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Calcein AM, cell-permeant green and blue dyes

Catalog number: C3100MP
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Invitrogen™

Calcein AM, cell-permeant green and blue dyes

Catalog number: C3100MP
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Calcein AM is a cell-permeant dye frequently used in cell biology research. It is derived from Calcein, a fluorescent dye that exhibits bright green fluorescence upon binding to intracellular free calcium ions. Calcein AM is a non-fluorescent compound that can permeate the cell membrane due to its lipophilic properties. Once inside the cell, it is cleaved by intracellular esterases, yielding the fluorescent Calcein molecule. This conversion allows the dye to be retained within the cytoplasm; apoptotic and dead cells with compromised membranes do not retain Calcein.
 
Catalog Number
C3100MP
Unit Size
Each
Product Type
Calcein, AM
Quantity
20 x 50 μg
Price (USD)
Availability
-
Full specifications
Quantity
Cell PermeabilityCell-permeant
For Use With (Application)Cell Tracing, Cell Tracker
For Use With (Equipment)Fluorescence Microscope
Product TypeCalcein, AM
Dye TypeOther Label(s) or Dye(s)
Emission517 nm
Quantity20 x 50 μg
Reagent TypeCell Tracker Compounds, Cell Labeling Reagents
Shipping ConditionRoom Temperature
Target EnzymeEsterase
Molecular Weight (g/mol)994.86
Unit SizeEach
Catalog Number
Unit Size
Each
Product Type
Calcein, AM
Quantity
1 mg
Price (USD)
Availability
-
Full specifications
Quantity
Cell PermeabilityCell-permeant
For Use With (Application)Cell Tracing, Cell Tracker
For Use With (Equipment)Fluorescence Microscope
Product TypeCalcein, AM
Dye TypeOther Label(s) or Dye(s)
Emission517 nm
Excitation Wavelength Range494 nm
Quantity1 mg
Reagent TypeCell Tracker Compounds, Cell Labeling Reagents
Shipping ConditionRoom Temperature
Target EnzymeEsterase
Unit SizeEach
Catalog Number
Unit Size
Each
Product Type
Calcein, AM (1 mg/mL solution in dry DMSO)
Quantity
1 mL
Price (USD)
Availability
-
Full specifications
Quantity
Cell PermeabilityCell-permeant
Concentration1 mg/mL
For Use With (Application)Cell Tracing, Cell Tracker
For Use With (Equipment)Fluorescence Microscope
Product TypeCalcein, AM (1 mg/mL solution in dry DMSO)
Dye TypeOther Label(s) or Dye(s)
Emission517 nm
Excitation Wavelength Range494 nm
Quantity1 mL
Reagent TypeCell Tracker Compounds, Cell Labeling Reagents
Shipping ConditionRoom Temperature
Target EnzymeEsterase
Unit SizeEach
Catalog Number
Unit Size
Each
Product Type
Calcein Blue, AM
Quantity
1 mg
Price (USD)
Availability
-
Full specifications
Quantity
Cell PermeabilityCell-permeant
For Use With (Application)Cell Tracing, Cell Tracker
For Use With (Equipment)Fluorescence Microscope
Product TypeCalcein Blue, AM
Dye TypeOther Label(s) or Dye(s)
Emission449 nm
Quantity1 mg
Reagent TypeCell Tracker Compounds, Cell Labeling Reagents
Shipping ConditionRoom Temperature
Target EnzymeEsterase
Excitation/Emission322/437 nm
Molecular Weight (g/mol)465.41
Unit SizeEach
Catalog Number
Unit Size
Each
Product Type
Calcein Green, AM
Quantity
20 x 50 μg
Price (USD)
Availability
-
Full specifications
Quantity
Cell PermeabilityCell-permeant
For Use With (Application)Cell Tracing, Cell Tracker
For Use With (Equipment)Fluorescence Microscope
Product TypeCalcein Green, AM
Dye TypeOther Label(s) or Dye(s)
Emission495 nm
Excitation Wavelength Range515 nm
FormatSpecial packaging
Product LineCellTrace™
Quantity20 x 50 μg
Reagent TypeCell Tracker Compounds, Cell Labeling Reagents
Shipping ConditionRoom Temperature
Target EnzymeEsterase
Unit SizeEach
Catalog Number
Unit Size
100 mg
Product Type
Calcein, high purity
Quantity
100 mg
Price (USD)
Availability
-
Full specifications
Quantity
Cell PermeabilityCell-impermeant
