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Calcein UltraGreen™ AM

Fluorescence images of HeLa cells stained with Calcein UltraGreen™ AM (upper row) or Calcein AM (lower row) in a Costar black wall/clear bottom 96-well plate. After washing, growth media were added back, and the cells were monitored using a microscope with FITC filter for up to 24 hours.
Fluorescence images of HeLa cells stained with Calcein UltraGreen™ AM (upper row) or Calcein AM (lower row) in a Costar black wall/clear bottom 96-well plate. After washing, growth media were added back, and the cells were monitored using a microscope with FITC filter for up to 24 hours.
Images of Live HeLa cells stained with Calcein UltraGreen™, AM (Cat.21905). Cell nuclei were stained with Hoechst 33342 (Blue, Cat#17535).
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Physical properties
Molecular weight607.47
SolventDMSO
Spectral properties
Excitation (nm)492
Emission (nm)514
Storage, safety and handling
H-phraseH303, H313, H333
Hazard symbolXN
Intended useResearch Use Only (RUO)
R-phraseR20, R21, R22
StorageFreeze (< -15 °C); Minimize light exposure
UNSPSC12352200

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Molecular weight
607.47
Excitation (nm)
492
Emission (nm)
514
Calcein UltraGreen™ AM readily passes through the cell membrane of viable cells. Upon transporting into live cells cellular esterases cut off the AM groups, the molecule gets trapped inside cells. Compared with Calcein AM, Calcein UltraGreen™ is more suitable fluorescent probe for staining viable cells because of its lower cytotoxicity and longer retention in cells. UltraGreen™ AM does not significantly affect cellular functions such as proliferation or chemotaxis of lymophocyte.

Platform


Flow cytometer

Excitation488 nm laser
Emission530/30 nm filter
Instrument specification(s)FITC channel

Fluorescence microscope

ExcitationFITC filter set
EmissionFITC filter set
Recommended plateBlack wall/clear bottom

Fluorescence microplate reader

Excitation490
Emission525
Cutoff515
Recommended plateBlack wall/clear bottom
Instrument specification(s)Bottom read mode

Example protocol


PREPARATION OF STOCK SOLUTIONS

Unless otherwise noted, all unused stock solutions should be divided into single-use aliquots and stored at -20 °C after preparation. Avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles.

Calcein UltraGreen™ AM Stock Solution
Prepare a 2 to 5 mM stock solution of Calcein UltraGreen™ AM in high-quality, anhydrous DMSO.
Note     The nonionic detergent Pluronic® F-127 can be used to increase the aqueous solubility of AM esters. In the staining buffer, the final Pluronic® F-127 concentration should be approximately 0.02%. A variety of Pluronic® F-127 products can be purchased from AAT Bioquest. Avoid long-term storage of AM esters in the presence of Pluronic® F-127.

PREPARATION OF WORKING SOLUTION

Calcein UltraGreen™ AM Working Solution
Prepare a Calcein UltraGreen™ AM working solution of 1 to 10 µM in the buffer of your choice (e.g., Hanks and Hepes buffer). For most cell lines, Calcein UltraGreen™ AM at the final concentration of 4 to 5 µM is recommended. The exact concentration of indicators required for cell loading must be determined empirically.
Note     If your cells contain organic anion-transporters, probenecid (1–2.5 mM) or sulfinpyrazone (0.1–0.25 mM) may be added to the working solution to reduce leakage of the de-esterified indicators.

SAMPLE EXPERIMENTAL PROTOCOL

  1. Prepare cells for imaging.
  2. Remove the cell culture medium and wash cells once with serum-free buffer to remove any remaining media.
    Note     Serum in cell culture media may contain esterase activity, which can increase background interference.
  3. Add Calcein UltraGreen™ AM working solution to the culture.
  4. Incubate cells at 37 °C for 30 to 60 minutes.
  5. Replace the dye working solution with HHBS or buffer of your choice (containing an anion transporter inhibitor, such as 1 mM probenecid, if applicable) to remove any excess probes.
  6. Measure the fluorescence intensity using either a fluorescence microscope equipped with a FITC filter set, a flow cytometer equipped with a blue laser and a 530/30 nm filter (FITC channel), or a fluorescence plate reader at Ex/Em = 490/525 nm cutoff 515 nm. 

Calculators


Common stock solution preparation

Table 1. Volume of DMSO needed to reconstitute specific mass of Calcein UltraGreen™ AM to given concentration. Note that volume is only for preparing stock solution. Refer to sample experimental protocol for appropriate experimental/physiological buffers.

0.1 mg0.5 mg1 mg5 mg10 mg
1 mM164.617 µL823.086 µL1.646 mL8.231 mL16.462 mL
5 mM32.923 µL164.617 µL329.234 µL1.646 mL3.292 mL
10 mM16.462 µL82.309 µL164.617 µL823.086 µL1.646 mL

Molarity calculator

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Spectrum


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Spectral properties

Excitation (nm)492
Emission (nm)514

Citations


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