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DAPI [4,6-Diamidino-2-phenylindole, dihydrochloride] *CAS 28718-90-3*

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Physical properties
Molecular weight350.25
Spectral properties
Extinction coefficient (cm -1 M -1)27000
Excitation (nm)359
Emission (nm)457
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H-phraseH303, H313, H340
Hazard symbolT
Intended useResearch Use Only (RUO)
R-phraseR20, R21, R68
StorageFreeze (< -15 °C); Minimize light exposure


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DAPI is a fluorescent stain that binds strongly to DNA. It is used extensively in fluorescence microscopy. Since DAPI passes through an intact cell membrane, it can be used to stain live cells besides fixed cells. For fluorescence microscopy, DAPI is excited with ultraviolet light. When bound to double-stranded DNA its absorption maximum is at 358 nm and its emission maximum is at 461 nm. One drawback of DAPI is that its emission is fairly broad. DAPI also binds to RNA although it is not as strongly fluorescent as it binds to DNA. Its emission shifts to around 500 nm when bound to RNA. DAPI's blue emission is convenient for multiplexing assays since there is very little fluorescence overlap between DAPI and green-fluorescent molecules like fluorescein and green fluorescent protein (GFP), or red-fluorescent stains like Texas Red. Besides labeling cell nuclei, DAPI is also used for the detection of mycoplasma or virus DNA in cell cultures.


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Table 1. Volume of Water needed to reconstitute specific mass of DAPI [4,6-Diamidino-2-phenylindole, dihydrochloride] *CAS 28718-90-3* 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 mM285.51 µL1.428 mL2.855 mL14.276 mL28.551 mL
5 mM57.102 µL285.51 µL571.021 µL2.855 mL5.71 mL
10 mM28.551 µL142.755 µL285.51 µL1.428 mL2.855 mL

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Spectral properties

Extinction coefficient (cm -1 M -1)27000
Excitation (nm)359
Emission (nm)457



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