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CellTrace™ Calcein Green, AM - Special Packaging (Invitrogen™)

CellTrace calcein green AM is a cell-permeant dye that can be used to determine cell viability in most eukaryotic cells. In live cells the nonfluorescent CellTrace calcein green AM is converted to a green-fluorescent calcein after intracellular esterases remove the acetoxymethyl (AM) esters. This dye is also available as 1 mg of the solid (C-1430) and resuspended in DMSO (C-3099). For a longer wavelength version of this dye, check out our CellTrace calcein red-orange AM (C-34851).

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™ Orange CMTMR Dye (Invitrogen™)

CellTracker™ Orange CMTMR (5-(and-6)-(((4-chloromethyl)benzoyl)amino)tetramethylrhodamine) (mixed isomers) 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 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 (541/565 nm maxima) ideal for multiplexing
• Low cytotoxicity—does not affect viability or proliferation

CellTracker™ Orange CMTMR fluorescent dye has been designed to freely pass through cell membranes into cells, where it is transformed into cell membrane-impermeant reaction products. CellTracker™ Orange CMTMR dye is retained in living cells through several generations. The dye is transferred to daughter cells, but not adjacent cells in a population. CellTracker™ Orange CMTMR 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 CMTMR dye are well separated from GFP (green fluorescent protein) and 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.

CellTrace™ BODIPY™ TR Methyl Ester (Lipophilic Counterstain For GFP) (Invitrogen™)

The red-fluorescent CellTrace™ BODIPY® TR methyl ester is an excellent counterstain for cells and tissues that are expressing GFP. CellTrace™ BODIPY® TR methyl ester readily permeates cell membranes and selectively stains mitochondria and endomembranous organelles such as endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus, but does not appear to localize in the plasma membrane. CellTrace™ BODIPY® TR methyl ester staining is retained after paraformaldehyde fixation.

Qtracker™ 565 Cell Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

The reagents in the Qtracker® 565 Cell Labeling Kit use a custom targeting peptide to deliver yellow-green-fluorescent Qdot® 565 nanocrystals into the cytoplasm of live cells. Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits are designed for loading cells grown in culture with highly fluorescent Qdot® nanocrystals. Once inside the cells, Qtracker® labels provide intense, stable fluorescence that can be traced through several generations, and are not transferred to adjacent cells in a population.

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

Key Attributes:

Qtracker® 565 label has Ex/Em (405-525/565) nm
Designed for loading cells grown in culture with highly fluorescent Qdot® nanocrystals
Provide intense, stable fluorescence that can be traced through several generations
Available in eight colors—525 nm, 565 nm, 585 nm, 605 nm, 625 nm, 655 nm, 705 nm, or 800 nm emission
Excellent tools for long-term tracking or imaging studies of live cells, including migration, motility, morphology, and other cell function assays

The Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits use a custom targeting peptide to deliver Qdot® nanocrystals into the cytoplasm of live cells. Cytoplasmic delivery by this mechanism is not mediated by a specific enzyme; therefore, no cell-type specificity has been observed. Delivery is typically accomplished in less than 1 hour.

Qdot® nanocrystals delivered by the Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits are compatible with serum-sensitive cells; intense fluorescence is maintained in complex cellular environments and under various biological conditions including changes in intracellular pH, temperature, and metabolic activity. Furthermore, autofluorescence commonly observed in cells or tissues can be avoided using Qtracker® 655, 705, or 800 Kits.

Long-Lasting, Targeted Signal
Using Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits, you can observe labeled cells using extensive continuous illumination, without the photobleaching and degradation problems often associated with organic dyes. Qtracker® labels are distributed in vesicles in the cytoplasm, and are inherited by daughter cells for at least six generations. Fluorescence from the Qtracker® labels can be seen up to a week after delivery in some cell lines. Long-term cellular retention makes Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits ideal for studying cell motility, migration, differentiation, morphology, and many other cellular function studies. Qtracker® labels do not leak out of intact cells to be taken up by adjacent cells in the population.

