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DyLight™ 488 Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific DyLight 488 Antibody Labeling Kit contains an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 488 for fluorescent labeling of antibodies and other proteins to be used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods. The standard size kit contains all necessary components to perform three separate labeling reactions using 1 mg of IgG or similar quantities of other proteins.

DyLight 488 has high fluorescence intensity over a broad pH range (pH 4-9) and is more photostable than Cy2™, Alexa™ Fluor 488, FITC and LI-COR™ dyes in many applications. The high water solubility of DyLight Fluors allows a high dye-to-protein ratio to be achieved without causing precipitation of the conjugates. DyLight 488 Amine-Reactive Dye is also available as a stand-alone reagent.

Features of the DyLight 488 NHS Ester:

High performance— DyLight 488 is comparable to Alexa Fluor 488 and brighter than FITC and Cy2
Specific— NHS ester-activated dye labels proteins and other molecules at primary amines (-NH2)
Convenient kit sizes— standard and microscale sizes are offered to match your experimental needs
Optimized procedure— following the standard protocol results in antibodies with excellent dye:protein ratios and recovery rates for optimum activity and fluorescence labeling

Applications:
• Primary antibody labeling for immunofluorescence microscopy, immunohistochemistry (IHC), Western blotting or ELISA assay
• Target protein labeling for in vitro and in vivo fluorescent detection strategies

DyLight 488 Amine-Reactive Dye is activated with an N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) ester moiety to react with exposed N-terminal α-amino groups or the ε-amino groups of lysine residues to form stable amide bonds. Learn more about NHS ester chemistry.

Typical labeling reactions require the dye to first be dissolved in anhydrous dimethyl formamide (DMF) or another suitable organic solvent before adding a specific molar amount of dye to an amine-free buffer containing the protein to be labeled. However, the high solubility of DyLight Fluors permits protein solutions to be added directly to specific amounts of the labeling reagent. This feature allows DyLight 488 Amine-Reactive Dye to be provided in multiple formats with flexible protocols to achieve efficient degrees of labeling.

We also offer Standard and Microscale DyLight 488 Antibody Labeling Kits for fast and efficient fluorescent labeling of antibodies for use in fluorescence methods. The standard size kit contains all necessary components to perform three separate labeling reactions using 1 mg of IgG or similar quantities of other proteins. The microscale kit contains all of the necessary components to perform five separate labeling reactions using 100 µg of IgG. Both kit sizes include the Amine-Reactive DyLight 488 NHS-ester in convenient single-use vials as well as purification resin and spin columns for the preparation of ready-to-use conjugate.

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SiteClick™ Qdot™ 525 Antibody Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

Create a perfectly labeled antibody with the SiteClick™ Qdot® 525 Antibody Labeling Kit. This kit replaces the conventional Qdot® 525 Antibody Conjugation Kit (Q22041MP). Unlike the conventional amine-thiol crosslinker method, SiteClick™ labeling specifically attaches the label to the heavy chains of an IgG antibody ensuring that the antigen binding domains remain available for binding to your antigen target. This site selectivity is achieved by targeting the carbohydrate domains present on essentially all IgG antibodies regardless of isotype and host species. In addition, no harsh reduction steps are required, and the labeling is consistent and reproducible each time it is performed. Depending upon the label, the resulting SiteClick™ labeled antibody can be used in flow cytometry, fluorescence imaging, or western blot detection.

Important Features of the SiteClick™ Qdot® 525 Antibody Labeling Kit:

• Contains everything required to label 100 µg of IgG antibody
• Easy to follow step-by-step protocol
• Highly efficient, site-specific, reproducible labeling chemistry results in high quality antibody conjugate.
• Qdot® 525 labels can be used in confocal or traditional fluoresce microscopy.
• In flow cytometry, Qdot® 525 can be excited by the 488 nm line of the argon-ion laser, or alternatively via excitation at 405 nm. This is true of all Qdot® fluorophores.

Qdot® Fluorophores Are Our Brightest Labels
Antibody conjugates made with Qdot® fluorophores produce fluorescence output that surpasses that of traditional organic dyes. Paired with the correct optical filters, Qdot® nanocrystals are as much as 50 times brighter. Read more about Qdot® nanocrystals or review additional product details in Qdot® Nanocrystals—Section 6.6 in the Molecular Probes® Handbook.

