10 Redox Dyes



Reductive Chromogenic Dye

  • Product code
    M009  MTT
  • CAS No.
  • Chemical name
    3-(4,5-Dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide
  • MW
Unit size Price Item Code
100 mg $46.00 M009-08
1 g $206.00 M009-10

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Reaction Scheme

Product Description

MTT is slightly soluble in methanol, but has very low solubility in ethanol. It barely dissolves in ether, acetone, or ethyl acetate. MTT is utilized for cell viability detection. Since MTT has a positive charge, it can pass through a cell membrane and is reduced by mitochondria to form a purple color formazan dye. Organic solvent is requried to dissovle MTT formazan dyes.


Open References

1. T. F. Slater, et al., Studies on Succinate-tetrazolium Reductase Systems III. Points of Coupling of Four Different Tetrazolium Salts. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1963;77:383-393.
2. T. Mosmann, et al., Rapid Colorimetric Assay for Cellular Growth and Survival: Application to Proliferation and Cytotoxicity Assays. J Immunol Methods. 1983;65:55-63.
3. H. Tada, et al., An Improved Colorimetric Assay for Interleukin 2. J Immunol Methods. 1986;93:157-165.
4. M. C. Alley, et al., Feasibility of Drug Screening with Panels of Human Tumor Cell Lines Using a Microculture Tetrazolium Assay. Cancer Res. 1988;48:589-601.
5. E. Aoyama, et al., Determination of Selenium by Flow Injection Analysis Based on the Selenium(III)-Catalyzed Reduction of 3-(4, 5-Dimethyl-2-Thiazolyl)-2, 5-Diphenyl-2H Tetrazolium Bromide. Anal Sci. 1991;7:103-107.
6. H. Yamaue, et al., Chemosensitivity Testing with Highly Purified Fresh Human Tumor Cells with the MTT Colorimetric Assay. Eur J Cancer. 1991;27:1258-1263.

Handling and storage condition

Appearance: Yellow to yellowish orange powder
Purity (Absorbance): ≧ 97.0 %
Solubility in Methyl alcohol: To pass test (clear, yellow)
Molar absorptivity: ≧ 8,250 (around 375 nm)
Sensitivity: To pass test
m.p.: 190 - 205°C (dec.)
Sulfated ash: ≦ 0.10 %
IR spectrum: Authentic
Handling and storage condition
Ambient temperature

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