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DyLight 594 Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye

A bright cysteine-labeling alternative to Alexa Fluor™ 594 and Texas Red™ dyes.

DyLight 594 Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye

Thermo Scientific DyLight 594 Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is a maleimide-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 594 used to fluorescently label sulfhydryl-containing peptides, proteins and other biomolecular probes.

DyLight 594 provides vibrant orange-to-red fluorescence with better performance than other rhodamine derivatives including Alexa Fluor™ 594 and Texas Red™ dye for fluorescent applications over a broad pH range (pH 4-9). The high water solubility of DyLight Fluors means that a high dye-to-protein ratio can be attained without causing precipitation of the conjugates.


  • High performance – DyLight 594 shows brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor 594 and Texas Red
  • Specific – maleimide-activated dye labels proteins and other molecules at reduced sulfhydryls (-SH)
  • Efficient labeling methods – well-characterized chemistry and optimized protocols provide for reliable, high-quality labeling
  • Optimized antibody labeling procedure –complete protocol for IgG reduction and labeling and calculating the labeling efficiency


  • Antibody labeling for immunofluorescence applications, including immunocytochemistry (ICC), immunohistochemistry (IHC), Western blotting and ELISA assay
  • Target macromolecule labeling for in vitro and in vivo fluorescent detection strategies

Product Details:

Fluorescence detection of DyLight 550 dye
Immunofluorescence microscopy using DyLight 594 dye. Cytokeratin 18 (red) in A549 cells was fluorescently labeled using an anti-cytokeratin 18 primary antibody and DyLight 594-Conjugated Anti-Rabbit Secondary Antibody. Thermo Scientific Pierce Hoechst stain was used to fluorescently label cell nuclei.

DyLight 594 Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is activated with a maleic acid imide (maleimide) moiety to form a reactive alkylation reagent. Labeling occurs through reaction of the maleimide-activated dye with reduced sulfhydryl groups (-SH) to form stable thioether bonds. Maleimides are specific for sulfhydryl groups between pH 6.5-7.5. Learn more about maleimide chemistry.

Related Resources:

DyLight 594 Fluorophore Overview Page
Complete DyLight Fluor Product Guide

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Ordering Information
Product # Description Pkg. Size Instructions MSDS CofA Price
46608 DyLight 594 Maleimide
Formulation: Maleimide activated proprietary red fluorescent dye
Sufficient For: 1 use to label a total of 7mg of IgG using typical conditions
1mg Product Instructions for product #46608 DyLight 594 Maleimide MSDS for product #46608 DyLight 594 Maleimide Certificate of Analysis for product #46608 DyLight 594 Maleimide $210.00

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