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CellTrace™ Calcein Violet, AM, for 405 nm excitation - Special Packaging (Invitrogen™)

CellTrace™ calcein violet AM is an optimal dye for distinguishing live cells through the presence of ubiquitous intracellular esterase activity. The enzymatic conversion of the virtually non-fluorescent cell-permeant calcein violet AM to the intensely fluorescent calcein violet (ex/em 400/452 nm) can be easily detected with the violet laser, allowing other laser lines to be used for conventional fluorochromes.

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CellVue™ Plum Cell Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

CellVue™ dyes are lipophilic dyes that can be used to label the cell membrane for the purpose of identifying and tracking labeled cells. Cell labeling is rapid and stable and can be combined with fluorescently labeled antibodies and other markers of cellular function for flow cytometric analysis and fluorescent microscopy. The Mini CellVue™ Kits are supplied with one vial of dye stock (1 mM in ethanol) and one vial of labeling vehicle (Diluent C).

CellVue™ Plum is a far-red fluorescent cell labeling reagent. It is optimally excited at 652 nm and has a peak emission of 671 nm, however, it can be detected equally in filter sets designed for APC, Alexa Fluor™ 700, and APC-eFluor™ 780 or similar fluorochromes. Therefore, it is not recommended to use antibodies conjugated to these fluorochromes when using CellVue™ Plum.

Reported Application
Flow Cytometric Analysis, Microscopy, Immunocytochemistry, Cell Labeling

OPP (O-propargyl-puromycin) (Invitrogen™)

OPP (O-propargyl-puromycin) is an alkyne analog of puromycin that is efficiently incorporated into newly translated proteins in complete methionine-containing media. When used with Click-iT® Plus OPP Alexa Fluor® Protein Synthesis assays or Alexa Fluor® Picolyl Azide toolkits, OPP provides a fast, sensitive, and non-radioactive method for the detection of protein synthesis using fluorescence microscopy, high-content imaging, or flow cytometry.

CellVue™ Burgundy Cell Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

CellVue™ dyes are lipophilic dyes that can be used to label the cell membrane for the purpose of identifying and tracking labeled cells. Cell labeling is rapid and stable and can be combined with fluorescently labeled antibodies and other markers of cellular function for flow cytometric analysis and fluorescent microscopy. The Mini CellVue™ Kits are supplied with one vial of dye stock (1 mM in ethanol) and one vial of labeling vehicle (Diluent C).

CellVue™ Burgundy is a far-red/near-infrared fluorescent cell labeling reagent. It is optimally excited at 683 nm and has a peak emission of 707 nm. CellVue™ Burgundy can be excited by the red laser line (633 nm), however, it can be detected equally in filter sets designed for Alexa Fluor™ 700 and APC-eFluor™ 780 or similar fluorochromes. Therefore, it is not recommended to use antibodies conjugated to these fluorochromes when using CellVue™ Burgundy. CellVue™ Burgundy can be used in combination with APC.

Reported Application
Flow Cytometric Analysis, Microscopy, Immunocytochemistry, Cell Labeling

Vybrant™ CFDA SE Cell Tracer Kit (Invitrogen™)

Vybrant® CFDA SE Cell Tracer Kit is used in fluorescent analyses as a long-term tracer of cells. This method is commonly used for in vitro and in vivo labeling of cells to determine whether or not a cell is proliferating.

• Superior performance—allows for bright, uniform staining of cells
• Long-term retention—dye is well-retained in cells for several days post stain
• Non-toxic—minimal cytotoxicity for in vivo and in vitro assays
• Simple, robust staining protocol

Superior Fluorescent Staining
Successful tracing of cells requires an extremely bright dye to distinguish fluorescently labeled cells from auto-fluorescence. The intense fluorescent staining provided by Vybrant® CFDA SE Cell Tracer Kit enables the visualization of labeled cells for several days post stain, making it an ideal stain for cell tracing studies based on dye dilution.

