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Non muscle myosin II ATPase inhibitor
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(-)-Blebbistatin is a cell-permeable non-muscle myosin II ATPases inhibitor with an IC50 range of 2 μM [1,2].

Non-muscle myosin II (NM II), an actin-binding protein, plays a central role in regulation of cell migration, adhesion and differentiation [4]. Recent insight into the importance of NM II in these processes has been highlighted by genetic deletion and mutation methods that discovered NM II mutations affect the function of a wide range of proteins and cause monogenic diseases [5.6].

(-)-Blebbistatin is a small molecule inhibitor and preferentially binds to the myosin-ADP-Pi complex to slow down phosphate release [2]. The inhibitor completely eliminate contraction of activity of actin-activated Mg-ATPase and motility of myosins II for several species in vitro (IC50 = 0.5-5.0 μM) [8,9], but it has poor effects on smooth muscle myosin II (IC50 =80 μM) and myosins I,V, and X [3]. Furthermore, blebbistatin can potently inhibit mammalian arterial smooth muscle (IC50=5 μM) [9]. The property that blebbistatin blocks myosin II in an actin-detached state and prevents rigid actomyosin cross-linking is a great advantage in vivo applications [2,11].

In a constant-pressure grant perfusion model system, the CB and TM cells were treated with blebbistatin (10-200 M) and cell morphology was changed, and actin stress fiber content decreased. The blebbistatin effect was completely reversible by washout within 24 hours [10]. Blebbistatin inhibited single cellular contraction without altering the morphologies of intracellular calcium transients (IC50 = 0.43 μM). Exposure to UV light at wavelengths below 488 nm can also cause blebbistatin rapidly suppressed. [8].

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[2].  Kovacs M, Toth J, Hetenyi C, Malnasi-Csizmadia A, Sellers JR. Mechanism of blebbistatin inhibition of myosin II. J Biol Chem, 2004, 279:35557–35563.
[3].  Limouze J, Straight AF, Mitchison T, Sellers JR. Specificity of blebbistatin, an inhibitor of myosin II. J Muscle Res Cell Motil, 2004, 25:337–341.
[4].  Miguel Vicente-Manzanares, Xuefei Ma, Robert S. Adelstein,Alan Rick Horwitz. Non-muscle myosin II takes centre stage in cell adhesion and migration.Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol, 2009 Nov, 10(11): 778–790.
[5].  Burt RA, Joseph JE, Milliken S, Collinge JE, Kile BT. Description of a novel mutation leading to MYH9-related disease. Thrombosis Research, 2008, 122(6): 861-863.
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[8].  Fedorov VV, Lozinsky IT, Sosunov EA, Anyukhovsky EP, Rosen MR, Balke CW, et al. Application of blebbistatin as an excitation-contraction uncoupler for electrophysiologic study of rat and rabbit hearts. Heart rhythm: the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, 2007, 4:619-626.
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Chemical Properties

Physical AppearanceA solid
StorageStore at -20°C
Cas No.856925-71-8
Solubility≥14.6 mg/mL in DMSO,insoluble in EtOH,insoluble in H2O
Chemical Name(S)-3a-hydroxy-6-methyl-1-phenyl-3,3a-dihydro-1H-pyrrolo[2,3-b]quinolin-4(2H)-one
SDFDownload SDF
Canonical SMILESO[[email protected]@]12CCN(C3=CC=CC=C3)C1=NC4=CC=C(C)C=C4C2=O
Shipping ConditionEvaluation sample solution : ship with blue ice.All other available size: ship with RT , or blue ice upon request
General tipsFor obtaining a higher solubility , please warm the tube at 37 ℃ and shake it in the ultrasonic bath for a while.Stock solution can be stored below -20℃ for several months.


Kinase experiment [1]:

Actin-activated MgATPase assay

Actin-activated MgATPase activity is measured using an NADH-coupled assay in a Beckman DU 640 spectrophotometer. Blebbistatin [a racemic mixture of the (+) and (-) enantiomers] is added from stocks dissolved in DMSO and the DMSO concentration is maintained at a constant concentration of 5% in all samples.

Cell experiment [2, 3]:

Cell lines

Bovine corneal endothelial cells (BCECs)

Preparation method

The solubility of this compound in DMSO is > 10 mM. General tips for obtaining a higher concentration: Please warm the tube at 37℃ for 10 minutes and/or shake it in the ultrasonic bath for a while. Stock solution can be stored below -20℃ for several months.

Reacting condition

10 μM for 5 min; or 5 μM for 20 minutes


Blebbistatin effectively inhibited actin-myosin interaction in mouse cardiac muscle through a mechanism independent on Ca2+ influx and activation systems. In addition, blebbistatin prevented thrombin-mediated inhibition of intercellular calcium wave propagation in bovine corneal endothelial cells.

Animal experiment [4]:

Animal models

Zebrafish embryos model

Dosage form

5-25 μM


Blebbistatin treatment induced zebrafish embryos cardia bifida in a dose-dependent manner.

Other notes

Please test the solubility of all compounds indoor, and the actual solubility may slightly differ with the theoretical value. This is caused by an experimental system error and it is normal.


1. Limouze, J., Straight, A. F., Mitchison, T. and Sellers, J. R. (2004) Specificity of blebbistatin, an inhibitor of myosin II. J Muscle Res Cell Motil. 25, 337-341

2. Ponsaerts, R., D'Hondt, C., Bultynck, G., Srinivas, S. P., Vereecke, J. and Himpens, B. (2008) The myosin II ATPase inhibitor blebbistatin prevents thrombin-induced inhibition of intercellular calcium wave propagation in corneal endothelial cells. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 49, 4816-4827

3. Dou, Y., Arlock, P. and Arner, A. (2007) Blebbistatin specifically inhibits actin-myosin interaction in mouse cardiac muscle. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 293, C1148-1153

4. Wang, X., Chong, M., Wang, H., Zhang, J., Xu, H. and Liu, D. (2015) Block the function of nonmuscle myosin II by blebbistatin induces zebrafish embryo cardia bifida. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 51, 211-217

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