SpectraViewer image of Brilliant Violet 786 dye

Brilliant Violet™ dyes, including Brilliant Violet™ 786 (BV786), are a polymer dye-based technology and compatible with both spectral flow cytometry, as well as traditional flow cytometry. The violet laser has unique channels far from heavily occupied detectors allowing for larger panels.

BV786 is a tandem dye excited by the 405 nm violet laser and emits at 786 nm. This dye has a medium relative brightness and can be used for cell surface, intracellular, and nuclear staining.

When using two or more Super Bright, Brilliant Violet™, Brilliant Ultra Violet™, or other polymer dye- conjugated antibodies in a staining panel, we recommend that you use Super Bright Complete Staining Buffer (Cat. No. SB-4401-42) or Brilliant Stain Buffer (Cat. No. 00-4409-42) to minimize any non- specific polymer interactions.

BV786 dye dashboard

Initial brightness

The violet laser-excitable BV786 dye is optimized for use both cell surface and intracellular flow applications. Can be used for spectral flow cytometry applications. 

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BV786 dye products

We offer BV711 dye conjugated to primary antibodies for use in flow cytometry.

Antibody conjugates

Brilliant Stain Buffer
Super Bright Staining Buffer

Experimental data using BV786 dye products

Figure 1. Excitation and emission of Brilliant Violet™ 786 dye (BV786).

Figure 2. Spectral signature of BV786 dye. Data acquired on a 5-laser Cytek Aurora and normal human peripheral blood cells stained with clone RPA-T8 (hCD8) conjugated to BV786 dye (Cat. No. 417-0088-42) were used for analysis.

Dot plot of Ki-67 BV786 vs CD45R (B220) FITC in unstimulated and stimulated cells

Figure 3. C57BL/6 mouse splenocytes were unstimulated (left) or stimulated for 48 hours with CD3e Monoclonal Antibody, Functional Grade (Cat. No. 16-0031-85) (right). Cells were then stained intracellularly, using the Foxp3/Transcription Factor Staining Buffer Set (Cat. No. 00-5523-00) and protocol, with CD45R (B220) Monoclonal Antibody, FITC (Cat. No. 11-0452-82) and 1.0 µg of Ki-67 Monoclonal Antibody, Brilliant Violet™ 786 dye (Cat. No. 417-5698-82). Viable cells in the lymphocyte gate were used for analysis, as determined by LIVE/DEAD™ Fixable Blue Dead Cell Stain Kit (Cat. No. L34962).

Dot plot of samples stained with IgG2a control vs CD4-FITC and CD8a-BV786 vs CD4-FITC

Figure 4. C57BL/6 mouse splenocytes were stained with CD4 Monoclonal Antibody, FITC (Cat. No. 11-0042-82) and 0.25 µg of Rat IgG2a kappa Isotype Control, Brilliant Violet™ 786 dye (Cat. No. 417-4321-81) (left) or 0.25 µg of CD8a Monoclonal Antibody, Brilliant Violet™ 786 dye (Cat. No. 417-0081-82) (right). Viable cells in the lymphocyte gate were used for analysis, as determined by 7-AAD (Cat. No. 00-6993-50).

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