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Chromeo™ 642

effective red fluorescent dye for bioanalysis

Chromeo™ 642 is a bright, dark-red fluorescent label that replaces Cy5*, Alexa Fluor 647*, DyLight 649* and other dyes excitable within a wavelength range of 630-650 nm. It exhibits superior luminescence properties, a broad Stokes shift, stability towards photobleaching and pH, and low cell toxicity. Chromeo 642 is compatible with various excitation sources including tungsten and xenon arc lamps, the Helium-Neon laser, the 647 line of the Argon-Krypton-Ion Laser and common red diode lasers with emissions of 635 nm or 650 nm.

Why use Chromeo™ 642?

  • Photostability – enables multiple exposures and increased exposure time
  • Bright fluorescence – sensitive detection
  • Low background
  • pH insensitive
  • Easy to use – no harsh chemicals required for conjugation
  • Narrow emission and absorption bands – enables multi-color experiments

Reactive fluorescent Chromeo 642 serves as a bright label for antibodies and other biomolecules, enabling detection in immunofluorescence, high content screening, ELISA and FRET applications, as well as in flow cytometry. To provide you with flexibility in labeling your antibodies and proteins, Chromeo 642 is offered in a variety of chemistries. For greater convenience, Chromeo 642 can be purchased in our easy-to-use Fluorescent Antibody Labeling Kits, and is also offered as optimized Fluorescent Secondary Antibody Conjugates for enhanced detection.

To ensure that you get the best possible results in your immunofluorescent staining, we recommend the use of Chromeo 642 together with our complete line of MAX Stain™ Immunofluorescence Tools, as those components have been formulated to optimize the performance of all Fluorescent Chromeo™ Dyes.

Name Format Cat No. Price  
Chromeo™ 642 Azide 1 mg 15288 $240 Buy Now
5 x 1 mg 15289 $925 Buy Now
Chromeo™ 642 Alkyne 1 mg 15296 $240 Buy Now
5 x 1 mg 15297 $925 Buy Now
Chromeo™ 642 Carboxylic Acid 1 mg 15310 $115 Buy Now
5 x 1 mg 16310 $445 Buy Now
Chromeo™ 642 NHS-Ester 1 mg 15311 $230 Buy Now
5 x 1 mg 16311 $865 Buy Now
Chromeo™ 642 Streptavidin 1 mg 15313 $210 Buy Now
5 x 1 mg 16313 $825 Buy Now
Chromeo 642 Fluorescent Dye Spectra
Figure 1: Absorption and emission spectra of Chromeo™ 642.


Dye Absorption Emission ε L/(mol-cm) Stokes shift
Chromeo™ 642 642 nm 660 nm 180,000 18 nm
Table 1: Properties of Chromeo™ 642.

Chromeo™ 642 is a bright, dark-red fluorescent dye that can be excited at 630-650 nm. The dye is very stable over a broad pH range and, in combination with the MAX Stain™ reagents, it shows high fluorescence intensity and photostability. Chromeo 642 and Chromeo 642 Fluorescent Secondary Antibody Conjugates are the best choice to replace dyes like Cy5, Alexa Fluor 647, DyLight 649 and their conjugates.

HeLa cells stained by alpha-Tubulin mAb and Chromeo 642 Fluorescent Secondary Antibody
Figure 1: Chromeo 642 staining in HeLa cells.

HeLa cells were stained with alpha Tubulin mouse mAb (Clone 5-B-1-2) and Chromeo 642 Goat anti-mouse IgG (Catalog No. 15034). The nuclei have been counterstained with DAPI.

We compared our Chromeo 642 antibody conjugate to other commercially available secondary antibody conjugates of the same fluorescent range, such as ATTO 647N, DyLight 649 and Alexa 647 conjugated secondary antibodies. HeLa cells were labeled with an antibody against alpha-tubulin followed by detection with the fluorescently labeled secondary antibodies. All samples were processed equally, with MAX Stain™ reagents used for all steps of the immunostaining procedure.

In the first experiment, the exposure times required for each sample to reach equal fluorescence intensity were measured. Figure 2 demonstrates that the Chromeo 642 conjugate surpasses the competition with the shortest exposure time, indicating that it has the highest fluorescence intensity.

Exposure times required by various dark-red emitting dyes to reach equal fluorescence
Figure 2: Exposure times required by various dark-red emitting dyes to reach equal fluorescence.


In a second set of experiments, MAX Stain reagents were used to study the photostability of different dark-red emitting antibody-dye conjugates. Again, anti-tubulin staining was performed in HeLa cells. The cells were excited over a period of 80 seconds: images were acquired every 3.5 seconds, with an exposure time of 3 seconds for each image. Figure 3 is a plot of the fluorescence intensity of the various antibody-dye conjugates relative to the illumination time. The Chromeo 642 conjugate exhibits photostability that is comparable to that of the other conjugates tested.

Photobleaching analysis of various dark-red emitting dyes
Figure 3: Photobleaching analysis of various various dark-red emitting dyes in immunofluorescence experiments using MAX Stain Immunofluorescence Tools.

The brightness and photostability of Chromeo 642 conjugated secondary antibodies make them excellent tools for widefield and confocal microscopy. Because of their low background in immunofluorescence experiments, Chromeo 642 antibody conjugates are ideal partners for use with other dyes in multi-color labeling experiments. As shown in Figure 4, a Chromeo 642 antibody conjugate is used together with a Chromeo 488 antibody conjugate and DAPI to visualize the induction of Histone H2AX phosphorylation upon treatment with etoposide.

Multi-color staining of Phospho H2AX and tubulin using Chromeo 642 and Chromeo 488 secondary antibodies
Figure 4: Multi-color staining of Phospho H2AX and tubulin using Chromeo 642 and Chromeo 488 secondary antibodies in untreated and etoposide-treated HeLa cells.

HeLa cells were either left untreated or treated with 100 µM etoposide for 6 hours prior to fixation with methanol. The histone-variant H2AX was stained with Histone H2AX phospho Ser139 rabbit pAb (Catalog No. 39117) and Chromeo 642 Goat anti-rabbit IgG (Catalog No. 15044), while tubulin was visualized using alpha Tubulin mouse mAb (Clone 5-B-1-2) and Chromeo 488 Goat anti-mouse IgG (Catalog No. 15031). The nuclei were counter-stained with DAPI and the three separate images were merged.

The following selected publications cite the use of and/or provide additional information about Chromeo 642:

The Chromeo 642 Antibody Labeling Kit has been cited in the following publications:

Chromeo 642 conjugated Fluorescent Secondary Antibodies have been cited in the following publications:

Contents & Storage

Chromeo™ 642 NHS-Ester and Chromeo™ 642 Carboxylic Acid are supplied lyophilized and should be stored at the recommended temperature in the dark. The Chromeo™ 642 Streptavidin conjugate is supplied as a 1 mg/ml solution in PBS and should be stored at 4°C in the dark to ensure photostability.

All products are guaranteed 6 months when stored properly.

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