliant Blue R-250 Dye
Detection Location
In-Gel Detection, In-Solution Detection, In-Blot Detection
Target Molecule
Detection Method
Product Type Specs
Protein Gel Stain
Label or Dye

Contents & Storage

Store at room temperature.


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