Learn More About Protein and Antibody Labeling
We offer a wide selection of Molecular Probes® antibody and protein labeling kits (see Antibody Labeling from A to Z). To learn more about our various kits, read Kits for Labeling Proteins and Nucleic Acids—Section 1.2 in the Molecular Probes® Handbook.

Custom SiteClick™ Antibody Labeling Services
If you have an antibody that is considered "difficult to label" or has lost activity after labeling using a conventional method, please contact our custom service representatives to determine whether the SiteClick™ Antibody Labeling Service would be right for your antibody. We offer complete custom SiteClick™ antibody labeling services with the option of multiple detection molecules including biotin, Alexa Fluor® dyes, Qdot® fluorophores, R-PE, and others.

DyLight™ 488 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific DyLight 488 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit contains an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 488 for fluorescent labeling of antibodies and other proteins to be used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods. The microscale kit contains all of the necessary components to perform five separate labeling reactions using 100 µg of IgG.

DyLight 488 has high fluorescence intensity over a broad pH range (pH 4-9) and is more photostable than Cy2™, Alexa™ Fluor 488, FITC and LI-COR™ dyes in many applications. The high water solubility of DyLight Fluors allows a high dye-to-protein ratio to be achieved without causing precipitation of the conjugates. DyLight 488 Amine-Reactive Dye is also available as a stand-alone reagent.

Features of the DyLight 488 NHS Ester:

High performance— DyLight 488 is comparable to Alexa Fluor 488 and brighter than FITC and Cy2
Specific— NHS ester-activated dye labels proteins and other molecules at primary amines (-NH2)
Convenient kit sizes— standard and microscale sizes are offered to match your experimental needs
Optimized procedure— following the standard protocol results in antibodies with excellent dye:protein ratios and recovery rates for optimum activity and fluorescence labeling

Applications:
• Primary antibody labeling for immunofluorescence microscopy, immunohistochemistry (IHC), Western blotting or ELISA assay
• Target protein labeling for in vitro and in vivo fluorescent detection strategies

DyLight 488 Amine-Reactive Dye is activated with an N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) ester moiety to react with exposed N-terminal α-amino groups or the ε-amino groups of lysine residues to form stable amide bonds. Learn more about NHS ester chemistry.

Typical labeling reactions require the dye to first be dissolved in anhydrous dimethyl formamide (DMF) or another suitable organic solvent before adding a specific molar amount of dye to an amine-free buffer containing the protein to be labeled. However, the high solubility of DyLight Fluors permits protein solutions to be added directly to specific amounts of the labeling reagent. This feature allows DyLight 488 Amine-Reactive Dye to be provided in multiple formats with flexible protocols to achieve efficient degrees of labeling.

We also offer Standard and Microscale DyLight 488 Antibody Labeling Kits for fast and efficient fluorescent labeling of antibodies for use in fluorescence methods. The standard size kit contains all necessary components to perform three separate labeling reactions using 1 mg of IgG or similar quantities of other proteins. The microscale kit contains all of the necessary components to perform five separate labeling reactions using 100 µg of IgG. Both kit sizes include the Amine-Reactive DyLight 488 NHS-ester in convenient single-use vials as well as purification resin and spin columns for the preparation of ready-to-use conjugate.

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SAIVI™ Rapid Antibody Labeling Kit, Alexa Fluor™ 750 (Invitrogen™)

The Alexa Fluor® 750 SAIVI™ Antibody Labeling Kit provides a convenient means to label antibodies with an optimal degree of labeling for in vivo imaging applications (DOL; ~2) over a 6-fold antibody concentration range with no adjustments in reaction volume, dye concentration, or antibody concentration necessary. Using this procedure, optimally labeled antibodies are ready for applications that require azide-free reagents, such as live-cell imaging or direct injection into animals.

SiteClick™ Qdot™ 565 Antibody Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

Create a perfectly labeled antibody with the SiteClick™ Qdot® 565 Antibody Labeling Kit. This kit replaces the conventional Qdot® 565 Antibody Conjugation Kit (Q22031MP). Unlike the conventional amine-thiol crosslinker method, SiteClick™ labeling specifically attaches the label to the heavy chains of an IgG antibody ensuring that the antigen binding domains remain available for binding to your antigen target. This site selectivity is achieved by targeting the carbohydrate domains present on essentially all IgG antibodies regardless of isotype and host species. In addition, no harsh reduction steps are required, and the labeling is consistent and reproducible each time it is performed. Depending upon the label, the resulting SiteClick™ labeled antibody can be used in flow cytometry, fluorescence imaging, or western blot detection.

