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Cy3B Tetrazine

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Physical properties
Molecular weight729.86
Spectral properties
Correction Factor (260 nm)0.048
Correction Factor (280 nm)0.069
Extinction coefficient (cm -1 M -1)1200001
Excitation (nm)560
Emission (nm)571
Quantum yield0.581
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
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iFluor® 555 Tetrazine


See also: Cyanines
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Correction Factor (260 nm)
Correction Factor (280 nm)
Extinction coefficient (cm -1 M -1)
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Cy3® dye is one of the most common cyanine dyes used for labeling proteins, nucleic acids and other biological molecules. A variety of Cy3® dyes has been used to label biological molecules for fluorescence imaging and other fluorescence-based biochemical analysis. They are widely used for labeling peptides, proteins and oligos etc. However, Cy3 suffers low fluorescence intensity. It is the least fluorescent dyes among all the Cy dyes. Cy3B is an improved version of Cy3 dyes with significantly increased fluorescence quantum yield and photostability. Cy3B tetrazine can be used for conjugations with TCO-containing biological molecules under copper-free conditions. Compared to the other click reactions, the TCO-tetrazine reaction gives much higher yields under mild reaction conditions. Cy3® is the trademark of GE Healthcare.


Common stock solution preparation

Table 1. Volume of DMSO needed to reconstitute specific mass of Cy3B Tetrazine 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 mM137.013 µL685.063 µL1.37 mL6.851 mL13.701 mL
5 mM27.403 µL137.013 µL274.025 µL1.37 mL2.74 mL
10 mM13.701 µL68.506 µL137.013 µL685.063 µL1.37 mL

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Spectral properties

Correction Factor (260 nm)0.048
Correction Factor (280 nm)0.069
Extinction coefficient (cm -1 M -1)1200001
Excitation (nm)560
Emission (nm)571
Quantum yield0.581

Product Family

NameExcitation (nm)Emission (nm)Extinction coefficient (cm -1 M -1)Quantum yieldCorrection Factor (260 nm)Correction Factor (280 nm)
Cy3 tetrazine55556915000010.1510.070.073
Cy3B acid56057112000010.5810.0480.069
Cy3B maleimide56057112000010.5810.0480.069
Cy3B azide56057112000010.5810.0480.069
Cy3B alkyne56057112000010.5810.0480.069
Cy3B DBCO56057112000010.5810.0480.069
Cy3B TCO56057112000010.5810.0480.069
Cy5 tetrazine65167025000010.271, 0.420.020.03
XFD488 tetrazine *Same Structure to Alexa Fluor™ 488 tetrazine*499520710000.9210.300.11
Cy7 tetrazine7567792500000.30.050.036
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Homogeneous fluorescence anisotropy-based assay for characterization of ligand binding dynamics to GPCRs in budded baculoviruses: the case of Cy3B-NDP-α-MSH binding to MC4 receptors.
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