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Molar mass 228.29 g·mol−1
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Thionine, also known as Lauth's violet, is the salt of a heterocyclic compound. A variety of salts are known including the chloride and acetate, called respectively thionine chloride and thionine acetate. The dye is structurally related to methylene blue, which also features a phenothiazine core.[1] The dye's name is frequently misspelled, with omission of the e. The -ine ending indicates that the compound is an amine.[2][3]

Dye properties and use[edit]

Thionine is a strongly staining metachromatic dye, which is widely used for biological staining.[4] Thionine can also be used in place of Schiff reagent in quantitative Feulgen staining of DNA. It can also be used to mediate electron transfer in microbial fuel cells.[5]

When both the amines are dimethylated, the product tetramethyl thionine is the famous methylene blue, and the intermediates are Azure C (Monomethyl thionine), Azure A (when one of the amines is dimethylated and the other remains primary amine), and Azure B (Trimethyl thionine). When methylene blue is "polychromed" by ripening (Oxidized in solution or metabolized by fungal contamination,[6] as originally noted in the thesis of Dr D L Romanowski in 1890s), it forms thionine and all the Azure intermediates.[7][8]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Gérard Taurand, "Phenothiazine and Derivatives" in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2005.doi:10.1002/14356007.a19_387
  2. ^ Kiernan JA (2001). "Classification and naming of dyes, stains and fluorochromes". Biotech Histochem. 76 (5-6): 261–78. doi:10.1080/bih.76.5-6.261.278. PMID 11871748. 
  3. ^ Webster's Third New International Dictionary. G & C Merriam Co. 1976, p.2377.
  4. ^ "Stainsfile — Thionin". 
  5. ^ Eugenii Katz; Andrew N. Shipway; Itamar Willner (2003). "21". In Wolf Vielstich. Handbook of Fuel Cells: Fundamentals, Technology, Applications, 4-Volume Set (PDF). Wiley. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-471-49926-8. 
  6. ^ Dako Education Guide - Special Stains and H & E ” second edition Chapter 19: On Chemical Reactions and Staining Mechanisms by John A. Kiernan, Subsection What is Giemsa’s stain and how does it color blood cells, bacteria and chromosomes? p172
  7. ^ Wilson TM. "ON THE CHEMISTRY AND STAINING PROPERTIES OF CERTAIN DERIVATIVES OF THE METHYLENE BLUE GROUP WHEN COMBINED WITH EOSIN". J Exp Med. 9: 645–70. doi:10.1084/jem.9.6.645. PMC 2124692Freely accessible. PMID 19867116. 
  8. ^ Marshall,PN (1978) Romanowsky-type stains in haematology. Histochemical Journal 10: 1-29.