Important Features of the SiteClick™ Qdot® 565 Antibody Labeling Kit:

• Contains everything required to label 100 µg of IgG antibody
• Easy to follow step-by-step protocol
• Highly efficient, site-specific, reproducible labeling chemistry results in high quality antibody conjugate.
• Qdot® 565 labels can be used in confocal or traditional fluoresce microscopy.
• In flow cytometry, Qdot® 565 can be excited by the 488 nm line of the argon-ion laser, or alternatively via excitation at 405 nm. This is true of all Qdot® fluorophores.

Qdot® Fluorophores Are Our Brightest Labels
Antibody conjugates made with Qdot® fluorophores produce fluorescence output that surpasses that of traditional organic dyes. Paired with the correct optical filters, Qdot® nanocrystals are as much as 50 times brighter. Read more about Qdot® nanocrystals or review additional product details in Qdot® Nanocrystals—Section 6.6 in the Molecular Probes® Handbook.

Learn More About Protein and Antibody Labeling
We offer a wide selection of Molecular Probes® antibody and protein labeling kits (see Antibody Labeling from A to Z). To learn more about our various kits, read Kits for Labeling Proteins and Nucleic Acids—Section 1.2 in the Molecular Probes® Handbook.

Custom SiteClick™ Antibody Labeling Services
If you have an antibody that is considered "difficult to label" or has lost activity after labeling using a conventional method, please contact our custom service representatives to determine whether the SiteClick™ Antibody Labeling Service would be right for your antibody. We offer complete custom SiteClick™ antibody labeling services with the option of multiple detection molecules including biotin, Alexa Fluor® dyes, Qdot® fluorophores, R-PE, and others.

Pierce™ FITC Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific FITC Antibody Labeling Kit is a multi-component kit containing a high-performance derivative of fluorescein dye, activated for easy and reliable labeling of antibodies, proteins and other molecules for use as fluorescent probes.

Features of the kit:

Easy —convenient kit with FITC to label and purify antibody in about one hour
Amine-specific labeling—the isothiocyanate variety of fluorescein efficiently labels antibodies and other purified proteins at primary amines (lysine side chains)
Optimized kit procedure—following the standard protocol results in antibodies with excellent dye:protein ratios for optimum activity and fluorescence
Single-use fluors—no need to weigh tiny amounts of powder; kits contain single-use vials of reagent
Efficient purification—kits include purification resin and easy-to-use spin columns, ensuring rapid and efficient removal of non-reacted dye and excellent protein recovery

Properties of FITC:

• Alternative names: 5/6-FITC
• Chemical name: 5(6)-fluorescein isothiocyanate mixed isomer
• Molecular weight: 389.2
• Excitation source: 488 nm spectral line, argon-ion laser
• Excitation wavelength: 494 nm
• Emission wavelength: 518 nm
• Extinction coefficient: > 70,000 M-1cm-1
• CAS #: 27072-45-3
• Purity: > 95% by HPLC
• Solubility: Soluble in aqueous buffers at pH > 6
• Reactive groups: Isothiocyanate, reacts with primary amines at pH 7.0 to 9.0

Applications:
• Label antibodies for use as immunofluorescent probes
• Label oligonucleotides for hybridization probes
• Detect proteins in gels and on Western blots

Amine-reactive Fluorescein Dyes
FITC is the base fluorescein molecule functionalized with an isothiocyanate reactive group (—N=C=S) at one of two hydrogen atoms on the bottom ring of the structure. This derivative is reactive towards primary amine groups on proteins, peptides and other biomolecules. NHS-fluorescein is activated with the N-hydroxy-succinimidyl-ester (NHS ester) functional group. Compared to FITC, the NHS-ester deriviative has greater specificity toward primary amines in the presence of other nucleophiles and results in a more stable linkage following labeling. Pierce Amine-reactive Fluorescein Dyes are mixtures of isomers with reactive groups attached at the 5- and 6-positions of the bottom ring. The properties of these isomers are indistinguishable in terms of excitation and emission spectra, and for protein applications there is no need to isolate a specific isomer.

