Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary Fluorescence spectra of leukocytes stained by both mithramycin and DAPI showed that the fluorescence of the two dyes can be separated efficiently by using different excitation wavelengths, for instance the 435 nm and the 365 nm mercury lines. In human chromosomes the complementary (“reverse”) banding pattern produced by these dyes may thus be observed on double stained chromosome spreads. In plants, for instance in Anemone blanda, the two dyes may reveal two different banding patterns. The results of absorption and fluorescence measurements suggest the existence of at least two binding sites, or types, for each dye, with different fluorescent yields and binding strengths.
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