Monitor the Signal on Multiple Platforms
Qtracker® reagent-labeled live cells can be easily monitored on a variety of platforms, including flow cytometry, fluorescence/confocal microscopy, fluorescence microplate readers, and high-content imaging systems.

Minimal Impact on Live Cells
The cytotoxicity of the materials use in Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits has been tested in a variety of cell lines including CHO, HeLa, U-118, 3T3, HUVEC, and Jurkat cells. Labeling with Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits appears to exert minimal impact on cellular surface marker expression, cell proliferation, cellular enzyme activity, and cell motility.

Useful in a Variety of Cell Tracing Studies
Post-labeling, researchers have demonstrated a wide variety of applications for Qtracker® labeled cells, including cell co-culture and cell assembly into heterotypic assemblies, multilineage differentiation, trans-differentiation versus cell fusion, embryonic and mesenchymal stem cell tracking, and cell migration dynamics.

Click-iT™ SDP Ester sDIBO Alkyne (Invitrogen™)

Click-iT SDP Ester sDIBO Alkyne reacts with azides via a copper-free Click chemistry reaction to produce SDP Ester (amine-reactive) bioconjugates. sDIBO alkynes are improved versions of our original DIBO cyclooctynes, yielding conjugates that are less “sticky” and give lower signal background in biological samples. Copper-free Click bio-conjugation reactions are ideal for surface labeling of live cells and also minimize damage to enzymes and fluorescent proteins like GFP or R-PE. Macromolecules that have been azide-modified enzymatically, chemically, or metabolically can be now be labeled easily, yielding more soluble bioconjugates with improved biological labeling utility.

• More soluble than DIBO cyclooctynes leading to more soluble conjugates
• Minimal background potential in cells and tissues compared to original DIBO cycloctynes

CellVue™ Maroon 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™ Maroon is a far-red fluorescent cell labeling reagent. It is optimally excited at 647 nm and has a peak emission of 667 nm; however, it can be detected equally in filter sets designed for APC, Alexa Fluor™ 700, and APC-eFluor™ 780 or similar fluorochromes. Therefore, using antibodies conjugated to these fluorochromes in combination with using CellVue™ Maroon is not recommended.

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

Click-iT™ Alexa Fluor™ 647 sDIBO Alkyne (Invitrogen™)

Click-iT Alexa Fluor 647 sDIBO Alkyne reacts with azides via a copper-free Click chemistry reaction to produce fluorescent Alexa Fluor 647 bioconjugates. sDIBO alkynes are improved versions of our original DIBO cyclooctynes, yielding conjugates that are less “sticky” and give lower signal background in biological samples. Copper-free Click bio-conjugation reactions are ideal for surface labeling of live cells and also minimize damage to enzymes and fluorescent proteins like GFP or R-PE. Macromolecules that have been azide-modified enzymatically, chemically, or metabolically can be now be labeled easily, yielding more soluble bioconjugates with improved biological labeling utility.

• More soluble than DIBO cyclooctynes leading to more soluble conjugates
• Minimal background potential in cells and tissues compared to original DIBO cycloctynes

Learn more about Alexa Fluor dyes ›

CellTracker™ Blue CMAC Dye (Invitrogen™)

CellTracker™ Blue CMAC (7-amino-4-chloromethylcoumarin) 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 (353/466 nm maxima) ideal for multiplexing
• Low cytotoxicity—does not affect viability or proliferation

CellTracker™ Blue CMAC 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 CMAC 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 CMAC 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 CMAC dye are well separated from GFP (green fluorescent protein) and RFP (red fluorescent protein) spectra allowing for multiplexing.

CellVue™ NIR780 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); Midi CellVue™ Kits are supplied with two vials of dye stock (1 mM in ethanol) and six vials of Diluent C.

CellVue™ NIR780 is a near-infrared fluorescent cell labeling reagent. It can be excited off the red laser line (633 nm) and has a peak emission of 776 nm that can be detected in filter sets designed for APC-eFluor™ 780. CellVue™ NIR780 is compatible with most multi-color applications, however, due to similar emission properties it cannot be used in combination with APC-eFluor™ 780 or APC-Alexa Fluor™ 750 reagents.

