Thiazolyl Blue Tetrazolium Bromide


MTT, 3-(4,5-Dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide, Methylthiazolyldiphenyl-tetrazolium bromide
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hematology: suitable
histology: suitable


195 °C (dec.) (lit.)


H2O: 5 mg/mL

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Thiazolyl Blue Tetrazolium Blue (MTT) may be used in measurement of cell proliferation. MTT produces a yellowish solution that is converted to dark blue, water-insoluble MTT formazan by mitochondrial dehydrogenases of living cells. The blue crystals are solubilized with acidified isopropanol and the intensity is measured colorimetrically at 570 nm. MTT has been used as a histochemical/cytochemical reagent and for the detection of NAD. ADP-linked enzyme systems in tissue cannot be detected with MTT, due to binding of the cation by the cyanide trap used. MTT is rapidly reduced to the formazan, which chelates with nickel, copper, and cobalt; the cobalt chelate has been used in oxidative systems.
Thiazolyl Blue Tetrazolium Bromide has been used for the following assays:
  • Proliferation assay.
  • TNF (tumor necrosis factor) bioassay.


1, 5, 10 g in glass bottle
100, 250 mg in glass insert
500 mg in glass bottle


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Respiratory system

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dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves


NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


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  1. What can be used to make a solution of Thiazolyl Blue Tetrazolium Bromide (MTT)?

    We test the solubility of MTT in water at a concentration of 5 mg/mL.  For the MTT viability assay, we dissolve Product No. M5655 at a concentration of 5 mg/ml in RPMI-1640 without phenol red. This medium is available as a powder (Product No.R8755) or liquid (Product No. R7509). MTT can be solubilized in any culture media or balanced salt solution that does not contain phenol red as a pH indicator.

  2. How can I store solutions of Thiazolyl Blue Tetrazolium Bromide (MTT)?

    Reconstituted MTT solution is stable for at least 6 months when stored frozen (-20 °C). Storage of reconstituted MTT solution at 2-8°C for more than 2 weeks may cause decomposition and yield erroneous results.

  3. Why is a reference wavelength used for data analysis of Thiazolyl Blue Tetrazolium Bromide (MTT)?

    The reference wavelength (630-690 nm) is used to adjust for the optical variation in the wells of the plate.  It also corrects for dust and fingerprints that can be present.  The assay is read at 570 nm.  The reference wavelength needs to be far enough away from the assay wavelength so as not to affect those values.

  4. What type of multi-well plate should be used for the Thiazolyl Blue Tetrazolium Bromide (MTT) assay?

    It is recommended that flat bottom multi-well plates be used for the MTT assay. The use of tissue culture treated plates is only important if necessary for good cell growth.  If cells are grown in larger plates, the supernatant after cell lysis can be transferred to a 96 well plate for reading.

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