Caffeine dissociates complexes between DNA and intercalating dyes: Application for bleaching fluorochrome-stained cells for their subsequent restaining and analysis by laser scanning cytometry Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Cyclins
  • Depsipeptides
  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors
  • Peptides, Cyclic


  • Solutions of CFN can dissociate the DNA-bound PI, 7-AAD, EB, and possibly other intercalating fluorochromes. The bleached cells can be restained and reanalyzed by LSC. This approach can also be used to remove such fluorochromes from nucleic acids immobilized in gels and perhaps in other solid matrices. Analysis of the kinetics of fluorochrome removal from cells can possibly be used to study their binding affinities to nucleic acids in situ.

publication date

  • January 2001



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/1097-0320(20010101)43:1<38::AID-CYTO1017>3.0.CO;2-S

PubMed ID

  • 11122483

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 38

end page

  • 45


  • 43


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