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F7378 Sigma

Fluorescein diacetate

used as cell viability stain

Synonym: 3,6-Diacetoxyfluoran, Di-O-acetylfluorescein

  • CAS Number 596-09-8

  • Empirical Formula (Hill Notation) C24H16O7

  • Molecular Weight 416.38

  •  Beilstein Registry Number 62575

  •  EC Number 209-877-6

  •  MDL number MFCD00005062

  •  PubChem Substance ID 24894939

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5, 10, 25, 100 g in glass bottle


Lipase substrate


Fluorescein diacetate has been used for the differentiation of live cells from dead cells.

General description

Fluorescein diacetate (FDA) is a non-fluorescent molecule, which is hydrolysed to fluorescent fluorescein in live cells. Dead cells cannot accumulate or hydrolyse FDA.

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Is Product F7378, Fluorescein diacetate, a fluorescent compound?
No. Only upon hydrolysis of the esters, catalyzed by cellular esterase, the lactone ring opens yielding fluorescein.  Only the fluorescein form is fluorescent.
After Product F7378, Fluorescein diacetate, has been converted to fluorescein, what are the maximum excitation and emission wavelengths?
The maximum excitation wavelength is 490 nm and the maximum emission wavelength is 526 nm.
What are some common applications for Product F7378, Fluorescein diacetate?
This compound is used extensively for the staining of living cells.  It has been used as a viability stain for cultured neurons and plant ways, and in measuring of esterase and cholinesterase activity. See the following references for usage: Fluorometric determination of lipase: Guilbault, G.G. and Kramer, D.N., "Fluorometric Determination of Lipase, Acylase, Alpha- and Gamma- Chymotrypsin and Inhibitors of These Enzymes", Anal. Chem. 36, 409, 1964. ; Anal. Biochem., Vol. 14, 28 (1966); Fluorescent stain for viable rosette-forming cells: J. Immun. Meth., Vol. 5,305 (1974); Fluorogenic substrate detection of viable pathogenic protozoa: Science, Vol. 227, 435 (1985); Reference Standard in antibody studies: Anal. Biochem., Vol. 9, 474 (1964); Cell viability staining: Staining Procedures, G. Clark, 4th ed., p. 93. Guilbault, G.G. and Kramer, D.N., "Fluorometric Determination of Lipase, Acylase, Alpha- and Gamma- Chymotrypsin and Inhibitors of These Enzymes", Anal. Chem. 36, 409, 1964.   
What solubility information do you have on Product F7378, Fluorescein diacetate?
We have found that it is slightly soluble in water at 0.1%, and in ethanol at 0.3%. It is also soluble in dimethylformamide (DMF).
How stable are solutions of Product F7378, Fluorescein diacetate, once prepared?
Based on our experience, stock solutions of fluorescein diacetate at 5 mg/mL in acetone or DMSO can be stored at -20 °C. According to one on-line source, solutions at 5 mg/mL in acetone or ethanol can be stored refrigerated.
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