Catalog number: R0402

Thermo Scientific™  Related applications: Transformation

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Thermo Scientific X-Gal (5-bromo-4-chloro-3-indolyl-beta-D-galacto-pyranoside) is an inert chromogenic substrate for beta-galactosidase which hydrolyzes X-Gal into colorless galactose and 4-chloro-3-brom-indigo, forming an intense blue precipitate. Induction of the lacZ gene with IPTG leads to the hydrolysis of X-Gal and to the development of blue colonies (see Supporting data).


• Blue/white colony screening to distinguish recombinant (white) from non-recombinant (blue) colonies (see Reference 1)
• Visualization of beta-galactosidase reporter gene expression in transfected eukaryotic cells
• Detection of beta-galactosidase activity in immunological and histochemical procedures

• Preparation of a 20 mg/mL stock solution in dimethylformamide (DMF) or dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) is recommended for X-Gal. DMF dissolves some plastic materials. The direct addition of DMF containing solution to plastic Petri dishes should be avoided.
• DMF is toxic. Allow X-Gal solution containing dimethylformamide to completely dry before plating bacteria on agar plates.

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X-Gal Solution, ready-to-use
For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.


Substrate: X-Gal
Product Size: 2 x 1 g
Substrate Type: Beta-Gal Substrate
Detection Method: Colorimetric
Substrate Properties: Chemical Substrate


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