EZ-Link™ NHS-Desthiobiotin

Catalog number: 16129

Thermo Scientific™  Related applications: Protein Labeling & Crosslinking

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Thermo Scientific EZ-Link NHS-Desthiobiotin is a short, membrane permeable, amine-reactive labeling reagent whose biotin-like group is elutable from streptavidin, making it ideal for intracellular protein labeling and purification.

Features of EZ-Link NHS-Desthiobiotin:

Desthiobiotin – analog of biotin allows easy elution from streptavidin, an ideal feature for affinity purification applications
Protein labeling – tag antibodies or proteins in purified or mixed samples to enable high recovery in pull-down assays with streptavidin beads
Membrane-permeable – achieve intracellular labeling with intact cells because the small, uncharged reagent easily diffuses across cell membranes
Amine-reactive – reacts with primary amines (-NH2), such as the side-chain of lysines (K) or the amino-termini of polypeptides

NHS-Desthiobiotin is a variant of biotin that is activated as an NHS ester to covalently label primary amines (-NH2) of proteins or other molecules with desthiobiotin groups. The desthiobiotin tag binds to streptavidin and other biotin-binding proteins with high specificity yet readily elutes with mild conditions (i.e., by competitive displacement with regular, free biotin). As such, this reagent is a useful alternative to NHS-Biotin (Part No. 20217) for avidin-biotin techniques in which nondenaturing elution of the labeled proteins is desired. This simplest and smallest variety of amine-reactive desthiobiotin reagent is uncharged and cell membrane permeable; therefore, NHS-Desthiobiotin can be used with intact cells for intracellular protein labeling.

Desthiobiotin vs. Biotin
Desthiobiotin is a single-ring, sulfur-free analog of biotin that binds to streptavidin with nearly equal specificity but less affinity than biotin (1/Kd = 10^11 vs. 10^15M, respectively)[1-2]. Consequently, desthiobiotinylated bait proteins and their interacting partners can be eluted readily and specifically from streptavidin affinity resin using mild conditions based on competitive displacement with free biotin. For pull-down assay experiments with biological samples, this soft-release characteristic of desthiobiotin also helps to minimize co-purification of endogenous biotinylated molecules, which remain bound to streptavidin upon elution of the target protein complexes with free biotin. The modified avidin-biotin affinity system also eliminates the need to use harsh elution conditions that might disassociate complexes and/or damage the target protein or cell. Desthiobiotin-based techniques are ideal when using native or recombinant proteins that are not expressed with a fusion tag and when isolating captured proteins under native conditions, such as targeting intact cells or cell surface proteins.

Labeling with NHS Ester Reagents
N-Hydroxysulfosuccinimide (NHS) esters of biotin are the most popular type of biotinylation reagent. NHS-activated biotins react efficiently with primary amino groups (-NH2) in alkaline buffers to form stable amide bonds. Proteins typically have several primary amines that are available as targets for labeling, including the side chain of lysine (K) residues and the N-terminus of each polypeptide. Most sulfo-NHS esters are directly water soluble but not membrane permeable. Plain NHS esters are less soluble in aqueous buffers but are membrane permeable.
For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.


Spacer: Short
Cell Permeability: Cell-Permeant
Label or Dye: Biotin Analog
Chemical Reactivity: Amine
Solubility: DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide), DMF (Dimethylformamide)
Product Size: 50 mg

Contents & storage

Store at -20°C.


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