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Mowiol® 4-88

Mw ~31,000

Poly(vinyl alcohol)
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mol wt

Mw ~31,000

Quality Level

extent of labeling

86.7-88.7 mol% hydrolysis
~630 polymerization

ign. residue



3.5-4.5 mPa.s, 4 % in H2O(20 °C)



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General description

Mowiol® is a water soluble hydrocolloid mucoadhesive based on poly (vinyl alcohol). Mowiol® at pH 8.5 has a couple of advantages over other mounting media:
  • its a liquid when the sample is mounted and solidifies after several hours, forming a permanent bond between the coverslip and slide
  • fluorescence is stable when held in dark and at 4oC.


Mowiol® is used as an embedding medium for preserving stained cell dishes in the study of siRNA array production of HeLa cells. Mowiol® is also reported to be used as a mounting medium in:
  • design of TSAR and its applications
  • detection of the secreted and cytoplasmic fractions of IpaB, IpaC and IpaD by lysozyme permeabilization
  • fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP).

Mowiol® may be used as a coating for sensors based on piezoelectric quartz crystals. Another probable use of Mowiol® is during the study of super fluorescence imaging of biocompatible carbon dots.


50, 250 g in poly bottle
1 kg in poly bottle

Legal Information

Mowiol is a registered trademark of Kuraray Europe GmbH

Storage Class Code

13 - Non Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

No data available

Flash Point(C)

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Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

Avgi Tsolou et al.
Life sciences, 232, 116562-116562 (2019-06-16)
Lung cancer is one of the main causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide and radiotherapy is a major treatment of choice. However, radioresistance is a main reason for radiotherapy failure or tumor relapse. Here, we investigated possible mechanisms associated with cancer
Super-resolution fluorescence imaging of biocompatible carbon dots.
Lemenager G, et al.
Nanoscale, 6, 8614-8623 (2014)
Claire V Chatelle et al.
Scientific reports, 6, 23713-23713 (2016-03-31)
Here, we applied optoRAF, an optogenetic tool for light-controlled clustering and activation of RAF proteins that mimics the natural occurring RAS-mediated dimerization. This versatile tool allows studying the effect on BRAF and CRAF homodimer- as well as heterodimer-induced RAF signaling.
Xiaofang Li et al.
Scientific reports, 7(1), 16495-16495 (2017-12-01)
Heterogeneity in terms of tumor characteristics, prognosis, and survival among cancer patients is an unsolved issue. Here, we systematically analyzed the aberrant expression patterns of cervical cancer using RNA-Seq data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). We incorporated gene profiling
A Kondratskyi et al.
Cell death & disease, 5, e1193-e1193 (2014-04-26)
The growing number of studies suggested that inhibition of autophagy enhances the efficacy of Akt kinase inhibitors in cancer therapy. Here, we provide evidence that ML-9, a widely used inhibitor of Akt kinase, myosin light-chain kinase (MLCK) and stromal interaction

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