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SiteClick™ pHrodo™ iFL Red sDIBO Alkyne (Invitrogen™)

SiteClick labeled sDIBO alkynes for antibody labeling are optimized for easy attachment to azido modified antibodies using copper-free Click chemistry. This labeled sDIBO alkyne can be used with antibodies that have been modified using the SiteClick Antibody Azido Modification Kit or engineered to contain azido moieties. These labeled sDIBO alkynes are improved versions of our original DIBO cyclooctynes, yielding conjugates that are less "sticky" and that produce lower signal background in biological samples. This modular labeling system gives you the option to choose different fluorescent labels for your antibody and attach another molecule via streptavidin or your own molecule via amine-reactive or amine-containing moieties depending on your assay.

The increase in fluorescence of pHrodo iFL red dye as the pH changes from basic to acidic correlates with the acidification of intracellular vesicles, making it a valuable tool for the study of antibody internalization via endocytosis or phagocytosis and regulation by environmental factors, drugs, or pathogens.

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Custom SiteClick Antibody Labeling Service and sDIBO labels
If you have an antibody that is considered "difficult to label" or has lost activity after labeling using a conventional method, please contact our custom service representatives to determine whether the SiteClick Antibody Labeling Service would be right for your antibody. We offer complete custom SiteClick antibody labeling services with the option of multiple detection molecules including biotin, Alexa Fluor dyes, Qdot fluorophores, R-PE, chelates for PET imaging, and many others.

Alexa Fluor™ 790 Antibody Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

Molecular Probes® Alexa Fluor® antibody labeling kits provide a convenient means to label small amounts of antibodies with Alexa Fluor® dyes (choice of 10 colors). This kit is optimized for labeling 100 μg of antibody per reaction with infrared fluorescent Alexa Fluor® 790. Small amounts of other proteins (>40 kDa) can also be labeled with this kit.

The Alexa Fluor® 790 Antibody Labeling Kits contains everything you need to perform five separate labeling reactions as well as to purify the resulting conjugates. The conjugates are ideal for multiple applications, including small animal in vivo imaging, flow cytometry, fluorescent microscopy, immunohistochemistry, primary detection, ELISAs, immunocytochemistry, indirect FISH, and more.

With an excitation and emission maximum of 784/814 nm, Alexa Fluor® 790 can be efficiently excited and detected in most standard small animal in vivo imaging and fluorescent western blot imaging systems.

Important Features of Alexa Fluor® 790 Antibody Labeling Kit:

• Labeled proteins typically ready to use in 90 min (~15 min hands-on time)
• Optimized for small-scale labeling of any protein >40 kDa
• Conjugates purified using convenient spin filters
• Stabilizing proteins must be removed from the sample before labeling
• Includes detailed instructions for determining degree of labeling (DOL)

Better Results and Workflows Possible with Labeled Primary Antibodies
A primary antibody directly labeled with a fluorophore often produces lower background fluorescence and less nonspecific binding. Further, multiple primary antibodies of the same isotype or derived from the same species can easily be used in the same experiment if they are directly labeled with compatible fluorophores.

Superior Alexa Fluor® Dyes
Compared to traditional dyes, Alexa Fluor® dyes are brighter, more photostable, and more pH resistant between pH 4 and 10. And generally when using Alexa Fluor® dyes, higher degrees of labeling can be achieved without intramolecular quenching. For details see Alexa Fluor® Dyes Spanning the Visible and Infrared Spectrum—Section 1.3.

Learn More About Protein and Antibody Labeling
We offer a wide selection of Molecular Probes® antibody and protein labeling kits to fit your starting material and your experimental setup. See Antibody Labeling from A to Z or use our Labeling Chemistry Selection Tool for other choices. To learn more about our various kits, read Kits for Labeling Proteins and Nucleic Acids—Section 1.2 in the Molecular Probes® Handbook.

We’ll Make a Custom Antibody Conjugate for You
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our stocked list, we’ll prepare a custom antibody conjugate for you. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we stand by the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

Click-iT™ pHrodo™ iFL Red sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling (Invitrogen™)

The Click-iT iFL pHrodo Red sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling is optimized for easy attachment to azido-modified antibodies using copper-free Click chemistry. This sDIBO label can be used with antibodies that have been modified using the SiteClick Antibody Azido Modification Kit or antibodies that have been engineered to contain azido moieties. These sDIBO alkynes are improved versions of our original DIBO cyclooctynes, yielding conjugates that are less "sticky" and give lower signal background in biological samples.

