Dual-Light™ Luciferase & β-Galactosidase Reporter Gene Assay System

Catalog number:  T1003

 Related applications: Protein Assays and Analysis

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The Dual-Light® luminescent reporter gene assay is designed for the rapid and sensitive detection of firefly luciferase and E. coli β-galactosidase in a single extract aliquot for gene expression assays.

• Detection of firefly luciferase and β-galactosidase in the same sample simplifies normalization of transfection efficiency.
• Wide dynamic range of β-galactosidase and luciferase assays enables accurate measurement of both enzymes from femtogram to nanogram range.
• Assay sensitivity is 100- to 1,000-fold better than either the isotopic⁄non-isotopic assays for chloramphenicol acetyl transferase (CAT) or the colorimetric⁄fluorescent assays for b-galactosidase, providing greater sensitivity than competing assay technologies.
• Highly sensitive assay with a wide dynamic range permits detection of high and low levels of reporter without performing numerous sample dilutions.
• Non-radioactive reporter gene assay kit eliminates concerns over use of radioisotopes.
• Assay can be completed in about one hour, providing fast assay turnaround.

Light signal from each enzymatic reaction is measured sequentially in a luminometer with automatic injectors or other instrumentation in which light emission measurements can be performed within a short period. First, luciferase reporter enzyme activity is quantitated with an enhanced luciferase reaction. Following a 30-60 minute incubation and addition of a light-emission accelerator, β-galactosidase reporter enzyme activity is determined with Galacton-Plus® substrate. Both assays are combined into one simple assay using only one extract aliquot for greater convenience and precision. The entire assay is completed in less than one hour.

Wide Dynamic Range
The wide dynamic range of this dual assay enables accurate measurement of luciferase and β-galactosidase concentrations over seven orders of magnitude, from the femtogram to nanogram range. Colorimetric and isotopic reporter gene assays cannot rival the dynamic range of the Dual-Light® system. We have formatted this assay for tube or microplate luminometer, with injection capability.

Dual-Light reporter gene assay system has been very widely used for reporter quantitation⁄transfection normalization from transiently transfected mammalian cell lines as well as transfected primary cells. In addition, it has been used with a modified lysis buffer to quantitate luciferase and β-galactosidase activities from a novel reporter fusion construct in yeast cells. For these and additional references, please see our bibliography in the Literature⁄Resources section.

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


Assay Type: β-Gal (lacZ) Assay, Luciferase Assay
Compatible Cells: Mammalian Cells, Yeast Cells
Detection Method: Chemiluminescent
For Use With (Equipment): Luminometer (Microplate), Luminometer (Tube-Based)
Form: Liquid
Format: 96-well plate
High Throughput Compatibility: High Throughput-Compatible
Product Line: Dual-Light®, NovaBright™
Product Size: 200 assays
Readout: End Point
Sample Type (Specific): Cell Cultures
Substrate: Galacton-Plus®, Luciferin
Substrate Properties: Chemical Substrate
Substrate Type: Beta-Gal Substrate, Luciferase Substrate
Target Enzyme: Beta-Galactosidase, Luciferase
Technique: Enhanced Chemiluminescence

Contents & storage

This kit contains the enzyme substrate, lysis solution, required buffers, and reaction acccelerator.
Store the product at -20°C.


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