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

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.

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.

Qtracker™ 800 Vascular Labels (Invitrogen™)

Qtracker® non-targeted quantum dots are designed to be injected into the tail vein of mice for the study of vascular structure using small animal in vivo imaging (SAIVI) techniques. These nanocrystals exhibit intense fluorescence with red-shifted emission for increased tissue penetration, and have a PEG surface coating specially developed to minimize nonspecific interactions and reduce immune response by the tissue. Because the PEG surface coating does not contain reactive functional groups, the Qtracker® non-targeted quantum dots are retained in circulation longer and can be imaged for up to 3 hours with a single injection or for longer periods of time with additional injections.

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

Key Attributes:

Qtracker® 800 label has Ex/Em (405-760/800) nm
Designed for small animal in vivo imaging
Introduced via tail vein injection, can be imaged for up to 3 hours after injection
Available in four colors—565 nm, 655 nm, 705 nm, or 800 nm emission

Read more about SAIVI and about applications for Qdot® nanocrystals.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for any animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

Qtracker™ 705 Cell Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

The reagents in the Qtracker® 705 Cell Labeling Kit use a custom targeting peptide to deliver near-infrared-fluorescent Qdot® 705 nanocrystals into the cytoplasm of live cells. Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits are designed for loading cells grown in culture with highly fluorescent Qdot® nanocrystals. Once inside the cells, Qtracker® labels provide intense, stable fluorescence that can be traced through several generations, and are not transferred to adjacent cells in a population.

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

Key Attributes:

Qtracker® 705 label has Ex/Em (405-665/705) nm
Designed for loading cells grown in culture with highly fluorescent Qdot® nanocrystals
Provide intense, stable fluorescence that can be traced through several generations
Available in eight colors—525 nm, 565 nm, 585 nm, 605 nm, 625 nm, 655 nm, 705 nm, or 800 nm emission
Excellent tools for long-term tracking or imaging studies of live cells, including migration, motility, morphology, and other cell function assays

The Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits use a custom targeting peptide to deliver Qdot® nanocrystals into the cytoplasm of live cells. Cytoplasmic delivery by this mechanism is not mediated by a specific enzyme; therefore, no cell-type specificity has been observed. Delivery is typically accomplished in less than 1 hour.

Qdot® nanocrystals delivered by the Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits are compatible with serum-sensitive cells; intense fluorescence is maintained in complex cellular environments and under various biological conditions including changes in intracellular pH, temperature, and metabolic activity. Furthermore, autofluorescence commonly observed in cells or tissues can be avoided using Qtracker® 655, 705, or 800 Kits.

Long-Lasting, Targeted Signal
Using Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits, you can observe labeled cells using extensive continuous illumination, without the photobleaching and degradation problems often associated with organic dyes. Qtracker® labels are distributed in vesicles in the cytoplasm, and are inherited by daughter cells for at least six generations. Fluorescence from the Qtracker® labels can be seen up to a week after delivery in some cell lines. Long-term cellular retention makes Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits ideal for studying cell motility, migration, differentiation, morphology, and many other cellular function studies. Qtracker® labels do not leak out of intact cells to be taken up by adjacent cells in the population.

Monitor the Signal on Multiple Platforms
Qtracker® reagent-labeled live cells can be easily monitored on a variety of platforms, including flow cytometry, fluorescence/confocal microscopy, fluorescence microplate readers, and high-content imaging systems.

Minimal Impact on Live Cells
The cytotoxicity of the materials use in Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits has been tested in a variety of cell lines including CHO, HeLa, U-118, 3T3, HUVEC, and Jurkat cells. Labeling with Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits appears to exert minimal impact on cellular surface marker expression, cell proliferation, cellular enzyme activity, and cell motility.

Useful in a Variety of Cell Tracing Studies
Post-labeling, researchers have demonstrated a wide variety of applications for Qtracker® labeled cells, including cell co-culture and cell assembly into heterotypic assemblies, multilineage differentiation, trans-differentiation versus cell fusion, embryonic and mesenchymal stem cell tracking, and cell migration dynamics.