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Introducing VECTASHIELD® PLUS Antifade Mounting Media

VECTASHIELD PLUS is the second generation of the best in class antifade mounting media—VECTASHIELD. This unique, stable formula for preserving fluorescence inhibits rapid photobleaching of fluorescent proteins and fluorescent dyes. Our new non-setting formulation has been engineered to provide consistent, reliable signal retention of all commonly used fluorophores (from the visible to the far red) and eliminate blue background. VECTASHIELD PLUS enables you to see and do more with each experiment. 

Human colon stained with Vectashield Plus
Human Colon: Rabbit Anti-Cytokeratin (AE1/AE3) and Mouse Anti-Desmin detected simultaneously with VectaFluor™ Duet Double Labeling Kit; Vasculature detected using DyLight® 649 UEA I Lectin (purple). Mounted in VECTASHIELD PLUS Antifade Mounting Medium (H-1900).
Human colon stained with Vectashield plus with DAPI
Human Colon: Rabbit Anti-Cytokeratin (AE1/AE3) and Mouse Anti-Desmin detected simultaneously with VectaFluor Duet Immunofluorescence Double Labeling Kit; Dylight 488 Anti-Mouse (green) / Dylight 594 Anti-Rabbit (red). Mounted in VECTASHIELD PLUS Antifade Mounting Medium with DAPI (nuclei, blue, H-2000).

Why VECTASHIELD PLUS Mounting Media?

  • No inherent toning or background
  • Superior signal retention from the visible to the far red spectrum
  • Mounted sections can be viewed in 1 hour
  • Available with or without DAPI counterstain
  • Can be purchased in 2 convenient sizes - 2ml or 10 ml
  • Compatible with commonly used fluorophores
Plus the same features you have come to expect of the VECTASHIELD brand:
  • Ideal refractive index
  • Easy to use
  • Ready to use, requires no warming
  • No sealing of coverslips is required (curing formulations)

Easy Application and Use of VECTASHIELD PLUS

Easy application and use of Vectashield Plus

Excellent Antifade Properties Across the Spectrum, with Commonly Used Fluorophores

VECTASHIELD PLUS Mounting Media provides excellent protection against fading across the visible spectrum, even under far-red wavelengths. VECTASHIELD PLUS is also compatible with most commercially available fluorophores.

Vectashield plus shows excellent antifade properties across the spectrum

Key features of VECTASHIELD PLUS

1) No background toning

No inherent background provides sharper contrast with surrounding tissue elements for superior signal interpretation and imaging.

Vectashield Plus with DAPI image staining shows no background toning
Note black background and excellent contrast
Competitor to Vectashield Plus shows a hazy background and poor contrast
Leading non-setting antifade mounting medium with DAPI.
Note hazy background and poor contrast.

2) View sections one-hour after mounting

Serial sections stained for cytokeratin using CY 5 and imaged one-hour after mounting following a 3-minute exposure under the fluorescent microscope.

Vectashield Plus shows retention of strong specific signal, 1 hour after mounting
Mounted with VECTASHIELD PLUS (H-1900).
Note retention of strong specific signal.
Vectashield Plus competitor shows poor signal after 1 hour
Mounted with non-setting antifade media from Company N.
Note almost complete absence of specific signal.
Vectashield Plus shows high percentage of signal retention after 1 hour
Percentage of Signal Retention After 3-Minute Exposure 1 hour post-mounting.

3) Superior signal retention to enhance your assays

VECTASHIELD PLUS is suitable for use with traditional and contemporary fluorophores across the visible and far-red spectrum. The graph to the right indicates fluorescence signal retention on tissue sections mounted with VECTASHIELD PLUS and imaged 1 hour after mounting following a 3-minute exposure under a fluorescent microscope.

Vectashield Plus shows strong signal retention with 3 different fluorophores after 1 hour post-mounting

4) Choices to suit your needs

VECTASHIELD PLUS is offered with or without DAPI counterstain and is available for purchase in convenient 2 ml and 10 ml unit-sized formats.

Vectashield Plus H-1900 colon stained with cytokeratin red and Ki67 green
Colon section stained for cytokeratin (red) and Ki67 (green).
Vectashield Plus with DAPI H-2000 colon stained with cytokeratin green
Colon section stained for cytokeratin (green). Nuclear DAPI (blue) staining..

How does VECTASHIELD PLUS compare to the competition

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Excellent antifade properties of VECTASHIELD® PLUS™ Mounting Media


Product Details & Ordering Information

Product Unit Size No Counterstain With DAPI Counterstain With PI Counterstain TRITC-Phalloidin

VECTASHIELD PLUS Antifade Mounting Medium

2ml, 10ml H-1900 H-2000    

VECTASHIELD Vibrance Antifade Mounting Medium (hardening)

2ml, 10ml H-1700 H-1800    

VECTASHIELD Antifade Mounting Medium (non-hardening)

10ml H-1000-10 H-1200-10 H-1300-10  

VECTASHIELD Hardset™ Antifade Mounting Medium (hardening)

10ml H-1400-10 H-1500-10   H-1600-10