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[Lederle] A trademark for a yellow crystalline powder. Tetracycline is composed of an antibiotic obtained from several Streptomyces species such as Streptomyces viridifaciens. It is decomposed by strong sunlight and alkaline solutions. Tetracycline is primarily used as an antibiotic. It can also be used as a fluorochrome because it induces fluorescence in mitochondria of living cells. It has a mean excitation wavelength of 390 nm (ultraviolet) and a mean emission wavelength of 560 nm (Wolbers et al., 1990).
- Decomposes in sunlight.
- Potential for allergic reactions.
- ThermoFisher: SDS
Physical and Chemical Properties
Soluble in hydrochloric acid. Soluble in ethanol, water. Insoluble in chloroform, ether.
|Melting Point||170-175 C (dec)|
Resources and Citations
- R. Wolbers, N. Sterman, C. Stavroudis, "Notes for Workshop on New Methods in the Cleaning of Paintings", Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 1990.