Lissamine Green B

Dye content 60 %

Wool Green S, Acid Green 50
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Dye content, 60%


hematology: suitable
histology: suitable


H2O: 0.1%


633 nm

ε (extinction coefficient)

≥10000 at 300-306 nm in water at 0.005 g/L
≥50000 at 236-242 nm in water at 0.005 g/L
≥60000 at 630-636 nm in water at 0.005 g/L

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Lissamine Green B has been used in blood-brain barrier (BBB) studies and is used to study the its effect on herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) corneal infection in animals.


25 g in glass bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

Lissamine green also referred to as acid green 50, wool green S, food green S or green S, is used for vital staining of cornea and conjunctiva. Staining characteristics are almost similar to rose bengal dye. Lissamine green is also used to stain membrane-damaged epithelial cells. In vitro, Lissamine green B at low concentration blocks herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) plaque formation.

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Lissamine is a trademark of PerkinElmer Inc.


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Target Organs

Respiratory system

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves


NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


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Not applicable

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Not applicable

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  5. What is the ?max 199583, Lissamine Green B, in water? 

    The ?max in water is 633 nm.

  6. What is the solubility of Product 199583, Lissamine Green B?

    Lissamine Green B is soluble in water up to 0.1% in water. Other sources have stated solubility for some lots can approach 4%. Solubility in ethanol is 3 mg/mL, although this is not tested by Sigma Aldrich on a lot to lot basis. Lissamine Green B has also been reported to be soluble in Cellosolve, and in ethylene glycol.

  7. What are possible uses for Product 199583, Lissamine Green B?

    The Sigma Aldrich Handbook of Stains, Dyes and Indicators advises that Lissamine Green B has been substituted for Fast Green FCF without any real advantage. Lillie found it performed well as a collagen stain in Masson's trichrome and as a counter stain in the Van Gieson method. However, it was inferior when used as a component in Van Gieson's Trichrome Stain. See also Clark G, Staining Procedures, 4th Edition. (Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, 1981), p. 120 for the Lillie modification of Masson's trichrome method.  This material is used in the determination of chlorine dioxide in solution in EPA Method 32.

  8. Has Product 199583, Lissamine Green B, been used for industrial applications?

    The Sigma Aldrich Handbook of Stains, Dyes and Indicators states Lissamine Green B has been used to dye wool, silk (from a sulfuric acid bath), to print wool and silk directly and to coat paper, dye leather and surface stain wood.

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Photocatalytic degradation of Lissamine Green B dye by using nanostructured sol?gel TiO2 films
Curkovic L
J. Alloy Compounds, 604, 309-316 (2014)
LISSAMINE GREEN: Vital Staining of Cornea and Conjunctiva
Acta Ophthalmologica, 51, 483-491 (1973)
Hannah Dueck et al.
Genome biology, 16, 122-122 (2015-06-10)
Differentiation of metazoan cells requires execution of different gene expression programs but recent single-cell transcriptome profiling has revealed considerable variation within cells of seeming identical phenotype. This brings into question the relationship between transcriptome states and cell phenotypes. Additionally, single-cell...
Vascular Permeability and Microcirculation of Gliomas and Mammary Carcinomas
Transplanted in Rat and Mouse Cranial Windows1
Yuan F
Cancer Research, 54, 4564- 4568 (1994)
PCR Assessment of HSV-1 Corneal Infection in Animals Treated with Rose Bengal and Lissamine Green B
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 41, 2096-2102 (2000)

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