Chromomycin A3 from Streptomyces griseus

≥95% (HPLC)

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≥95% (HPLC)

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DNA synthesis | interferes

antibiotic activity spectrum

Gram-positive bacteria

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Chemical structure: aureolic acid


Chromomycin A3 from Streptomyces griseus has been used as a reagent in flow sorting. It has also been used to stain spermatozoa to evaluate the sperm nuclear chromatin integrity.


5, 10 mg in serum bottle

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Chromomycin A3 from Streptomyces griseus is an antibiotic exhibiting anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antitumor activities. It serves as a fluorescent DNA stain. It is useful for the detection of protamine deficiency in sperm chromatin. The compound blocks macromolecule synthesis by a specific, reversible interaction with DNA in the presence of bivalent metal ions. Binding to DNA minor groove mediates an efficient competitive inhibition of DNA gyrase and significantly affects topoisomerase II activity.


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dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves


UN 3462 6.1 / PGI

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S Chakrabarti et al.
Biochemical pharmacology, 56(11), 1471-1479 (1998-11-25)
Chromomycin A3 (CHR), an anticancer antibiotic, blocks macromolecular synthesis via reversible interaction with DNA only in the presence of divalent cations like Mg2+. In the absence of DNA, the antibiotic forms a dimer: Mg2+ complex [(CHR)2Mg2+]. It is the DNA-binding...
Strategies for choosing a deoxyribonucleic acid stain for flow cytometry of metaphase chromosomes.
Jensen R, et al.
The Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, 25(8), 954-964 (1977)
A Bell et al.
Journal of molecular recognition : JMR, 10(6), 245-255 (1998-10-15)
We present titrations of the human delta beta-globin gene region with DNA minor groove binders netropsin, bisnetropsin, distamycin, chromomycin and four bis-quaternary ammonium compounds in the presence of calf thymus topoisomerase II and DNase I. With increasing ligand concentration, stimulation...
A D Esterhuizen et al.
Human reproduction (Oxford, England), 15(3), 657-661 (2000-02-25)
The development of a sequential diagnostic schedule for patients consulting for infertility disturbances would be an ideal method of approach for clinicians in the absence of an aetiological or pathophysiological diagnosis. Since sperm morphology recorded by strict criteria has often...
Biosynthesis of the Antitumor Chromomycin A3 in Streptomyces griseus: Analysis of the Gene Cluster and Rational Design of Novel Chromomycin Analogs
Menendez, N et al.
Chemistry and Biology, 11(2), 21-32 (2019)
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