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Product overview

  • Name
    Nile Red
  • Short description
    Photostable polarity-sensitive fluorescent probe
  • Alternative names
    Nile blue A oxazone
  • Biological description
    Photostable polarity-sensitive fluorescent probe. Phenoxazone dye that fluoresces intensely in variety of colours. Selective fluorescent stain for intracellular lipid droplets.
  • Biological action
    Dyes & stains
  • Citations


  • Chemical name
  • Molecular Weight
  • Chemical structure
    Nile Red  [7385-67-3]
  • Molecular Formula
  • CAS Number
  • PubChem identifier

Storing and Using Your Product

  • Storage instructions
    room temperature
  • Solubility overview
    soluble in water or methanol (1mg/ml)
  • Important
    This product is for RESEARCH USE ONLY and is not intended for therapeutic or diagnostic use. Not for human or veterinary use.

References for Nile Red

  • Nile red: a selective fluorescent stain for intracellular lipid droplets.

    Greenspan P et al (1985) J Cell Biol 100(3) : 965-73.
    PubMedID: 3972906
  • Application of Nile red, a fluorescent hydrophobic probe, for the detection of neutral lipid deposits in tissue sections: comparison with oil red O.

    Fowler SD et al (1985) J Histochem Cytochem 33(8) : 833-6.
    PubMedID: 4020099
  • Nile red as a polarity-sensitive fluorescent probe of hydrophobic protein surfaces.

    Sackett DL et al (1987) Anal Biochem 167(2) : 228-34.
    PubMedID: 3442318
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