C56H68N16S4Cu F.W. 1298.88 CAS #12040-44-7 Dye Content: Approx. 50% Solubility: Water-soluble
Used as a fixative: 0.5-2% Alcian Blue in Glutaraldehyde fixative enhances the preservation and contrast of the cell coat and intercellular substances. Used as a stain: For staining cell surface materials and cartilage components. Schofield, et al., Histochem J. 7, 139,1975 Used as a wetting agent: Sommer, J. R (1977). To cationize glass. J.Cell Bio. 75, 245a. Alcian Blue and Ruthenium Red were used to study cartilage ultrastructure. Thyberg, J., Lohmander, S., and Friberg, U., J. Ultrastruct. Res., 45, 407 (1973).
Purification of Alcian Blue