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Hygromycin B from Streptomyces hygroscopicus

suitable for plant cell culture, BioReagent, ≥60% (HPLC), lyophilized powder

Anti-CDCBM1, Anti-CFEOM3
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biological source

Streptomyces hygroscopicus

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≥60% (HPLC)


lyophilized powder

purified by

ion-exchange chromatography


cell culture | plant: suitable


faintly brown to brown
white to beige


(1) 7.1, (2) 8.8


H2O: soluble 50 mg/mL
ethanol: soluble
methanol: soluble

antibiotic activity spectrum




Mode of action

protein synthesis | interferes

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General description

Hygromycin B is an antibiotic produced by the bacterium Streptomyces hygroscopicus. It is an aminoglycoside that kills bacteria, fungi and higher eukaryotic cells by inhibiting protein synthesis.
Chemical structure: aminoglycoside


Hygromycin B is an aminoglycoside antibiotic isolated from Streptomyces hygroscopicus. It has been used to study protein synthesis at the level of the 70S ribosome translocation and mRNA template misreading, as an antiviral agent by selectively penetrating cells rendered permeable by virus infection and inhibiting translation, and as a selection agent for hygromycin resistance gene transformed cells. It is recommended for use as a selection agent at 100-800 μg/mL, specifically at 100 μg/mL for prokaryotes, 200 μg/mL for lower eukaryotes and 150-400 μg/mL for higher eukaryotes.

Hygromycin B from Streptomyces hygroscopicus is used for gene cloning and ectopic expression. It is also used in MS medium for the in vitro screening of transgenic plants.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Hygromycin B is used in mutagenesis or for selection of gene expression and complementation constructs in C. jejuni. It is also adopted as a marker in other approaches for manipulating, introducing or deleting DNA in C. elegans. It can be inactivated by Aminoglycoside 4-phosphotransferase-Ia (APH(4)-Ia)/Hygromycin B phosphotransferase (Hph) through phosphorylation. The amino function of this antibiotic may be involved in a general acid-base catalysis performed by the ribozyme, acting as proton acceptors/donors.
Mode of Action: The product acts by inhibiting protein synthesis by inducing the misreading of the m-RNA template in the prokaryote, with the potency to inhibit translation.

Antimicrobial Spectrum: Hygromycin B acts against bacteria, fungi and higher eukaryotic cells.


Hygromycin B products should be stored as supplied at 2-8°C, and the dry solid is table for at least 5 years if stored at 2-8°C. It is stable at 37°C for 30 days. (For solutions) This solution is stable as supplied for two years if stored at 2-8°C.

Preparation Note

This product is purified by ion exchange chromatography. Hygromycin B is soluble in water at concentrations >50 mg/mL, and also soluble in methanol or ethanol. Solutions should be sterilized by filtration, not by autoclaving. Additionally, Hygromycin B solutions have been reported to lose activity on freezing, and since they are stable refrigerated, freezing should be avoided.


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Hazard Classifications

Acute Tox. 1 Inhalation - Acute Tox. 2 Dermal - Acute Tox. 2 Oral

Storage Class Code

6.1A - Combustible, acute toxic Cat. 1 and 2 / very toxic hazardous materials



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Not applicable

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Journal of structural biology, 183(1), 76-85 (2013-06-12)
Aminoglycoside 4-phosphotransferase-Ia (APH(4)-Ia)/Hygromycin B phosphotransferase (Hph) inactivates the aminoglycoside antibiotic hygromycin B (hygB) via phosphorylation. The crystal structure of the binary complex of APH(4)-Ia with hygB was recently reported. To characterize substrate recognition by the enzyme, we determined the crystal
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Inhibition of Protein Synthesis by Antibiotics

Protein synthesis is a complex, multi-step process involving many enzymes as well as conformational alignment. However, the majority of antibiotics that block bacterial protein synthesis interfere with the processes at the 30S subunit or 50S subunit of the 70S bacterial ribosome.

Antibiotic Kill Curve

Antibiotic kill curve is a dose response experiment in which mammalian cells are subjected to increasing amounts of selection antibiotic

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