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APEX™ Alexa Fluor™ 568 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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Alexa Fluor™ 680 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® 680. Small amounts of other proteins (>40 kDa) can also be labeled with this kit.

The Alexa Fluor® 680 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 684/707 nm, Alexa Fluor® 680 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® 680 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.

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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Alexa Fluor™ 532 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 green-yellow fluorescent Alexa Fluor® 532. Comparably small amounts of other proteins (>40 kDa) can also be labeled.

The kit contains everything you need to perform five separate labeling reactions as well as to purify the resulting conjugates. Conjugates are ideal for multiple applications, including flow cytometry, fluorescent microscopy, immunohistochemistry, primary detection, ELISAs, immunocytochemistry, indirect FISH, and more.

Important Features of Alexa Fluor® 532 Antibody Labeling Kit:
• With an excitation and emission maximum of 530/554 nm, Alexa Fluor® 532 can be efficiently excited using a 532 nm Nd:YAG laser line and detected under standard Rhodamine 6G filters
• Labeled proteins typically ready to use typically in 90 min (~15 min hands-on time)
• Useful for labeling 100 µg of protein
• Optimized for small-scale labeling of any protein >40 kDa
• 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 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.

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 for use in diagnostic procedures.

DyLight™ 405 Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific DyLight 405 Antibody Labeling Kit contains an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 405 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 405 has a vibrant blue fluorescence intensity that replaces Alexa Fluor™ 405, Cascade™ Blue 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 405 Amine-Reactive Dye is also available as a stand-alone reagent.

Features of the DyLight 405 Amine-Reactive Dye:

High performance— DyLight 405 shows bright fluorescence and replaces Alexa Fluor 405, Cascade Blue 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 405 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 405 Amine-Reactive Dye to be provided in multiple formats with flexible protocols to achieve efficient degrees of labeling.

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DyLight™ 800 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 800 Amine-Reactive Dye is an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 800 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—the amine-reactive DyLight 800 NHS-ester in convenient single-use vials as well as purification resin and spin columns for the preparation of ready-to-use conjugate.

DyLight 800 is a near-IR fluor that is invisible to the naked eye but increases the staining options when using infrared imaging systems. DyLight 800 has spectral properties that are very similar to other near-IR dyes, including Alexa Fluor™ 790 and IRDye™ 800. 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 800 Amine-Reactive Dye is available as a stand-alone reagent or as part of two antibody labeling kit sizes.

Features of DyLight 800 NHS Ester:

High performance— DyLight 800 replaces Alexa Fluor 800 and IRDye 800 for near-infrared staining
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 800 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 800 Amine-Reactive Dye to be provided in multiple formats with flexible protocols to achieve efficient degrees of labeling.

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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.

SiteClick™ Antibody Azido Modification Kit (Invitrogen™)

Create a label-ready site-specific azido-modified antibody without lengthy and inefficient genetic modification using the SiteClick Antibody Azido Modification Kit. SiteClick labeling uses enzymes to specifically attach an azido moiety to the heavy chains of an IgG antibody, ensuring that the antigen binding domains remain unaltered for binding to the antigen target. This site selectivity is achieved by targeting the carbohydrate domains present on essentially all IgG antibodies regardless of isotype and host species. Once azido–modified, a variety of sDIBO alkyne labels are available for attachment to the antibody via Click chemistry (see list below). This provides the flexibility to choose different labels for your antibody depending on your assay.

Features of the SiteClickAntibody Azido Modification Kit:
• Contains everything required to label 100–250 µg of IgG antibody
• Easy-to-follow step-by-step protocol
• Highly efficient, site-specific, reproducible labeling chemistry results in high quality antibody conjugate

Learn more about SiteClick labeling technology ›

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Custom SiteClick Antibody Labeling Service
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.

EZ-Link™ Plus Activated Peroxidase Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific Pierce Plus Activated Peroxidase is an amine-reactive form of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) that provides coupling efficiencies of greater than 95% with antibodies and other proteins. Each kit contains 5 x 1 mg of lyophilized HRP and sufficient Sodium cyanoborohydride solution, quenching buffer, and buffers to conjugate 5 mg of Immunoglobulin (IgG)

Features of the Thermo Scientific Pierce Plus Activated Peroxidase Kit:

