Blue Dextrans

Bearing Cibacron Blue F3G-A, blue dextran is used in affinity chromatography and protein chromatography allowing for the identification of proteins (purified or in crude cellular extracts), and improving the purification procedures for various proteins (1), as well as in gel chromatography as molecular weight markers for determining molecular size in each fraction and void volume. These steps are very important to validate fractionation in gel chromatography.  In addition, blue dextran was found to bind to pyruvate kinase 1, and this observation enabled the purification of a whole series of proteins and essentially brought the use of textile dyes in protein purification to the fore (2).  The blue dextrans now extend the range of applications for studies on lysosomal activity (3), endothelial cell permeability (4), bovine sperm permeability (5), cornea permeability (6), flow studies in lung (7-9), cerebro permeability (10-12), binding of proteins and enzymes to Blue-dextran (13-15).

Blue Dextrans

Cibacron Blue 3G-A

Product Quantity Catalog # Price (USD)
Cibacron Blue 3G-A, 1g Cibacron Blue 3G-A, 1g 1 g CCBlue-1g 296.00
Cibacron Blue 3G-A, 5g Cibacron Blue 3G-A, 5g 5 g CCBlue-5g 758.00


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  5. P.K.Schoff and N.L.First, Stimulation of bovine cell motility by the triazine dye cibacron blue F3GA,, 42(1), 65-71 (1995). 
  6. R. Robbins, M. Galin, A model for steroid effects in herpes keratitis. Arch Ophthalmol 93, 828-30 (1975).
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  10. C.E.Johanson, Age related decrease in A-Beta Peptide clearance pathways: CSF and BBB, RePORTER (Database NIH),
  11. S. Prabhu, W. Broaddus, G. Gillies, W. Loudon, Z. Chen, B. Smith, et al., Distribution of macromolecular dyes in brain using positive pressure infusion: a model for direct controlled delivery of therapeutic agents. Surg Neurol 50, 367-75 (1998).
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  15. A. Swart, H. Hemker, Separation of blood coagulation factors II, VII, IX and X by gel filtration in the presence of dextran blue. Biochim Biophys Acta 222, 692-5 (1970).


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