M5655

Sigma-Aldrich

Thiazolyl Blue Tetrazolium Bromide

powder, BioReagent, suitable for cell culture, suitable for insect cell culture, ≥97.5% (HPLC)

Synonym(s):
MTT, 3-(4,5-Dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide, Methylthiazolyldiphenyl-tetrazolium bromide
Empirical Formula (Hill Notation):
C18H16BrN5S
CAS Number:
Molecular Weight:
414.32
Beilstein/REAXYS Number:
4081397
EC Number:
MDL number:
PubChem Substance ID:
NACRES:
NA.75

Quality Level

product line

BioReagent

assay

≥97.5% (HPLC)

form

powder

application(s)

cell culture | insect: suitable
cell culture | mammalian: suitable

mp

195 °C (dec.) (lit.)

solubility

H2O: 5 mg/mL

storage temp.

2-8°C

SMILES string

[Br-].Cc1nc(sc1C)-[n+]2nc(nn2-c3ccccc3)-c4ccccc4

InChI

1S/C18H16N5S.BrH/c1-13-14(2)24-18(19-13)23-21-17(15-9-5-3-6-10-15)20-22(23)16-11-7-4-8-12-16;/h3-12H,1-2H3;1H/q+1;/p-1

InChI key

AZKSAVLVSZKNRD-UHFFFAOYSA-M

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Application

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 as a colorimetric metabolic activity indicator in cell viability assays (MTT assay). It has also been used to determine cell proliferation.

Packaging

1 g in glass bottle
15 mg in poly bottle
100, 500 mg in glass insert

Pictograms

Exclamation markHealth hazard

Signal Word

Warning

Hazard Statements

Target Organs

Respiratory system

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves

RIDADR

NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany

WGK 3

Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

  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. 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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    Transportation information can be found in Section 14 of the product's (M)SDS.To access the shipping information for this material, use the link on the product detail page for the product. 

  5. Is the MTT assay quantitative?

    The MTT asay is a method to assess cell viability.  This assay is a semiquantitative assay. The assay is used to compare the viability changes in treated cells to untreated cells. The absorbance is indicative of the cell number. The higher the absorbance, the greater the number of viable cells present. Most researchers compare the absorbance of the two samples as a ratio (ABS treated cells/ABS untreated cells) to get a fold increase/decrease in cell number.   

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