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Frequently Asked Questions
Aco-Dyes are best stored at 4°C, protected from light, for up to 6 weeks. Our 500-test kit format is supplied in multiple tubes to ensure long-term stability. We store them in ultra-pure sterile water for long-term storage to prevent contamination.
We do not recommend freeze-thaw cycles. Users have reported successful staining after 3 months of storage at 4C however we recommend using a stock solution up to 6 weeks in order to ensure optimal performance.
We recommend using Milli-Q water or standard formulations of PBS or TAE without additives like BSA or detergents.
We recommend performing a titration in your initial experiments to determine the optimal Aco-Dye concentrations for your EV samples. However, as a starting point: For 1e9 particles/mL, we suggest using a final Aco-Dye concentration ranging from 0.1 to 1 µM.
For 1e10 particles/mL, we recommend a concentration range of 1 to 10 µM.
Keep in mind that for every 10x increase in the concentration of particles, the concentration of dyes should also increase by 10X.
We recommend staining for 30 minutes to 1 hour at room temperature or 37°C. Staining at 4°C is suitable for longer incubations if desired.
Yes, we recommend staining with Aco-Dye as the last in your protocol.
You can use an Amicon Ultrafiltration tube or dialysis; both methods work well with a 100 kDa MWCO.
Sonication is highly recommended for nano-based experiments to ensure the Aco-Dye is fully solubilized. If you don’t have access to a sonicator, vortex the solution and briefly centrifuge, then repeat as needed.
Yes, please check out our publications for further details.
Aco-Dyes are soluble in DMSO, ethanol, and methanol.
No, Aco-490 will not be excited at 488 nm. It is suited for use on a violet laser, 405 nm.
It is crucial to add the EVs to the tube with Aco-Dye and pipet rapidly. Avoid adding the Aco-Dye to the tube of the EVs. The initial staining interaction is very fast and adding the Aco-Dye to the EV solution can result in uneven staining.