DNA-Binding Fluorescent Probe (Miami Red)

Miami Red is a DNA-binding fluorescent probe that allows for two-channel imaging of nuclear and cytosolic compartments.


  • Low cytotoxicity, membrane permeable, and live-cell compatible fluorescent probe
  • Brightly fluorescent 'turn-on' emission when bound to DNA
  • Cell permeable - rapidly accumulats intracellularly into cell nuclei and cytosol
  • Differentiates between DNA and other cellular binding sites through shifts in excitation and/or emission spectra
  • Two-color resolution - allows for seperation of cytosolic and nuclear populations into two imaging channels
  • Minimal spectral overlap with common tags such as blue, cyan or greenfluorescent proteins
  • Compatible with standard laser lines (e.g., 458, 488, 514, 561 nm) or filter sets (e.g., GFP, FITC, YPF)

The Miami Orange and Miami Red dyes are DNA-targeting probes that exhibit binding-induced ‘turn on’ fluorescence. While a ‘turn-on’ response can result through interaction with RNA or any number of protein binding folds present in the cytosolic milieu, these probes bound to DNA exhibit redder excitation and emission spectra, enabling clear resolution of the nucleus. These dyes effectively combine the function of two separate dyes (i.e., a nuclear stain and a cytosolic stain) in a single probe.

From the laboratory of James N. Wilson, PhD, University of Miami.

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DNA-Binding Fluorescent Stain (Miami Red), 0.5mL (1mM)
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Product Type: Small Molecule
Name: Miami Red ("2" in reference)
Chemical Formula: C27H33BF2N4O2
Molecular Weight: 494.4
Format: red powder (neat), red liquid (as shipped)
Purity: > 95% by 1HNMR
Solubility: Soluble in DMSO up to 1.5mM, soluble in aqueous solutions up to 5uM
Spectral Information: λ max, ex (DNA bound) = 534nm, λ max, em = 636nm
Platform: Confocal microscope, Fluorometer
Compatible Cells: HEK293, MCF7, BT474 (others not tested)
Detection Method: Fluorescence
Comments: Suggested working concentration 1-2uM
Storage: 4C (protect from light)
Shipped: Ambient temperature


Imaging Parameters

(A) Excitation and emission spectra of Miami Red. (B) Representative image of cells (MCF7) treated with Miami Red.

From the laboratory of James N. Wilson, PhD, University of Miami.
  1. Pitter DR, Brown AS, Baker JD, Wilson JN. One probe, two-channel imaging of nuclear and cytosolic compartments with orange and red emissive dyes. Org Biomol Chem. 2015 Aug 10. doi: 10.1039/C5OB01428J

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