7-AAD Viability Staining Solution

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Other Names
Viability dye, dead cell exclusion dye, cell viability dye
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7-AAD (7-amino-actinomycin D) has a high DNA binding constant and is efficiently excluded by intact cells. It is useful for DNA analysis and dead cell discrimination during flow cytometric analysis. When excited by 488 laser light, 7-AAD fluorescence is detected in the far red range of the spectrum (650 nm long-pass filter).

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Technical data sheet

Product Details

PBS, pH 7.2 with 0.09% (w/v) sodium azide.
CAUTION: 7-AAD is a potential carcinogen. It is recommended that the user wear protective clothing, gloves, and eye/face protection in order to avoid contact with skin and eyes.
50 µg/ml
Storage & Handling
Protect from light. Store between 2°C and 8°C.

FC - Quality tested

Recommended Usage

For dead cell exclusion, resuspend cell pellet in 0.5 mL of Cell Staining Buffer and add 5 µl of 7-AAD per million cells and incubate for 5-10 minutes in the dark before analysis. The analysis of the cells should be done as soon as possible after the incubation with the dye.

We recommend utilizing our Fluorescence Spectra Analyzer to determine compatibility of 7AAD with other fluorochromes.


Excitation Laser
Blue Laser (488 nm)
Green Laser (532 nm)/Yellow-Green Laser (561 nm)
Application Notes

7-AAD Viability Staining Solution can be used as a viability probe for methods of nonviable cell exclusion.

Application References

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Antigen Details

Antigen References

1. Schmid I, et al. 1992. Cytometry. 13:204

Gene ID
View information about 7-AAD on UniProt.org

Related FAQs

Why washing is not recommended post 7AAD or PI addition for viability check?
These dyes bind in equilibrium with DNA. Therefore external dye concentration must be maintained during analysis and the dye should not be washed out.
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