VECTASHIELD® Hardset™ Antifade Mounting Medium with Phalloidin

Cat. No: H-1600
Price: $169.00
Unit Size: 10 ml



  • Inhibits photobleaching of fluorescent dyes and fluorescent proteins
  • Ideal refractive index (1.46)
  • Ready-to-use - from the refrigerator to the benchtop
  • No warming necessary
  • Can be stored without sealing for long term analysis
  • Hardening formulation
  • TRITC-Phalloidin counterstain
Cat. No. H-1600-10
Unit Size 10 ml
Country of Manufacture United States
Applications Immunofluorescence, In situ hybridization, Cellular Imaging
Mounting Aqueous (Hardening)
Antifade Yes
Counterstain Phalloidin Rhodamine (red fluorescence)
Cellular Stain Cytoskeleton

More Information

VECTASHIELD Antifade Mounting Medium is a unique, stable formula for preserving fluorescence. VECTASHIELD Mounting Medium prevents rapid photobleaching of fluorescent proteins and fluorescent dyes.


  • Inhibits photobleaching of dyes and fluorescent proteins
  • Ideal refractive index
  • Ready to use
  • No warming necessary
  • Offered with nuclear or cytoskeletal counterstains
  • Available in non-hardening or hardening formulations
  • Can be stored without sealing for long term analysis
  • Easy to use

The original VECTASHIELD Mounting Medium does not solidify, but remains a liquid on the slide and can be stored without sealing. If desired, coverslips can be sealed around the perimeter with nail polish or a plastic sealant. Mounted slides should be stored at 4 °C, protected from light.

VECTASHIELD Hardset Mounting Medium preserves fluorescence and hardens after coverslipping. After approximately 15 minutes at room temperature, the coverslip will become immobilized, and optimal antifade ability and refractive index will be achieved. 

VECTASHIELD Hardset Mounting Media are compatible with a wide array of fluorochromes, enzymatic substrates, and fluorescent proteins. Please consult the compatibility table (under the "Protocol/Data Sheet/MSDS" tab) to determine if VECTASHIELD will be compatible in your system.

This special formulation of VECTASHIELD Vibrance™ Mounting Medium contains TRITC-phalloidin. Phalloidin is a bicyclic heptapeptide that specifically binds at the interface between the F-actin subunits. Fluorescent derivatives of phalloidin are used to stain actin filaments. TRITC (tetramethylrhodamine) is excited at 544 nm and emits at 572 nm, producing an orange-red fluorescence.

R.J. Florijn, et. al. Cytometry, 19 (1995) 177-182.

The refractive index for VECTASHIELD Hardset Mounting Medium is 1.46.

NOTE: This product has a six month expiration date.

VECTASHIELD Mounting Medium Antifade Comparison 

Other manufacturers measure the antifade properties of their mountants using labeled microspheres or arrayed spots. Vector Labs prefers to measure antifade properties of VECTASHIELD mountants using frozen tissue sections immunohistochemically stained with fluorescently labeled secondary antibodies. Antifade capability is measured using a 40x objective with real time imaging over 30 seconds of continuous exposure to the excitation illumination. Individual intensity measurements are recorded from 6 separate labeled regions and the average is calculated. The intensity after 30 second exposure is expressed as a percentage of the intensity at zero time. The values for PG are taken from the manufacturer’s published results.

VECTASHIELD Antifade Comparison


VECTASHIELD HardSet antifade properties



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