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for molecular biology, nucleic acid hybridization tested, mol wt 360,000

PVP, Povidone, Polyvidone
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for molecular biology



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nucleic acid hybridization tested

foreign activity

Endonuclease, exonuclease, RNase, none detected



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General description

Polyvinylpyrrolidone is a large polymer containing a carbonyl, C-N and alkyl functional groups.


Polyvinylpyrrolidone has been used:
  • to perform intracytoplasmic sperm injection procedure
  • in the preparation of endophyte coating agent mixture, to coat creeping bentgrass seed
  • as a component of prehybridization solution


1 kg in poly drum
100, 500 g in poly bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

Polyvinylpyrrolidone can bind to polyphenol. Thus, it is known to be used for RNA isolation from plants rich in polyphenols. It is extensively used in the synthesis of nanoparticles.

Other Notes

Polyvinylpyrrolidone is a component of Denhardt′s Solution and is included at a concentration of 1% (w/v) in the standard 50X stock solution.

Storage Class Code

11 - Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

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Relevance of in vitro agar based screens to characterize the anti-fungal activities of bacterial endophyte communities
Shehata HR, et al.
BMC Microbiology, 16(1), 8-8 (2016)
Inclusion of polyvinylpyrrolidone in the polymerase chain reaction reverses the inhibitory effects of polyphenolic contamination of RNA
Koonjul PK, et al.
Nucleic Acids Research, 27(3), 915-916 (1999)
Blastocyst formation in in vitro fertilization versus intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles: influence of the fertilization procedure
Van LL, et al.
Fertility and Sterility, 83(5), 1397-1403 (2005)
Jan Konietzka et al.
Current biology : CB, 30(1), 1-16 (2019-12-17)
Sleep requires sleep-active neurons that depolarize to inhibit wake circuits. Sleep-active neurons are under the control of homeostatic mechanisms that determine sleep need. However, little is known about the molecular and circuit mechanisms that translate sleep need into the depolarization
Kallum M Koczkur et al.
Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003), 44(41), 17883-17905 (2015-10-06)
Colloidal synthesis offers a route to nanoparticles (NPs) with controlled composition and structural features. This Perspective describes the use of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) to obtain such nanostructures. PVP can serve as a surface stabilizer, growth modifier, nanoparticle dispersant, and reducing agent.

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