Discontinued Product

RuBi-5-HT (Cat. No. 3856) has been withdrawn from sale for commercial reasons.
Cat.No. 3856 - RuBi-5-HT | C33H37F12N6OP3Ru
Description: RuBi-caged serotonin
Chemical Name: (bis(2,2'-Bipyridine-N,N')trimethylphosphine)-5-hydroxytryptamine ruthenium(2+) dihexafluorophosphate complex
Citations (1)
Literature (3)

Biological Activity

RuBi-caged version of serotonin (Cat. No. 3547). Excited by visible wavelengths (450 nm). Has no effect on firing of pyramidal neurons in mice; uncaging with blue light alters firing rate of COM and CPn neurons, which is blocked by MDL 100907 (Cat. No. 4173).

Licensing Information

Sold under licence from Columbia University

Technical Data

M. Wt 955.66
Formula C33H37F12N6OP3Ru
Storage Store at -20°C
PubChem ID 91826073
Smiles [Ru++].CP(C)C.F[P-](F)(F)(F)(F)F.F[P-](F)(F)(F)(F)F.C1=CN=C(C=C1)C1=CC=CC=N1.C1=CC=C(N=C1)C1=CC=CC=N1.NCCC1=CNC2=C1C=C(O)C=C2

The technical data provided above is for guidance only. For batch specific data refer to the Certificate of Analysis.

Tocris products are intended for laboratory research use only, unless stated otherwise.


Please refer to these solubility guidelines for RuBi-5-HT (Cat. No. 3856).


References are publications that support the biological activity of the product.

Zayat et al (2006) Ruthenium(II) bipyridyl complexes as photolabile caging groups for amines. Inorg. Chem. 45 1728 PMID: 16471986

Cabrera et al (2017) A visible-light-sensitive caged serotonin. ACS Chem.Neurosci. 8 1036 PMID: 28460173

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1 Citation for RuBi-5-HT

Citations are publications that use Tocris products. Selected citations for RuBi-5-HT include:

Baj et al (2012) Physical exercise and antidepressants enhance BDNF targeting in hippocampal CA3 dendrites: further evidence of a spatial code for BDNF splice variants. Neuropsychopharmacology 37 1600 PMID: 22318196

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