BD Brilliant Violet™ 421 and 480 Secondary Antibody Conjugates

Add more colors to multiple labeling assays in the UV/Vis region, with Brilliant Violet 421™ and Brilliant Violet 480™ conjugated secondary antibodies. When combined with Alexa Fluor® 488, Rhodamine-Red™-X, and Alexa Fluor® 647 conjugates, effective 5-color fluorescent labeling is possible.

If nuclear counterstaining is desired, 4-color antibody staining is possible using Brilliant Violet 421, Brilliant Violet 480, Alexa Fluor® 488 and Rhodamine Red™-X. Switching the nuclear stain from DAPI (emission in the blue region) to DRAQ5™ (which has red emission) frees the violet-blue region of the spectrum to accommodate the two Brilliant Violet dyes. DRAQ5’s excitation and emission profiles overlap those of Alexa Fluor® 647.

Excitation Peak (nm)Emission Peak (nm)
Brilliant Violet 421™407421
Brilliant Violet 480™436478

We offer a range of secondary antibodies that are recommended for multiple labeling due to their minimal cross reactivity, (See our multiple labeling guidelines for more information).

Available Target Specificities for Multiple Labeling (Designated ML* in product tables)

  • Chicken IgY (IgG)
  • Goat IgG
  • Guinea Pig IgG
  • Human IgG
  • Human IgG, Fcγ Fragment Specific
  • Mouse IgG, Fcγ Fragment specific
  • Mouse IgG, Fcγ subclass specific (1 / 2a / 2b / or 3)
  • Mouse IgM
  • Rabbit IgG
  • Rat IgG
  • Rat IgG, Fcγ Fragment specific
  • Rat IgM
  • Sheep IgG

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Excitation and Emission Spectra


Excitation and emission curves for BV 421™, BV 480™, Alexa Fluor ® 488, Rhodamine Red™-X, and Alexa Fluor® 657. DRAQ5 can be used as a nuclear stain in place of Alexa Fluor 647.

Brilliant Violet™ Dyes

BD Brilliant Violet polymer chains can be considered as a collection of optical segments, each with the ability to absorb light and emit fluorescence signal. This results in materials that have a bright fluorescence signal for better resolution and sensitivity.


Light harvesting base polymers have multiple optical segments that can emit for fluorescence detection.

Recommended Filter Sets

ChannelFluorophoreExcitation (nm)Emission (nm)Chroma Filter Sets
BlueBV 421™40742149027
CyanBV 480™43647849302 or 49001

For more information on these filter sets, please go to the Chroma website.

Special Properties

FluorophoreExtinction co-efficient (M -1 cm-1)Quantum Yield (ɸF)
BV 421™25870000,91
BV 480™14160000,81

Brilliant Violet™ is a trademark of Sirigen Inc., a Becton, Dickinson and Company affiliate.