Cayman is a manufacturer, supplier, and vendor of biochemical reagents,
assay kits, forensic chemistry standards, antibodies, and proteins for
scientific research. Analytical testing services and custom synthesis are
Cayman Chemical Company
· 1180 East Ellsworth Road
· Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
Cholesterol is both an important structural component of cell membranes and an early intermediate in hormone and bile acid biosynthesis. The localization and measurement of cholesterol in cells is therefore of great interest. Filipin is the collective name given to four isomeric polyene macrolides isolated from cultures of S. filipinensis; Filipin III is the predominant isomer and the one used in most studies. Filipin binds to cholesterol in membranes, forming ultrastructural aggregates and complexes which can be visualized by freeze-fracture electron microscopy.1,2 The binding of cholesterol also decreases the intrinsic fluorescence of Filipin, and this property has also been used to detect cholesterol in membrane fractions.3
1.Castanho, M.A.R.B., Coutinho, A., and Prieto, M.J.E.Absorption and fluorescence spectra of polyene antibiotics in the presence of cholesterol. J Biol Chem267204-209(1992).
2.Miller, R.G.Mini Review. The use and abuse of filipin to localize cholesterol in membranes. Cell Biol Int Rep8(7)519-535(1984).
3.Severs, N.J., and Robenek, H.Detection of microdomains in biomembranes. An appraisal of recent developments in freeze-fracture cytochemistry. Biochim Biophys Acta737373-408(1983).
Cayman Chemical Company regularly evaluates our shipping methods to ensure product stability is maintained and our corporate environmental impact is minimized. Products selected for review are evaluated and shipping methods are certified by our Scientists. While occasionally our method of shipping a product may change, rest assured the shipping conditions on all Cayman Chemical products have been reviewed and validated.
Upon receipt, it is important to check the storage requirements of your products and place them at the appropriate temperature. Products shipped without ice may require frozen storage for long term stability.
Cayman Chemical was formed over thirty years ago by demonstrating the value of naturally growing gorgonian corals as a renewable, economically viable source of prostaglandins. Today we operate our business knowing that we owe our start to the renewable resources our environment had provided. As Cayman Chemical continues to grow we consistently evaluate our business processes to ensure we are operating at the highest environmental standards.