Long-Term Signal Retention
Vybrant® CFDA SE dye easily crosses the plasma membrane and covalently binds inside cells where the stable, well-retained fluorescent dye is designed to provide a consistent signal, even after several days in a cell culture environment.

Non-Toxic
Vybrant® CFDA SE dye binds covalently to all free amines on the surface and inside of cells and shows little cytotoxicity, with minimal observed effect on the proliferative ability or biology of cells. Researchers have used CFDA SE labeling to show that transplantable hematopoietic cells proliferate in vitro in response to stimulation by a growth factor cocktail.

Simple, Robust Staining Protocol
The Vybrant® CFDA SE Cell Tracer Kit contains convenient single-use vials of dry dye to permit small-scale experiments without preparing excess quantities of dye, thereby extending the shelf life of the dye not dissolved in solution. A stock solution is prepared by dissolving the contents of a vial in anhydrous DMSO prior to use. To stain 1 mL of cells in protein-free medium, 1 µl of this stock solution is typically used. Cells should be stained for 20 minutes at room temperature with gentle agitation. A brief wash with complete medium will then quench any dye remaining in solution.

Click-iT™ Plus OPP Alexa Fluor™ 488 Protein Synthesis Assay Kit (Invitrogen™)

The Click-iT® Plus OPP Alexa Fluor® 488 Protein Synthesis Assay Kit provides a fast, sensitive, and non-radioactive method for the detection of protein synthesis using fluorescence microscopy or high-content imaging. In this assay O-propargyl-puromycin (OPP) is efficiently incorporated into newly translated proteins in complete methionine-containing media and fluorescently labeled with a bright, photostable Alexa Fluor® dye in a fast, highly-specific, and mild click reaction.

Features of the kit include:

• No media change required—works in complete, methionine-containing media, no need to remove cell media
• Multiplex-enabled—Click-iT® Plus technology retains signal from GFP and binding of fluorescent-conjugated phalloidins
• Non-radioactive—an alternative to the traditional 35S-methionine methods
• Works in vivo—published results demonstrate use in vivo for determination of protein translation

The kit contains O-propargyl-puromycin (OPP), which is an alkyne analog of puromycin (also available separately), as well as Alexa Fluor® 488 picolyl azide and all necessary reagents to perform the Click reaction. The OPP is fed to cultured cells and incorporated into proteins during active protein synthesis. Addition of the Alexa Fluor® 488 picolyl azide and the Click reaction reagents leads to a chemoselective ligation, or "click" reaction, between the picolyl azide dye and the OPP alkyne, allowing the modified proteins to be detected by imaged-based analysis.

The click reaction uses bioorthogonal (biologically unique) moieties to fluorescently label proliferating cells, helping produce low backgrounds and high detection sensitivities. Because of the mild reaction conditions, Click-iT® Plus assays detect protein translation events while enabling the preservation of cell morphology, the binding of fluorescently-labeled phalloidin, and the fluorescent signal from GFP.

Unlike 35S-methionine, used in traditional methods, OPP is not an amino acid analog, so it can be added directly to cells in complete media or used to determine protein synthesis in vivo.

The kit contains all of the components needed to label and detect the incorporated OPP in newly translated proteins in samples of adherent cells. The kit includes sufficient reagents for the labeling of 25 18 mm × 18 mm coverslips using 1 mL of reaction buffer per test.

CellTracker™ Deep Red Dye (Invitrogen™)

CellTracker™ Deep Red is a fluorescent dye well suited for monitoring cell movement or location. After loading the cells, the dye is well retained, allowing for multigenerational tracking of cellular movements. The deep red excitation/emission spectra are ideal for multiplexing with green and red fluorescent dyes and proteins.

Need a different emission spectrum or longer tracking? View our other mammalian cell tracking products.