For Use With (Application)Cell Tracing, Cell Tracker
For Use With (Equipment)Fluorescence Microscope
Product TypeCalcein, high purity
Dye TypeOther Label(s) or Dye(s)
Emission517 nm
Excitation Wavelength Range494 nm
Quantity100 mg
Reagent TypeCell Tracker Compounds, Cell Labeling Reagents
Shipping ConditionRoom Temperature
Unit Size100 mg
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Catalog NumberSpecificationsUnit SizeProduct TypeQuantityPrice (USD)AvailabilityQuantity
C3100MPFull specifications
Each Calcein, AM20 x 50 μg
-
Cell PermeabilityCell-permeant
For Use With (Application)Cell Tracing, Cell Tracker
For Use With (Equipment)Fluorescence Microscope
Product TypeCalcein, AM
Dye TypeOther Label(s) or Dye(s)
Emission517 nm
Quantity20 x 50 μg
Reagent TypeCell Tracker Compounds, Cell Labeling Reagents
Shipping ConditionRoom Temperature
Target EnzymeEsterase
Molecular Weight (g/mol)994.86
Unit SizeEach
C1430Full specifications
Each Calcein, AM1 mg
-
Cell PermeabilityCell-permeant
For Use With (Application)Cell Tracing, Cell Tracker
For Use With (Equipment)Fluorescence Microscope
Product TypeCalcein, AM
Dye TypeOther Label(s) or Dye(s)
Emission517 nm
Excitation Wavelength Range494 nm
Quantity1 mg
Reagent TypeCell Tracker Compounds, Cell Labeling Reagents
Shipping ConditionRoom Temperature
Target EnzymeEsterase
Unit SizeEach
C3099Full specifications
Each Calcein, AM (1 mg/mL solution in dry DMSO)1 mL
-
Cell PermeabilityCell-permeant
Concentration1 mg/mL
For Use With (Application)Cell Tracing, Cell Tracker
For Use With (Equipment)Fluorescence Microscope
Product TypeCalcein, AM (1 mg/mL solution in dry DMSO)
Dye TypeOther Label(s) or Dye(s)
Emission517 nm
Excitation Wavelength Range494 nm
Quantity1 mL
Reagent TypeCell Tracker Compounds, Cell Labeling Reagents
Shipping ConditionRoom Temperature
Target EnzymeEsterase
Unit SizeEach
C1429Full specifications
Each Calcein Blue, AM1 mg
-
Cell PermeabilityCell-permeant
For Use With (Application)Cell Tracing, Cell Tracker
For Use With (Equipment)Fluorescence Microscope
Product TypeCalcein Blue, AM
Dye TypeOther Label(s) or Dye(s)
Emission449 nm
Quantity1 mg
Reagent TypeCell Tracker Compounds, Cell Labeling Reagents
Shipping ConditionRoom Temperature
Target EnzymeEsterase
Excitation/Emission322/437 nm
Molecular Weight (g/mol)465.41
Unit SizeEach
C34852Full specifications
Each Calcein Green, AM20 x 50 μg
-
Cell PermeabilityCell-permeant
For Use With (Application)Cell Tracing, Cell Tracker
For Use With (Equipment)Fluorescence Microscope
Product TypeCalcein Green, AM
Dye TypeOther Label(s) or Dye(s)
Emission495 nm
Excitation Wavelength Range515 nm
FormatSpecial packaging
Product LineCellTrace™
Quantity20 x 50 μg
Reagent TypeCell Tracker Compounds, Cell Labeling Reagents
Shipping ConditionRoom Temperature
Target EnzymeEsterase
Unit SizeEach
C481Full specifications
100 mgCalcein, high purity100 mg
-
Cell PermeabilityCell-impermeant
For Use With (Application)Cell Tracing, Cell Tracker
For Use With (Equipment)Fluorescence Microscope
Product TypeCalcein, high purity
Dye TypeOther Label(s) or Dye(s)
Emission517 nm
Excitation Wavelength Range494 nm
Quantity100 mg
Reagent TypeCell Tracker Compounds, Cell Labeling Reagents
Shipping ConditionRoom Temperature
Unit Size100 mg
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Cell vitality as measured by intracellular esterase activity is a recognized parameter of cell health. Live cells are distinguished by the presence of ubiquitous intracellular esterase activity, determined by the enzymatic conversion of the virtually non-fluorescent cell permeant Calcein AM to the intensely fluorescent Calcein Green (ex/em 494/517 nm) or Calcein Blue (ex/em 360/449 nm). Apoptotic and dead cells with compromised membranes do not retain Calcein.