Activated HRP – periodate-treated, aldehyde-activated horseradish peroxidase, ready for conjugation to antibodies and other proteins at sites of primary amines (e.g., lysines)
Permanent conjugation – reacts efficiently (95%) with primary amines to form covalent amide bonds upon treatment with sodium cyanoborohydride (included in kit)
High activity HRP – enzyme activity is 120 to 200 units/mg; lyophilized, activated enzyme is stable for at least 12 months at -20°C
Convenient quantities – each 1 mg-quantity of activated enzyme is sufficient for reaction with 1 mg of IgG to produce about 0.5 mL of conjugate
Customizable – vary the molar ratios, reaction buffer and pH, and other parameters to acheive conjugates with different levels of HRP incorporation and activity

Plus Activated Peroxidase is horseradish peroxidase (HRP) enzyme, whose native carbohydrates (sugars) have been gently oxidized with periodate to produce amine-reactive aldehyde groups. These carbonyls of Plus Activated Peroxidase spontaneously and efficiently crosslink with primary amines on antibody or other proteins. The method is more effective than other amine-reactive chemistries, such as glutaraldehyde coupling, which often causes polymerization and a greater degree of conjugate inactivation. The pre-activated enzyme eliminates the difficulties inherent in preparing and validating activated peroxidase from scratch. The kit provides the enzyme, accessory reagents and protocol to easily produce high-performance conjugates for Western blotting, ELISA and other detection techniques.

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

Thermo Scientific NHS-Rhodamine is a high-performance derivative of rhodamine dye, activated for easy and reliable labeling of antibodies, proteins and other molecules for use as fluorescent probes. Use our NHS-Rhodamine Antibody Labeling Kit to label and purify antibodies in about one hour.

Features of NHS-Rhodamine :

Amine-specific labeling—NHS-ester varieties of rhodamine efficiently label antibodies and other purified proteins at primary amines (lysine side chains)
Optimized 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 powder; kit contains single-use vials of reagent
Efficient purification—kit includes purification resin and easy-to-use spin columns, ensuring rapid and efficient removal of non-reacted dye and excellent protein recovery

NHS Rhodamine is an amine-reactive derivative of rhodamine dye that has wide-ranging application as antibody and other probe labels for use in fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry and immunofluorescence-based assays such as western blotting and ELISA.

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

Properties of Rhodamine Dyes:
Thermo Scientific Pierce Rhodamine 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.

NHS-Rhodamine is activated with the N-hydroxy-succinimidyl-ester (NHS ester) functional group. Compared to TRITC, 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.

Application Data:

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SiteClick™ Qdot™ 625 Antibody Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

Create a perfectly labeled antibody with the SiteClick™ Qdot® 625 Antibody Labeling Kit. This kit replaces the conventional Qdot® 625 Antibody Conjugation Kit (A10197). 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® 625 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® 625 labels can be used in confocal or traditional fluorescence microscopy.
• In flow cytometry, Qdot® 625 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™ 680 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific DyLight 680 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit contains an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 680 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—the amine-reactive DyLight 680 NHS-ester in convenient single-use vials, as well as purification resin and spin columns for the preparation of ready-to-use conjugate..

DyLight 680 produces near-infrared (IR) fluorescence that replaces other near-IR dyes, including Cy5.5™ dye and Alexa Fluor™ 680, and is ideal for multi-color 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 680 Amine-Reactive Dye is also available as a stand-alone reagent.

Features of DyLight 680 NHS-Ester:

High performance—DyLight 680 fluoresces brighter than Alexa Fluor 680 and Cy5.5 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 680 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 680 Amine-Reactive Dye to be provided in multiple formats with flexible protocols to achieve efficient degrees of labeling.

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Zenon™ pHrodo™ iFL Red Mouse IgG Labeling Reagent (Invitrogen™)

Zenon labeling technology provides a fast, versatile, and reliable method for adding a fluorescent label to an antibody. Only a small amount of starting material is needed, and the method is optimized for efficient labeling of antibodies in serum, ascites fluid, or hybridoma suspensions.

Combined with pHrodo iFL dye, this technology provides a rapid, scalable, and easy way to determine how well an antibody internalizes into target cells. pHrodo iFL Red dye dramatically increases its fluorescence as the pH of its surroundings becomes more acidic.

• Labeled antibodies typically ready to use in 10 minutes
• Simple, no purification required
• Fast, accurate internalization results—no need for wash steps or quenchers

Preserve primary antibody function and affinities
Reactive dye labeling of primary antibodies can have unpredictable and undesirable outcomes. One of these is reduced binding affinity due to label addition in the binding pocket. The Zenon antibody labeling approach, which is targeted to the Fc tail, avoids this outcome.

Custom antibody conjugates
If the antibody conjugate you need is not available as one of our stocked products, we will 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.

APEX™ Alexa Fluor™ 488 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.