• Easy to use—remove medium, add dye, incubate 30 minutes, and image cells
• Fluorescent signal retention of >72 hours (typically three to six generations)
• Red excitation/emission spectra (630/650 nm maxima) ideal for multiplexing
• Low cytotoxicity—does not affect viability or proliferation

The CellTracker™ Deep Red fluorescent dye has been designed to freely pass through cell membranes into cells, where it is transformed into cell-impermeant reaction products. CellTracker™ Deep Red dye is retained in living cells through several generations. The dye is transferred to daughter cells but not adjacent cells in a population. CellTracker™ Deep Red dye is designed to display fluorescence for at least 72 hours, and the dye exhibits ideal tracking properties: it is stable, nontoxic at working concentrations, well retained in cells, and brightly fluorescent at physiological pH. Additionally, the excitation and emission spectra of CellTracker™ Deep Red dye are well separated from GFP (green fluorescent protein) and RFP (red fluorescent protein) spectra allowing for multiplexing.

CellTracker™ Orange CMRA Dye (Invitrogen™)

CellTracker™ Orange CMRA is a fluorescent dye well suited for monitoring cell movement or location. After loading into cells, the dye is well retained, allowing for multigenerational tracking of cellular movements. The orange excitation/emission spectra are ideal for multiplexing with green fluorescent dyes and proteins.

Need a different emission spectrum or longer tracking? View our other mammalian cell tracking products.

• Easy to use—remove medium, add dye, incubate 30 minutes, and image cells
• Fluorescent signal retention of >72 hours (typically three to six generations)
• Orange excitation/emission spectra (548/576 nm maxima) ideal for multiplexing
• Low cytotoxicity—does not affect viability or proliferation

CellTracker™ Orange CMRA fluorescent dye has been designed to freely pass through cell membranes into cells, where it is transformed into a cell-impermeant, fluorescent dye. CellTracker™ Orange CMRA dye is retained in living cells through several generations. The dye is transferred to daughter but not adjacent cells in a population. CellTracker™ Orange CMRA dye is designed to display fluorescence for at least 72 hours, and the dye exhibits ideal tracking properties: it is stable, nontoxic at working concentrations, well retained in cells, and brightly fluorescent at physiological pH. Additionally, the excitation and emission spectra of CellTracker™ Orange CMRA dye are well separated from GFP (green fluorescent protein) spectra allowing for multiplexing.

CellTracker™ Green CMFDA Dye (Invitrogen™)

CellTracker™ Green CMFDA (5-chloromethylfluorescein diacetate) is a fluorescent dye well suited for monitoring cell movement or location. This dye is well retained, allowing for multigenerational tracking of cellular movements. And the green excitation/emission spectra are ideal for multiplexing with red fluorescent dyes and proteins.

Need a different emission spectrum or longer tracking? View our other mammalian cell tracking products.

• Easy to use—remove medium, add dye, incubate 30 minutes, and image cells
• Fluorescent signal retention of >72 hours (typically three to six generations)
• Green excitation/emission spectra (492/517 nm maxima) ideal for multiplexing
• Low cytotoxicity—does not affect viability or proliferation

CellTracker™ Green CMFDA fluorescent dye has been designed to freely pass through cell membranes into cells, where it is transformed into cell membrane-impermeant reaction products. CellTracker™ Green CMFDA dye is retained in living cells through several generations. The dye is transferred to daughter cells, but not adjacent cells in a population. CellTracker™ Green CMFDA dye is designed to display fluorescence for at least 72 hours, and the dye exhibits ideal tracking properties: it is stable, nontoxic at working concentrations, well retained in cells, and brightly fluorescent at physiological pH. Additionally, the excitation and emission spectra of CellTracker™ Green CMFDA dye are well separated from RFP (red fluorescent protein) spectra allowing for multiplexing.

Molecular Probes® Cell Imaging Kit (Invitrogen™)

Fluorescence imaging protocols are sometimes complicated and tedious, with more time spent preparing samples and reagents than acquiring images and data. To help researchers focus more on biology and get results faster, we have developed a set of imaging reagents that emphasize user friendliness and workflow convenience.

