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PlasMem Bright Green

Item # Unit Size
P504-10
100 µL

For Research Use Only Products

∼ Features ~
– Applicable to live and fixed cells
– High retentivity of reagents with low toxicity
– Just add reagents into medium

Content: 100 µL x 1
Storage Condition: Store at -20oC
Shipping Condition: Ambient Temperature

MSDS MSDS

Detection Principle

The plasma membrane (PM), consists of a lipid bilayer separating the intracellular environment from the extracellular space. Consequently, the PM plays a central role in many cell behaviors, such as cell migration, cell stretching, and signaling cascades. Additionally, PM dysfunction is an important biomarker because it is related to the cell status and is linked to many diseases.

Dojindo’s PlasMem Bright dyes overcome these limitations. PlasMem Bright dyes are designed to stain PMs for over a day. Furthermore, the PlasMem Bright dyes are more water-soluble compared with other commercially available dyes and can be diluted with culture medium. The PlasMem Bright dyes offer two different color options (green and red) and are provided as ready-to-use DMSO solutions. A working solution can be prepared easily via a single dilution step using growth medium or HBSS.

The general number of usable assays per 100 ul
35 mm dish x 10
μ-Slide 8 well x 10



Low toxicity, No washing, and High retentivity

PlasMem Bright series solves the most frequently requested dissatisfaction with existing dyes


High retentivity on plasma membrane

HeLa cells stained with each plasma membrane staining reagent were incubated for 24 hrs and each the resulting fluorescent image was compared. PlasMem Bright series had higher retentivity on plasma membrane than other products.

PlasMem Bright series had higher retentivity on plasma membrane than other products


Clear visualization of plasma membrane

Observe morphology of neuron (differentiated SH-SY5Y cells) and localization of mitochondria in axon.

PlasMem Bright Series has low cytotoxicity and can be used in observation of morphology of neurons


Excitation and emission spectra of PlasMem Bright dyes

Excitation and emission spectra of PlasMem Bright series

Application Data: Cell membrane staining inside an ES cell colony

Mouse ES cells were cultured in a gelatin-coated glass bottom dish for 4 days, and the colonies were stained with PlasMem Bright Green (200x dilution) for 15 minutes and observed under a confocal microscope (Zeiss: LSM710) after medium exchange. As a result, the membranes of the cells inside the colonies could be visualized with PlasMem Bright Green.



Cell Membrane(PlasMem Bright Green): Ex. 488 nm / Em. 500 - 560 nm

*The data is kindly provided by Dr. Hirotsugu Ishizu, Keio University School of Medicine.


Application Data: Mitochondrial detection in neuroblast (SH-SY5Y cells)

The neuroblasts SH-SY5Y cells were stained with PlasMem Bright Green (green), MitoBright LT Red (red) and Hoechst 33342 (blue), and 3D images were obtained with a confocal fluorescence microscope.




Detection condition
Plasma Membrane (PlasMem Bright Green, green): Ex. 488 nm / Em. 500 – 560 nm
Mitochondria (MitoBright LT Red, red): Ex. 561 nm / Em. 560 – 620 nm
Nuclear (Hoechst 33342, blue): Ex. 405 nm / Em. 400 – 450 nm

Protocol
(1) Wash SH-SY5Y cells with HBSS
(2) Add PlasMem Bright Green (diluted 200 times), Hoechst 33342 (final concentration: 5 µg / ml) and MitoBright LT Red (final concentration: 0.1 µmol / l) prepared in the medium.
(3) Incubate for 10 minutes
(4) Wash the cells twice with HBSS
(5) Observation with a fluorescence microscope


Application Data: Co-staining with exosomes

HeLa cells stained with PlasMem Bright Green were added with exosomes stained with the ExoSparkler Exosome Membrane labeling Kit-Red, and the uptake of exosomes into the cells was observed.


HeLa cells (Live cell)




HeLa cells (PFA fixed cells)



Plasma Membrane (PlasMem Bright Green, green): Ex. 488 nm / Em. 500 –560 nm
Exosome (ExoSparkler Exosome Membrane Labeling Kit-Red, red): Ex. 561 nm / Em. 560 –620 nm

(1) HeLa cells and incubate for 24 hours
(2) Remove the supernatant and add PlasMem Bright Green (100-fold dilution) prepared in the medium.
(3) Incubate for 10 minutes
(4) Wash the cells 3 times with HBSS
(5) Add 175 μl of MEM medium and 25 ul of Exosome solution stained with ExoSparkler Exosome Membrane Labeling Kit-Red.
(6) Incubate overnight in a CO2 incubator
(For immobilization) Wash cells twice with HBSS, add 4% PFA, incubate for 15 minutes, then wash cells twice with HBSS
(7) Observed with a confocal laser scanning microscope


Application Data: Time-lapse imaging of brain-derived mouse neuroblastoma (N1E-115 cells)

Time-lapse imaging of N1E-115 cells stained with PlasMem Bright Green diluted 200-fold in medium for 30 min.




Detection conditions
・ Cells: N1E-115 cells (brain-derived mouse neuroblastoma)
・ Medium: 5% FBS, 1% glutamine-containing D-MEM (Low-glucose)
・ Culture equipment: 35 mm glass bottom dish
・ Imaging equipment: Fluorescence microscope with incubator
・ Shooting time: 1 hour, shooting interval: 2 minutes

Data was kindly provided from Dr. K Fukui, Shibaura Institute of Technology.


