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B2261 Sigma-Aldrich

bisBenzimide H 33342 trihydrochloride

≥98% (HPLC and TLC)

Synonym: 2′-(4-Ethoxyphenyl)-5-(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)-2,5′-bi-1H-benzimidazole trihydrochloride, HOE 33342, Hoechst 33342, bisBenzimide



Related Categories Alphabetical, Apoptosis Detection, Apoptosis and Cell Cycle, B, Biochemicals and Reagents,
Quality Level   PREMIUM
assay   ≥98% (HPLC and TLC)
solubility   H2O: 20 mg/mL
  phosphate buffer: precipitates
suitability   suitable for fluorescence
storage temp.   −20°C


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Useful for staining DNA, chromosomes and nuclei. May be used for fluorescence microscopy or flow cytometry.
Excitation max. = 346 nm
Emission max. = 460 nm

bisBenzimide H 33342 trihydrochloride has been used for the staining of viable and apoptotic cells. It has been used for the staining of nuclei in cells, which were analyzed by flow cytometry.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Membrane-permeable, fluorescent DNA stains with low cytotoxicity that intercalate in A-T regions of DNA.


1 g in glass bottle

100, 500 mg in glass bottle

25 mg in poly bottle

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NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 

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What is a typical concentration of Product B2261, bisBenzimide H 33342 trihydrochloride, for staining DNA in cells?
200 micrograms per mL.
Can solvents other than water be used to dissolve Product B2261, bisBenzimide H 33342 trihydrochloride?
Hoechst 33342 can be dissolved in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF).
Which Hoechst dye is suitable for chromosomal analysis?
Hoechst 33258 (Product No. B2883) is the preferred Hoechst dye for chromosomal analysis. Hoechst 33342 (Product No. B2261) is a poor fluorochrome for chromosomal analysis.
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