MemGlow™ Probes for Bioimaging

Bright fluorogenic  MemGlow™ probes for cell membranes now available!

Cytoskeleton is proud to announce 5 new bright fluorogenic probes to visualize the cellular plasma membrane.  Originally developed as the MemBright probes,  MemGlow™ probes provide high photostability, exhibit excellent fluorescent quantum yields, and some of them are super-resolution compatible.

MemGlow™ probes are chemically composed of cyanine or BODIPY dyes bearing zwitterionic amphiphilic anchors for enhanced retention in the plasma membrane.

The fluorogenic nature of MemGlow™ probes translates to minimal fluorescent emission until their contact with the plasma membrane elicits integration into the lipid bilayer. This characteristic creates minimal background, bright plasma membrane localization, and a no-wash-required application.

MemGlow™ probes are highly efficient and allow scientists to visualize cellular nanostructures with nanomolar probe concentrations. 

Features and advantages of MemGlow™ probes:

  • Bright and fluorogenic
  • Simple staining protocol and low working concentration
  • Compatible with live and fixed cell staining
  • Compatible with ex vivo and fixed tissue staining 
  • MemGlow 590 is super-resolution compatible
  • Non-toxic probes permit long-term imaging and re-imaging of live cells
  • Efficient labeling of filopodia and nanotubes at nanomolar concentrations
  • No dye quenching steps required
  • Do not alter sample biology
  • Utilize cyanine or BODIPY dyes with zwitterionic membrane anchor groups
  • Superior to many existing plasma membrane dyes

 Cytoskeleton's new MemGlow™ probes, part of the MemBright™ family, was used to visualize the plasma membrane of live KB cells with a laser scanning confocal microscope set to 5% laser power (488 nm) for 340 frames with 2 scans per frame and continuous illumination for 15 minutes.

  • For an in-depth look at MemGlow™ probes (part of the MemBright™ family) view their groundbreaking publication by clicking this link 


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