This modular labeling system gives you the option to choose different fluorescent labels for your antibody and attach another molecule via streptavadin or your own molecule via amine-reactive or amine-containing moieties, depending on your assay.

There are multiple Click-iT sDIBO labels to choose from:
Click-iT Alexa Fluor 488 sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling
Click-iT Alexa Fluor 555 sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling
Click-iT Alexa Fluor 647 sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling
Click-iT Biotin sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling
Click-iT Amine sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling
Click-iT SDP Ester sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling

Learn more about SiteClick labeling technology ›

Custom SiteClick Antibody Labeling Service and sDIBO labels
If you have an antibody that is considered "difficult to label" or has lost activity after labeling using a conventional method, please contact our custom service representatives to determine whether the SiteClick Antibody Labeling Service would be right for your antibody. We offer complete custom SiteClick antibody labeling services with the option of multiple detection molecules including biotin, Alexa Fluor dyes, Qdot fluorophores, R-PE, chelates for PET imaging, and many others.

SiteClick™ Qdot™ 585 Antibody Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

Create a perfectly labeled antibody with the SiteClick™ Qdot® 585 Antibody Labeling Kit. This kit replaces the conventional Qdot® 585 Antibody Conjugation Kit (Q22011MP). Unlike the conventional amine-thiol crosslinker method, SiteClick™ labeling specifically attaches the label to the heavy chains of an IgG antibody ensuring that the antigen binding domains remain available for binding to your antigen target. This site selectivity is achieved by targeting the carbohydrate domains present on essentially all IgG antibodies regardless of isotype and host species. In addition, no harsh reduction steps are required, and the labeling is consistent and reproducible each time it is performed. Depending upon the label, the resulting SiteClick™ labeled antibody can be used in flow cytometry, fluorescence imaging, or western blot detection.

Important Features of the SiteClick™ Qdot® 585 Antibody Labeling Kit:

• Contains everything required to label 100 µg of IgG antibody
• Easy to follow step-by-step protocol
• Highly efficient, site-specific, reproducible labeling chemistry results in high quality antibody conjugate.
• Qdot® 585 labels can be used in confocal or traditional fluoresce microscopy.
• In flow cytometry, Qdot® 585 can be excited by the 488 nm line of the argon-ion laser, or alternatively via excitation at 405 nm. This is true of all Qdot® fluorophores.

Qdot® Fluorophores Are Our Brightest Labels
Antibody conjugates made with Qdot® fluorophores produce fluorescence output that surpasses that of traditional organic dyes. Paired with the correct optical filters, Qdot® nanocrystals are as much as 50 times brighter. Read more about Qdot® nanocrystals or review additional product details in Qdot® Nanocrystals—Section 6.6 in the Molecular Probes® Handbook.

Learn More About Protein and Antibody Labeling
We offer a wide selection of Molecular Probes® antibody and protein labeling kits (see Antibody Labeling from A to Z). To learn more about our various kits, read Kits for Labeling Proteins and Nucleic Acids—Section 1.2 in the Molecular Probes® Handbook.

Custom SiteClick™ Antibody Labeling Services
If you have an antibody that is considered "difficult to label" or has lost activity after labeling using a conventional method, please contact our custom service representatives to determine whether the SiteClick™ Antibody Labeling Service would be right for your antibody. We offer complete custom SiteClick™ antibody labeling services with the option of multiple detection molecules including biotin, Alexa Fluor® dyes, Qdot® fluorophores, R-PE, and others.

APEX™ Alexa Fluor™ 594 Antibody Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

The APEX® Antibody Labeling Kits are our best option for covalently attaching a fluorophore to small amounts of IgG antibody (~10–20 μg). It is ideal for the efficient labeling of antibodies in serum, ascites fluid, or hybridoma suspensions. Labeled antibodies are ready for use in imaging or flow cytometry applications in as little as 2.5 hours with very little hands on time.

Important Features of Alexa Fluor® APEX® Antibody Labeling Kits:

• Labeled antibodies typically ready to use in 2.5 hours (~15 minutes hands on time)
• Designed to label 10–20 μg of IgG
• Covalent attachment
• Compatible with contaminating proteins or stabilizers like BSA
• No columns needed; everything you need is supplied for 5 separate labelings
• Choose from Alexa Fluor® 488, 555, 568, 594, and 647 dyes, Oregon Green® 488 dye, Pacific Blue™ dye, and Biotin-XX.


