3-Aminotriazole

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Purpose

  • 3-amino-1,2,4-triazole (also called 3-AT) is a competitive inhibitor of the HIS3 gene product (imidazoleglycerol-phosphate dehydratase). Adding 3-AT to the media raises the stringency of the HIS3 selection. Frequently used in two-hybrid screens to eliminate background colonies.

Procurement

You can buy 3-amino-1,2,4-triazole for example at Sigma.

Use

  • Stored as a powder at -20. Working concentrations vary depending on the desired stringency, from 0.2 mM to 25mM.

Safety

  • Possible carcinogen. Use gloves, work in a hood.

References

Sigma product information