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M9140

Sigma-Aldrich

Methylene blue

certified by the Biological Stain Commission

Synonym(s):
Basic Blue 9, Tetramethylthionine chloride, 3,7-bis(Dimethylamino)phenazathionium chloride
Empirical Formula (Hill Notation):
C16H18ClN3S · xH2O
CAS Number:
Molecular Weight:
319.85 (anhydrous basis)
Colour Index Number:
52015
Beilstein:
3599847
EC Number:
MDL number:
PubChem Substance ID:
NACRES:
NA.47

Quality Level

grade

certified by the Biological Stain Commission

form

powder

composition

Dye content, ≥82%

solubility

H2O: 4mg/4ml

application(s)

diagnostic assay manufacturing
hematology
histology

storage temp.

room temp

SMILES string

CN(C)C1=CC=C2C(SC(C3=N2)=CC(C=C3)=[N+](C)C)=C1.[H]O[H].[Cl-]

InChI

1S/C16H18N3S.ClH.H2O/c1-18(2)11-5-7-13-15(9-11)20-16-10-12(19(3)4)6-8-14(16)17-13;;/h5-10H,1-4H3;1H;1H2/q+1;;/p-1

InChI key

WQVSELLRAGBDLX-UHFFFAOYSA-M

Gene Information

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General description

Methylene blue is a compound that occurs as crystals or crystalline powder, having a bronze-like luster. It is soluble in water, chloroform and partially soluble in alcohol. It is a photoactive dye, which is a member of phenothiazine family.

Application

Methylene blue has been used:
  • to stain vaginal cells
  • for the preparation of protein aqueous ink
  • to evaluate cell survival by staining

Packaging

25, 100 g in glass bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

Methylene blue is used as a bacteriologic stain or dye and indicator. It mediates the inactivation of enveloped viruses in plasma, when exposed to visible light. It is an inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase and guanylate cyclase. It also plays a key role in medicine as an antimalarial agent, reducing agent in methemoglobinemia and inducer of apoptosis in cancer cells.

Suitability

Certified for use in Mallory′s phloxine-methylene blue stain; Levine & Black stain for bacteria in milk; Wright stain for blood smears.

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Hazard Statements

Precautionary Statements

Hazard Classifications

Acute Tox. 4 Oral

Storage Class Code

11 - Combustible Solids

WGK

WGK 3

Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

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