The Molecular Probes® Cell Imaging Kit contains the following products:

NucBlue™ Live ReadyProbes™ Reagent (Cat. No. R37605)
NucRed™ Live 647 ReadyProbes™ Reagent (Cat. No. R37106)
ReadyProbes™ Cell Viability Imaging Kit, Blue/Green (Cat. No. R37609)
Goat Anti-Rabbit IgG (H+L) Secondary Antibody, Alexa Fluor™ 594 conjugate (Cat. No. R37117)
Goat Anti-Mouse lgG Secondary Antibody, Alexa Fluor™ 488 conjugate (Cat. No. R37120)
Image-iT™ FX Signal Enhancer ReadyProbes™ Reagent (Cat. No. R37107)

CellVue™ Lavender Cell Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

CellVue™ dyes are lipophilic dyes that can be used to label the cell membrane for the purpose of identifying and tracking labeled cells. Cell labeling is rapid and stable and can be combined with fluorescently labeled antibodies and other markers of cellular function for flow cytometric analysis and fluorescent microscopy. Mini CellVue™ Kits are supplied with one vial of dye stock (1 mM in ethanol) and one vial of labeling vehicle (Diluent C).

CellVue™ Lavender is a violet fluorescent cell labeling reagent. It is optimally excited at 420 nm and has a peak emission of 461 nm. CellVue™ Lavender is compatible with most multi-color flow cytometric applications; however, due to similar emission properties it cannot be used in combination with eFluor™ 450 or Pacific Blue™ reagents.

Reported Application
Flow Cytometric Analysis, Microscopy, Immunocytochemistry, Cell Labeling

CellTracker™ Violet BMQC Dye (Invitrogen™)

CellTracker™ Violet BMQC is a fluorescent dye well suited for monitoring cell movement or location. After loading into cells, the dye is well retained, allowing for multigenerational tracking of cellular movements. The violet excitation/emission spectra are ideal for multiplexing with green and red fluorescent dyes and proteins.

Need a different emission spectrum or longer tracking? View our other mammalian cell tracking products.

• Easy to use—remove medium, add dye, incubate 30 minutes, and image cells
• Fluorescent signal retention of >72 hours (typically three to six generations)
• Violet excitation/emission spectra (415/516 nm maxima) ideal for multiplexing
• Low cytotoxicity—does not affect viability or proliferation

The CellTracker™ Violet BMQC fluorescent dye has been designed to freely pass through cell membranes into cells, where it is is transformed into cell-impermeant reaction products. CellTracker™ Violet BMQC dye is retained in living cells through several generations. The dye is transferred to daughter cells but not adjacent cells in a population. CellTracker™ Violet BMQC dye is designed to display fluorescence for at least 72 hours, and the dye exhibits ideal tracking properties: it is stable, nontoxic at working concentrations, well retained in cells, and brightly fluorescent at physiological pH. Additionally, the excitation and emission spectra of CellTracker™ Violet BMQC dye are well separated from GFP (green fluorescent protein) and RFP (red fluorescent protein) spectra allowing for multiplexing.

Click-iT™ Plus OPP Alexa Fluor™ 594 Protein Synthesis Assay Kit (Invitrogen™)

The Click-iT® Plus OPP Alexa Fluor® 594 Protein Synthesis Assay Kit provides a fast, sensitive, and non-radioactive method for the detection of protein synthesis using fluorescence microscopy or high-content imaging. In this assay O-propargyl-puromycin (OPP) is efficiently incorporated into newly translated proteins in complete methionine-containing media and fluorescently labeled with a bright, photostable Alexa Fluor® dye in a fast, highly-specific, and mild click reaction.

Features of the kit include:

• No media change required—works in complete, methionine-containing media, no need to remove cell media
• Multiplex-enabled—Click-iT® Plus technology retains signal from GFP and binding of fluorescent-conjugated phalloidins
• Non-radioactive—an alternative to the traditional 35S-methionine methods
• Works in vivo—published results demonstrate use in vivo for determination of protein translation

The kit contains O-propargyl-puromycin (OPP), which is an alkyne analog of puromycin (also available separately), as well as Alexa Fluor® 594 picolyl azide and all necessary reagents to perform the Click reaction. The OPP is fed to cultured cells and incorporated into proteins during active protein synthesis. Addition of the Alexa Fluor® 594 picolyl azide and the Click reaction reagents leads to a chemoselective ligation, or "click" reaction, between the picolyl azide dye and the OPP alkyne, allowing the modified proteins to be detected by imaged-based analysis.

