No-Stain™ Protein Labeling Reagent

Catalog number:  A44449

Related applications:

Protein Electrophoresis & Western Blotting

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The Invitrogen No-Stain Protein Labeling Reagent provides a flexible, accurate, rapid, and reliable method to visualize and normalize proteins in a gel or on a membrane (post-transfer). It forms covalent bonds to proteins in gels or on membranes within 10 minutes, does not require any de-staining steps, and can be instantly visualized using any commonly available imager. No-Stain reagent does not require any particular gels or other reagents and is compatible with gel stains and western workflows.

Instant visualization of proteins in gels
Coomassie and other gel staining and de-staining steps can be extremely time consuming and cumbersome. No-Stain Protein Labeling Reagent forms covalent bonds with the lysine amino acid side chains on all proteins in a gel within 10 minutes. Since lysine is one of the most abundant amino acids, No-Stain reagent enables detection of all proteins in a gel or on a membrane, and the strong signal emission from the covalently bonded reagent provides nanogram-level sensitivity.

Alternative to traditional gel staining reagents—provides more accurate normalization over a wide range of protein lysate concentrations (1–80 µg)
Sensitive—lower limit of detection of 20 ng per band
Specific—forms bonds only with the lysine side chains of proteins. Unbound reagent does not emit, thereby enabling a superior signal-to-noise ratio
Flexible—no need to change your gels to get stain-free convenience. No-Stain reagent provides stain-free convenience with any gel type (precast or pour-your-own gel)

Achieve the gold standard for quantitative western blotting
Protein normalization is a critical step in obtaining reliable and reproducible quantitative western blotting. Total protein normalization is considered the gold standard for quantitative western blotting. Many leading journals have developed guidelines for submitting western blotting research and select quotes from those guidelines are provided below.

• “For quantitative comparisons, appropriate reagents, controls and imaging methods with linear signal ranges should be used” – Nature
• “Record how data were obtained, whether signal intensity was linear with antigen loading, and how protein loading was normalized” – Journal of Biological Chemistry
• “Normalize signal intensity to total protein loading (assessed by staining membranes for total protein) whenever possible” – Journal of Biological Chemistry
• “House-keeping proteins should not be used for normalization without evidence that manipulations do not affect expression” – Journal of Biological Chemistry

An accurate loading control should display a linear relationship between signal intensity and sample load in all experimental conditions. The signal intensity obtained from labeling of total proteins on a membrane with No-Stain reagent ensures a linear relationship between signal intensity and sample load (see figure below) in all experimental conditions. Therefore, the use of No-Stain reagent in quantitative western blot applications enables the use of total protein as an ideal loading control.

Easy-to-use protocol—labeling of proteins within 10 minutes on either nitrocellulose or PVDF membranes
Rapid visualization using a wide-range of imagers with UV or fluorescence light sources
Accurate total protein normalization—the broad linear range for protein detection of 1–80 μg enables detection of No-Stain signal along with that of your target protein to achieve accurate total protein normalization
Sensitive and stable—nanogram level sensitivity with a stable signal that is compatible with downstream immunodetection steps
Superior analysis—housekeeping proteins are susceptible to signal saturation and other biological variations which are not observed when using No-Stain reagent for total protein normalization

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For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.


Buffer Type: Assay Buffer
Comments: The No-Stain Protein Labeling Reagent forms covalent bonds with the lysine amino acid side chains on all proteins
Concentrated: 40 mL
For Use With (Application): Compatible with all downstream immunodetection steps (blocking, antibody binding, chemiluminescent or fluorescence based detection
For Use With (Equipment): Compatible with wide-range of imagers with UV or Fluorescence light sources, for example, the iBright imager
Gel Compatibility: Compatible with any gel type and any gel chemistry
Gel Type: SDS-PAGE Gel (any)
Membrane Compatibility: Nitrocellulose,PVDF
Number of Reactions: A standard kit will label 40 mini gels or 40 mini gel-sized membranes
Product Line: Invitrogen
Product Size: 40 reactions
Reaction Time: 10 minutes
Shelf Life: 1 year from date of manufacturing
Shipping Condition: Dry Ice

Contents & storage

• No-Stain activator, 800 µL, store at -20°C
• No-Stain derivatizer, 800 µL, store at -20°C
• 2 x No-Stain labeling buffer, 20 mL, store at 15–30°C