DRAQ5: may be an alternative for Hoechst 33342 if I have only 488nm argon laser?

Simon Monard smonard at trudeauinstitute.org
Mon Mar 11 11:53:17 EST 2002

Hello Derek me old mate

Do you know how far in the red DRAQ5 emits, can you use it on a sorter as well as
PE/Cy5 and collect the DRAQ5 above 710nm or something?

Best         Simon

Simon Monard
FACS Lab Manager
Trudeau Institute
Saranac Lake

Ph 518 891 3080 X352

>>> daviesd2 at cancer.org.uk - 3/7/02 10:04 AM >>>
Hello Pal,

Yes, we have used DRAQ5 here as a vital DNA dye. You are right that on
excitation by a 488 Argon laser it emits in the far red so on a FACScan
or single laser FACS Calibur it will be detected in FL3. I have attached
a small graphic file to show Jurkat cells unstained and stained with 5uM
DRAQ5 for 2mins. I have run these on a Calibur with log amplification
for both FL2 and FL3 to show that no compensation is needed to remove
DRAQ5 signal from the FL2 channel. Obviously if you were using it for
quantitative DNA assessment, you would use linear amplification. There
would still be some compensation needed to remove bright PE signals from

We have used DRAQ in combination with GFP and Pyronin Y so it can be


On Wed, 6 Mar 2002, Jáksó Pál wrote:
> I read a post from Derek Davis in which DRAQ5  a far red emitting DNA
> stain from Biostatus was recommended for DNA staining for flow cytometry
> without permeabilization of living cells. I would like to ask about your
> experiences with this new DNA dye.
> I intend to measure surface immunostainings in conjuctions with DNA
> content using 488 nm argon laser. At the Biostaus website is stated that
> using together with FITC compensation is not necessary and DRAQ5 can be
> also used with PE.

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