The click reaction uses bioorthogonal (biologically unique) moieties to fluorescently label proliferating cells, helping to produce low backgrounds and high detection sensitivities. Because of the mild reaction conditions, Click-iT® Plus assays detect protein translation events while enabling preservation of cell morphology, the binding of fluorescently-labeled phalloidin, and the fluorescent signal from GFP.

Unlike 35S-methionine, used in traditional methods, OPP is not an amino acid analog, so it can be added directly to cells in complete media or used to determine protein synthesis in vivo.

The kit contains all of the components needed to label and detect the incorporated OPP in newly translated proteins in samples of adherent cells. The kit includes sufficient reagents for the labeling of 25 18 mm × 18 mm coverslips using 1 mL of reaction buffer per test.

CellTracker™ Blue CMHC Dye (Invitrogen™)

CellTracker™ Blue CMHC (4-chloromethyl-7-hydroxycoumarin) is a fluorescent dye well suited for monitoring cell movement or location. This dye is well retained, allowing for multigenerational tracking of cellular movements. And the blue excitation/emission spectra are ideal for multiplexing with green and red fluorescent dyes and proteins.

Need a different emission spectrum or longer tracking? View our other mammalian cell tracking products.

• Easy to use—remove medium, add dye, incubate 30 minutes, and image cells
• Fluorescent signal retention of >72 hours (typically three to six generations)
• Blue excitation/emission spectra (372/470 nm maxima) ideal for multiplexing
• Low cytotoxicity—does not affect viability or proliferation

CellTracker™ Blue CMHC fluorescent dye has been designed to freely pass through cell membranes into cells, where it is transformed into cell membrane-impermeant reaction products. CellTracker™ Blue CMHC dye is retained in living cells through several generations. The dye is transferred to daughter cells, but not adjacent cells in a population. CellTracker™ Blue CMHC dye is designed to display fluorescence for at least 72 hours, and the dye exhibits ideal tracking properties: it is stable, nontoxic at working concentrations, well retained in cells, and brightly fluorescent at physiological pH. Additionally, the excitation and emission spectra of CellTracker™ Blue CMHC dye are well separated from GFP (green fluorescent protein) and RFP (red fluorescent protein) spectra allowing for multiplexing.

CellTracker™ Green BODIPY™ Dye (Invitrogen™)

CellTracker™ Green BODIPY® (8-chloromethyl-4,4-difluoro-1,3,5,7-tetramethyl-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-S-indacene) is a fluorescent dye well suited for monitoring cell movement or location. This dye is well retained, allowing for multigenerational tracking of cellular movements. And the green excitation/emission spectra are ideal for multiplexing with red fluorescent dyes and proteins.

Need a different emission spectrum or longer tracking? View our other mammalian cell tracking products.

• Easy to use—remove medium, add dye, incubate 30 minutes, and image cells
• Fluorescent signal retention of >72 hours (typically three to six generations)
• Green excitation/emission spectra (522/529 nm maxima) ideal for multiplexing
• Low cytotoxicity—does not affect viability or proliferation

CellTracker™ Green BODIPY® fluorescent dye has been designed to freely pass through cell membranes into cells, where it is transformed into cell membrane-impermeant reaction products. CellTracker™ Green BODIPY® dye is retained in living cells through several generations. The dye is transferred to daughter cells, but not adjacent cells in a population. CellTracker™ Green BODIPY® dye is designed to display fluorescence for at least 72 hours, and the dye exhibits ideal tracking properties: it is stable, nontoxic at working concentrations, well retained in cells, and brightly fluorescent at physiological pH. Additionally, the excitation and emission spectra of CellTracker™ Green BODIPY® dye are well separated from RFP (red fluorescent protein) spectra allowing for multiplexing.