Better Results and Workflows With Primary Labeled Antibodies
A primary antibody directly labeled with a fluorophore often produces lower background fluorescence and less nonspecific binding. Further, multiple primary antibodies of the same isotype or derived from the same species can easily be used in the same experiment if they are directly labeled with compatible fluorophores.

Contaminating Proteins or Protein Stabilizers Are Not a Problem
Many IgG antibodies are often available only in small quantities and packaged with stabilizing proteins, such as BSA, or other contaminants which can interfere with the amine-reactive labeling reagents. The APEX® Antibody Labeling Kits avoids this by utilizing a solid-phase labeling technique that captures the IgG antibody on the resin inside the APEX® antibody labeling tip. Contaminants are simply eluted through the tip, prior to applying the amine-reactive label.

Learn More about Protein and Antibody Labeling
We offer a wide selection of Molecular Probes® antibody and protein labeling kits to fit your starting material and your experimental setup. See Antibody Labeling from A to Z or use our Labeling Chemistry Selection Tool for other choices. To learn more about our various kits read Kits for Labeling Proteins and Nucleic Acids—Section 1.2 in the Molecular Probes® Handbook.

We’ll Make a Custom Antibody Conjugate for You
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our stocked list, we’ll prepare a custom antibody conjugate for you. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we stand by the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

Pierce™ NHS-Fluorescein Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific NHS-Fluorescein Antibody Labeling Kit is a multi-component kit containing a high-performance derivative of fluorescein dye, activated for easy and reliable labeling of antibodies, proteins and other molecules for use as fluorescent probes.

Features of the kit:

Easy —convenient kit with NHS-fluorescein to label and purify antibody in about one hour
Amine-specific labeling—the isothiocyanate variety of fluorescein efficiently labels antibodies and other purified proteins at primary amines (lysine side chains)
Optimized kit procedure—following the standard protocol results in antibodies with excellent dye:protein ratios for optimum activity and fluorescence
Single-use fluors—no need to weigh tiny amounts of powder; kits contain single-use vials of reagent
Efficient purification—kits include purification resin and easy-to-use spin columns, ensuring rapid and efficient removal of non-reacted dye and excellent protein recovery

NHS-fluorescein is activated with the N-hydroxy-succinimidyl-ester (NHS ester) functional group. Compared to FITC, the NHS-ester deriviative has greater specificity toward primary amines in the presence of other nucleophiles and results in a more stable linkage following labeling. Pierce Amine-reactive Fluorescein Dyes are mixtures of isomers with reactive groups attached at the 5- and 6-positions of the bottom ring. The properties of these isomers are indistinguishable in terms of excitation and emission spectra, and for protein applications there is no need to isolate a specific isomer.

Properties of NHS-Fluorescein:

• Alternative name: 5/6-FAM SE
• Chemical name: 5/6-carboxyfluorescein succinimidyl ester
• Molecular weight: 473.4
• Excitation source: 488 nm spectral line, argon-ion laser
• Excitation wavelength: 494 nm
• Emission wavelength: 518 nm
• Extinction coefficient: > 70,000 M-1cm-1
• CAS #: 117548-22-8
• Purity: > 90% by HPLC
• Solubility: Soluble in DMF or DMSO
• Reactive groups: NHS ester, reacts with primary amines at pH 7.0 to 9.0

Applications:
• Label antibodies for use as immunofluorescent probes
• Label oligonucleotides for hybridization probes
• Detect proteins in gels and on Western blots

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SiteClick™ Alexa Fluor™ 488 sDIBO Alkyne (Invitrogen™)

SiteClick labeled sDIBO alkynes for antibody labeling are optimized for easy attachment to azido modified antibodies using copper-free Click chemistry. This labeled sDIBO alkyne can be used with antibodies that have been modified using the SiteClick Antibody Azido Modification Kit or engineered to contain azido moieties. These labeled sDIBO alkynes are improved versions of our original DIBO cyclooctynes, yielding conjugates that are less "sticky" and that produce lower signal background in biological samples. This modular labeling system gives you the option to choose different fluorescent labels for your antibody and attach another molecule via streptavidin or your own molecule via amine-reactive or amine-containing moieties depending on your assay.

