Schedl Lab

Washington University Genetics

DAPI Staining

Protocol by Ross Francis
Modified by Sudhir Nayak

To visualize DNA, incubate fixed samples with 100 ng/ml 4′,6′-diamidino-2-phenylindole hydrochloride (DAPI) in PBT. The staining time depends on the type of sample and varies from 5-30 min. For example, 5 min is long enough for dissected gonad arms but longer incubation (20-30 min) is required for whole mount animals(*). After staining rinse 2x with PBT and mount in DABCO.

*For whole mount animals use methanol fixation.

PBS: Sambrook et al. (Molecular Cloning).
PBT: PBS containing 0.1% Tween 20.
DAPI: 100 ug/ml stock solution in dH2O. Store at -20C.
DABCO — 1% 1,4-diazobicyclo[2,2,2]-octane (DABCO) in 90% glycerol in PBS. Store at -20 good for years.

  • Tim Schedl, Ph.D
    Department of Genetics
    Campus Box #8232
    Washington University School of Medicine
    4566 Scott Ave.
    St. Louis, MO 63110


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