Application Data: Staining of tobacoo cultured BY-2 cell

BY-2 tobacco cells were stained with PlasMem Bright Green (200-fold dilution) for 5 minutes, washed, and then long-term observation was performed for every 5 minutes. The cell membrane structure and the formation of the cell plate during the cytokinesis were clearly observed.



(Kindly provided by Dr. Daisuke Kurihara, Nagoya University)

・Observed with spinning disk confocal microscope.
・Ex: 488 nm; Em: 520/35 (502.5-537.5 nm)
・Time in this video is expressed as 00:00(hour: minute).


Application Data: Staining of Arabidopsis thaliana roots

The roots were stained with PlasMem Bright Green (200x dilution) for 15 minutes and then observed for fluorescence by z-stack photography. From the acquired 3D fluorescence images, it was confirmed that each cell membrane was fluorescently detected.



(Kindly provided by Dr. Daisuke Kurihara, Nagoya University)

・Observed with Spin disk confocal microscope, Z-stack
・Ex: 488 nm; Em: 520/35 (502.5-537.5 nm)



Application Data: Co-staining with exosomes

Exosomes stained with the ExoSparkler Exosome Membrane Labeling Kit-Red were added to HeLa cells whose cell membranes were stained with PlasMem Bright Green, and the incorporation of exosomes into the cells was observed.
As a result, we were able to visualize exosomes in membrane-derived vesicles (endosomes) of living cells and the endosomes and exosomes were observed separately.
After the cells were stained and immobilized, the exosomes in the membrane-derived vesicles (endosomes) could be visualized as in live cells.


HeLa cells (Live cell)


(Scale bar:5 µm)


HeLa cells (PFA fixed cells)


(Scale bar:10 µm)


Cell Membrane (PlasMem Bright Green): Ex. 488 nm / Em. 500 - 560 nm
Exosome (ExoSparkler Exosome Membrane Labeling Kit-Red): Ex. 561 nm / Em. 560 - 620 nm

(1) Seed HeLa cells and incubate for 24 h.
(2) Remove the supernatant and add PlasMem Bright Green (100 x diluted with medium).
(3) Incubate for 10 min.
(4) Wash the cells with HBSS three times.
(5) Add 175 μl medium and 25 μl ExoSparkler Exosome Membrane Labeling Kit-Red labeled exosomes solution.
(6) Incubate in a CO2 incubator for one night.
(For immobilization): wash the cells with HBSS twice, add 4% PFA, after 15 min incubation wash the cells with HBSS twice again.
(7) Observe with a confocal microscope.

Can I fix the cells?

Fix cells with 4% PFA is possible.
However, do not use cell permeabilization reagents which may cause loss of fluorescence.


Is it possible for long-term fluorescent observation?

It is possible.

However, please try to keep the excitation to the minimum amount. Exposure of cells to excitation light may cause cell damage and degradation of the dye, optimizing the factors such as interval time.


When preparing the working solution, is it possible to dilute it with serum-free medium or buffer?

Yes, it is possible to prepare the working solution with serum-free medium or buffer.


What should I use to wash the cells after staining?

Serum-free medium or buffers like PBS and HBSS can be used for washing the cells after staining.


After adding the working solution, is it possible to observe the fluorescence immediately?

Yes, it is possible to immediately observe the fluorescence after adding the working solution. According to the protocol, it is recommended to add the reagent and incubate for 5 minutes before observation.


It seems like some place other than cell membrane has been stained. What is the possible reasons?

There are two possible reasons:

1 Some of the reagents retained in the cell membrane are taken up into the cell by endocytosis over time.
(Please refer to the figure in "Technical Info: High retentivity on plasma membrane" on this page.)
2 If the focus is at the bottom of the cells (adhesive surface) the image may be observed as Fig. A.
Please try to adjust the height of the Z-axis as shown in Fig. B





Can I co-culture the cells stained with PlasMem Bright Green and the cells stained with PlasMem Bright Red to tell them apart?

When the cells come into contact with each other, the PlasMem dye moves to the other cells, so it cannot be told apart.


Nuclear (Blue), Mitochondria (Red), Plasma Membrane (Green)
No. Sample Instrument Reference (Link)
1) Cell (CML Cell) Fluorescence microscope T. Hoshiko, Y. Kubota, R. Onodera, T. Higashi, M. Ykoo, K. Motoyama and S. Kimura, "Folic Acid-Appended Hydroxypropyl-β-Cyclodextrin Exhibits Potent Antitumor Activity in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Cells via Autophagic Cell Death", Cancers, 2021, doi:10.3390/cancers13215413.
2) Cell (HCT116 Cell) Fluorescence microscope Z. Liu, Y. Li, Y. Zhu, N. Li, W. Li, C. Shang, G. Song, S. Li, J. Cong, T. Li, Z. Xiu, J. Lu, C. Ge, X. Yang, Y. Li, L. Sun, X. Li and N. Jin, "Apoptin induces pyroptosis of colorectal cancer cells via the GSDME-dependent pathway", Int. J. Biol. Sci., 2022, doi:10.7150/ijbs.64350.