Learn more about SiteClick labeling technology ›

Custom SiteClick Antibody Labeling Service and sDIBO labels
If you have an antibody that is considered "difficult to label" or has lost activity after labeling using a conventional method, please contact our custom service representatives to determine whether the SiteClick Antibody Labeling Service would be right for your antibody. We offer complete custom SiteClick antibody labeling services with the option of multiple detection molecules including biotin, Alexa Fluor dyes, Qdot fluorophores, R-PE, chelates for PET imaging, and many others.

DyLight™ 550 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific DyLight 550 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit contains an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 550 used to fluorescently label antibodies and other proteins that are then used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods. The microscale kit contains all of the necessary components to perform five separate labeling reactions using 100 µg of IgG.

DyLight 550 provides vibrant orange-to-red fluorescence with better performance than other rhodamine derivatives, including Alexa Fluor™ 555, TRITC, and Cy3™ dye for fluorescent applications. The high water solubility of DyLight Fluors means that a high dye-to-protein ratio can be attained without causing precipitation of the conjugates. DyLight 550 Amine-Reactive Dye is also available as a stand-alone reagent.

Features of DyLight 550 NHS Ester:

High performance—DyLight 550 shows brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor 555, TRITC and Cy3 dye
Specific—NHS ester-activated dye labels proteins and other molecules at primary amines (-NH2)
Convenient kit sizes—standard and microscale sizes are offered to match your experimental needs
Optimized procedure—following the standard protocol results in antibodies with excellent dye:protein ratios and recovery rates for optimum activity and fluorescence labeling

Applications:
• Primary antibody labeling for immunofluorescence microscopy, immunohistochemistry (IHC), Western blotting or ELISA assay
• Target protein labeling for in vitro and in vivo fluorescent detection strategies

DyLight 550 Amine-Reactive Dye is activated with an N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) ester moiety to react with exposed N-terminal α-amino groups or the ε-amino groups of lysine residues to form stable amide bonds. Learn more about NHS ester chemistry.

Typical labeling reactions require DyLight 550 Amine-Reactive Dye to first be dissolved in anhydrous dimethyl formamide (DMF) or another suitable organic solvent before adding a specific molar amount of dye to an amine-free buffer containing the protein to be labeled. However, the high solubility of DyLight Fluors permits protein solutions to be added directly to specific amounts of the labeling reagent. This feature allows DyLight 550 Amine-Reactive Dye to be provided in multiple formats with flexible protocols to achieve efficient degrees of labeling.

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DyLight™ 350 Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific DyLight 350 Antibody Labeling Kit contains an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 350 used to fluorescently label antibodies and other proteins that are then used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods. The standard size kit contains all necessary components to perform three separate labeling reactions using 1 mg of IgG or similar quantities of other proteins.

DyLight 350 is a derivative of aminomethylcoumarine acetate (AMCA) and has a higher fluorescence intensity than Alexa Fluor™ 350 and AMCA in many applications. The high water solubility of DyLight Fluors means that a high dye-to-protein ratio can be attained without causing precipitation of the conjugates. DyLight 350 Amine-Reactive Dye is also available as a stand-alone reagent.

Features of DyLight 350 NHS Ester:

High performance—DyLight 350 shows brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor 350 and AMCA
Specific—NHS ester-activated dye labels proteins and other molecules at primary amines (-NH2)
Convenient kit sizes—standard and microscale sizes are offered to match your experimental needs
Optimized procedure—following the standard protocol results in antibodies with excellent dye:protein ratios and recovery rates for optimum activity and fluorescence labeling

Applications
• Primary antibody labeling for immunofluorescence microscopy, immunohistochemistry (IHC), Western blotting or ELISA assay
• Target protein labeling for in vitro and in vivo fluorescent detection strategies

DyLight 350 Amine-Reactive Dye is activated with an N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) ester moiety to react with exposed N-terminal α-amino groups or the ε-amino groups of lysine residues to form stable amide bonds. Learn more about NHS ester chemistry.

Typical labeling reactions require DyLight 350 Amine-Reactive Dye to first be dissolved in anhydrous dimethyl formamide (DMF) or another suitable organic solvent before adding a specific molar amount of dye to an amine-free buffer containing the protein to be labeled. However, the high solubility of DyLight Fluors permits protein solutions to be added directly to specific amounts of the labeling reagent. This feature allows DyLight 350 Amine-Reactive Dye to be provided in multiple formats with flexible protocols to achieve efficient degrees of labeling.

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