|Molar mass||872.88 g·mol−1|
|Appearance||deep blue in aqueous solution|
|Melting point||> 300 °C (572 °F; 573 K)|
|<0.1 mg/mL in water |
|Solubility||20 mg/mL in methyl Cellosolve, and 0.6 mg/mL in ethanol|
LD50 (Median lethal dose)
|6200 mg/kg (oral, rat)|
Except where noted otherwise, data is given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Live cells or tissues with intact cell membranes are not coloured. Since cells are very selective in the compounds that pass through the membrane, in a viable cell trypan blue is not absorbed; however, it traverses the membrane in a dead cell. Hence, dead cells are shown as a distinctive blue colour under a microscope. Since live cells are excluded from staining, this staining method is also described as a dye exclusion method. This dye may be a cause of certain birth defects such as encephalocele.
Background & chemistry
Trypan blue is derived from toluidine, that is, any of several isomeric bases, C14H16N2, derived from toluene. Trypan blue is so-called because it can kill trypanosomes, the parasites that cause sleeping sickness. An analog of trypan blue, suramin is used pharmacologically against trypanosomiasis. Trypan blue is also known as diamine blue and Niagara blue.
Uses of trypan blue
Trypan blue is also used in ophthalmic cataract surgery to stain the anterior capsule in the presence of a mature cataract, to aid in visualization, before creating the continuous curvilinear capsulorhexis.
- Azidine Blue 3B
- Benzamine Blue 3B
- Benzo Blue 3B
- Chlorazol Blue 3B
- Diamine Blue 3B
- Dianil Blue H3G
- Direct Blue 14
- Niagara Blue 3B
- Chapter "Detection of Caspase Activation Combined with Other Probes of Apoptosis", Eurekah Bioscience Collection, NCBI bookshelf
- Protocol for use of the dye (PDF) from Northwestern University
- Wainwright M. Biotech Histochem. 2010 Dec;85(6):341-54. doi: 10.3109/10520290903297528. Dyes, trypanosomiasis and DNA: a historical and critical review.
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