Filipin (from Streptomyces filipinensis)

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08707-50 50 mg


Filipin is highly fluorescent polyene macrolide that binds specifically to cholesterol. It is widely used as a histochemical fluorescent stain for cholesterol. This method of detecting cholesterol in cell membranes is used clinically in the study and diagnosis of Type C Niemann-Pick disease. (This product is for research use only)

Filipin is a polyene antifungal antibiotic produced naturally by the bacteria Streptomyces filipinensis.


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Tamura, A. & Yui, N. Lysosomal-specific cholesterol reduction by biocleavable polyrotaxanes for ameliorating Niemann-Pick type C disease. Scientific reports 4, 4356 (2014). doi:10.1038/srep04356

Arthur, J. R., Heinecke, K. A. & Seyfried, T. N. Filipin recognizes both GM1 and cholesterol in GM1 gangliosidosis mouse brain. Journal of lipid research 52, 1345–51 (2011). doi:10.1194/jlr.M012633

Kruth, H. S., Cupp, J. E. & Khan, M. A. Method for detection and isolation of cholesteryl ester-containing ‘foam’ cells using flow cytometry. Cytometry 8, 146–152 (1987). doi:10.1002/cyto.990080207

Irritant , Skin sensitizer
Glove, chemical goggles & fume hood
Store at -20 degrees celsius

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