GelGreen Nucleic Acid Stain



1.0 mL enough for 100 mini-gels

Quality level: 200,

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Concentration: 10,000 × in DMSO

Storage temperature: −20 ° C

General description

Green I is an asymmetric cyanine stain, which is used to detect nucleic acids. It consists of an N-alkylated benzothiazole or benzoxazole ring system, which is linked by a monomethine bridge to a pyridinium or quinolinium ring system. SYBR Green I binds to the minor groove of the dsDNA and is excited at a wavelength of 480 nm. It has a fluorescence emission peak of 520 nm.


SYBR Green I nucleic acid gel staining has been used for real-time PCR quantification and flow cytometry. SYBR Green I Nucleic Acid Gel Stain has been used to:

  • dsDNA quantification
  • to stain DNA in the polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • for kite test technique
  • to assess the integrity of the sperm membrane

A proprietary asymmetric cyanine stain that is an ultrasensitive stain for post-electrophoresis staining of dsDNA in agarose or polyacrylamide gels. SYBR Green I can also be used to detect ssDNA and RNA in denaturing agarose/formaldehyde and polyacrylamide/urea gels without any pre-wash step, although the sensitivity is lower (approximately 100 to 300 pg per band using 254 nm epi-illumination).

SYBR Green II is recommended for ss-DNA and RNA. SYBR Green I stain has been shown to be much less mutagenic than ethidium bromide in Ames tests. SYBR Green I is also a very sensitive stain for oligonucleotides, allowing the detection of as little as 1-2 ng of a synthetic 24-mer on a 5% polyacrylamide gel, which has a sensitivity 50-100 times greater than that obtained with ethidium bromide.

SYBR Green I staining of agarose gels does not interfere with nucleic acid transfer to membranes or subsequent hybridization in Southern or Northern blot analysis as long as 0.1% -0.3% SDS is included in the prehybridization and hybridization buffers to remove the dye.

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Storage and stability

Store the product at –20 ° C. The diluted staining solution can be stored, protected from light, at 2–8 ° C for several weeks or at room temperature for 3–4 days.

Legal information

  • US Patent No. 5,436,134. Licensed by Molecular Probes, Inc.
  • SYBR is a registered trademark of Life Technologies

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