The acetoxymethyl (AM) ester derivatives of fluorescent indicators make up one of the most useful groups of compounds for the study of live cells. Once inside the cell, the lipophilic blocking groups are cleaved by nonspecific esterases, resulting in a charged form that is retained in cells to a much greater extent than its parent compound.

In addition to cell viability assays, Calcein AM is also used to study cell migration, cell adhesion, and cellular uptake processes. Its fluorescence properties make it a versatile tool for various applications in cell biology research.

Application of the non-AM Calcein cell-impermeant dye:

Calcein, AM requires esterase cleavage of the acetoxymethyl (AM) ester to become fluorescent. Liposomes don't have esterases unless specifically constructed to include the enzyme. The water-soluble, non-AM form of Calcein (Cat. No. C481), does not require esterase cleavage to be fluorescent.

This versatile green fluorophore is cell impermeant and is commonly used for cell tracing and in studies of endocytosis and gap junctions.

Features of Calcein AM cell-permeant dye:

  • Cell-permeant—Calcein AM is cell-permeant, meaning it can pass through the cell membrane and enter live cells. This property allows researchers to label and visualize intracellular structures and processes.
  • Non-toxic—Calcein AM is non-toxic to cells and does not significantly affect cell function or metabolism.
  • Esterase cleavage—Once inside the cell, the acetoxymethyl (AM) ester group of Calcein AM is cleaved by intracellular esterases, resulting in the formation of Calcein. This cleavage process activates the fluorescence of Calcein, allowing for easy detection and visualization.
  • Uniform distribution—Upon entering live cells, Calcein AM distributes uniformly throughout the cytoplasm and nucleus. This even distribution allows for accurate assessment and visualization of cellular processes.
  • Stability—Calcein AM is relatively stable within cells and can be used for long-term imaging experiments without significant photobleaching.
  • Fluorogenic—Calcein AM is a non-fluorescent compound, but once inside the cell, it is cleaved by intracellular esterases, resulting in the formation of fluorescent Calcein.
  • Bright and Stable Fluorescence—Calcein exhibits bright green or blue fluorescence when it binds to intracellular free calcium ions or other targets. The resulting fluorescence is stable, allowing for long-term imaging and analysis.

Application of the Calcein AM cell-permeant dye:

Calcein AM can be used in various applications, including cell viability assays, cell migration and invasion studies, intracellular calcium imaging, cell labeling and tracing, and fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry.

  • Cell viability—Calcein AM is frequently used to assess cell viability and cytotoxicity. Live cells with intact cell membranes can take up Calcein AM, which is then cleaved by intracellular esterases to produce fluorescent Calcein. The fluorescence intensity of Calcein can be measured to determine cell viability.
  • Cell migration—Calcein AM can be used to track and visualize cell migration. By labeling cells with Calcein AM, their movement and migration can be monitored over time using fluorescence microscopy. This is particularly useful in studying processes such as wound healing, metastasis, and cell trafficking.
  • Cell adhesion—Calcein AM can be used to study cell adhesion and cell-substrate interactions. By labeling cells with Calcein AM and culturing them on various substrates, the adhesion properties of cells can be assessed. Changes in fluorescence intensity can indicate differences in cell adhesion.
  • Cellular uptake—Calcein AM can be used to investigate cellular uptake processes. By labeling molecules or nanoparticles with Calcein AM, their uptake by cells can be tracked and analyzed. This is valuable in studying drug delivery mechanisms and understanding cellular uptake pathways.
  • Intracellular pH measurements—Calcein AM has been used as a pH-sensitive dye to measure changes in intracellular pH. The fluorescence properties of Calcein can be modulated by pH, allowing researchers to monitor pH changes within cells.
For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

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