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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.

SiteClick™ Biotin Antibody Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

Unlike the conventional amine-thiol crosslinker labeling method, the SiteClick Biotin Antibody Labeling Kit specifically attaches the label to the heavy chains of an IgG antibody, ensuring that the antigen-binding domains remain available 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. In addition, no harsh reduction steps are required, and the labeling is consistent and reproducible.

Features of the SiteClickBiotin Antibody Labeling 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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Learn more about protein and antibody labeling › (We offer a wide selection of antibody and protein labeling kits.)

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™ TFPA-PEG3-Biotin (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link TFPA-PEG3-Biotin is an efficient, photoactivatable reagent based on tetrafluorophenyl azide for biotinylation and includes a 3-unit polyethylene glycol (PEG) spacer arm.

Features of EZ-Link TFPA-PEG3-Biotin:

Biomolecular labeling—biotinylate proteins, DNA, RNA and many other macromolecules, even if they do not possess primary amines or sulfhydryl groups
Photo-reactive—perfluorophenyl azido group activates upon exposure to ultraviolet light to form covalent bonds with nucleophiles and many other chemical groups
Pegylated—spacer arm contains a hydrophilic, 3-unit, polyethylene glycol (PEG) group
Enhances solubility—pegylation imparts water solubility to the biotinylated molecule, helping to prevent aggregation of biotinylated antibodies stored in solution
Irreversible—forms permanent thioether bonds; spacer arm cannot be cleaved
Solubility—best to dissolve in DMSO or DMF before further dilution in aqueous buffers
Long reach —spacer arm (total length added to target) is 33.4 angstroms, minimizing steric hindrance for binding interactions with streptavidin

TFPA-PEG3-Biotin is a photoactivatable reagent for biotinylation of antibodies, proteins and many other kinds of macromolecules. The tetrafluorophenyl azide (TFPA) group activates upon exposure to UV-Light (maximum absorptivity is at 320 nm) to insert covalently at sites containing C-H or N-H bonds. The hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) spacer arm imparts water solubility that is transferred to the biotinylated molecule, thus reducing aggregation of labeled molecules stored in solution. The PEG spacer arm also gives this reagent a long and flexible connection to minimize steric hindrance involved with binding to avidin molecules.

We manufacture biotin reagents to ensure the highest possible overall product integrity, consistency, and performance for the intended research applications.

Biotinylation reagents differ in reactivity, length, solubility, cell permeability and cleavability. Several different types of photoreactive compounds are available. Aryl azide reagents activate upon exposure to ultraviolet light initiate addition reactions with double bonds, insertion into C–H and N–H sites, or subsequent ring expansion to react with a nucleophile (e.g., primary amines).

6-FAM, SE (6-Carboxyfluorescein, Succinimidyl Ester), single isomer (Invitrogen™)

Searching for superior alternatives to fluorescein? Our Alexa Fluor Dye Series offers everything you're looking for and more.

Alexa Fluor™ 430 NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 430 is a bright, green-fluorescent dye. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 430 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 430 dye conjugated to a variety of antibodies, peptides, proteins, tracers, and amplification substrates optimized for cellular labeling and detection.

The NHS ester (or succinimidyl ester) of Alexa Fluor® 430 is the most popular tool for conjugating this dye to a protein or antibody. NHS esters can be used to label to the primary amines (R-NH2) of proteins, amine-modified oligonucleotides, and other amine-containing molecules. The resulting Alexa Fluor® conjugate will exhibit brighter fluorescence and greater photostability than the conjugates of other spectrally similar fluorophores.

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® NHS ester:

Fluorophore label: Alexa Fluor® 430 dye
Reactive group: NHS ester
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 430/545 nm
Extinction coefficient: 15,000 cm-1M-1
Molecular weight: 701.8

Typical Conjugation Reaction
You can conjugate amine-reactive reagents with virtually any protein or peptide (the provided protocol is optimized for IgG antibodies). You can scale the reaction for any amount of protein, but the concentration of the protein should be at least 2 mg/mL for optimal results. We recommend trying three different degrees of labeling, using three different molar ratios of the reactive reagent to protein.

The Alexa Fluor® NHS ester is typically dissolved in high-quality anhydrous dimethylformamide (DMF) or dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) (D12345), and the reaction is carried out in 0.1–0.2 M sodium bicarbonate buffer, pH 8.3, at room temperature for 1 hour. Because the pKa of the terminal amine is lower than that of the lysine epsilon-amino group, you may achieve more selective labeling of the amine terminus using a buffer closer to neutral pH.

Conjugate Purification
Labeled antibodies are typically separated from free Alexa Fluor® dye using a gel filtration column, such as Sephadex™ G-25, BioGel® P-30, or equivalent. For much larger or smaller proteins, select a gel filtration media with an appropriate molecular weight cut-off or purify by dialysis. We offer several purification kits optimized for different quantities of antibody conjugate:
Antibody Conjugate Purification Kit for 0.5-1 mg (A33086)
Antibody Conjugate Purification Kit for 20-50 µg (A33087)
Antibody Conjugate Purification kit for 50-100 µg (A33088)

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 our Antibody Labeling kits or use our Labeling Chemistry Selection Tool for other choices. To learn more about our labeling kits, read Kits for Labeling Proteins and Nucleic Acids—Section 1.2 in The Molecular Probes® Handbook.

We’ll Make a Custom Conjugate for You
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our online catalog, we’ll prepare a custom antibody or protein 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.

pHrodo™ iFL Red STP Ester (amine-reactive) (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive pH-sensitive pHrodo iFL Red STP Ester dye is an improved version of pHrodo Red dye optimized for the creation of bioconjugates to be used in the study of antibody internalization, endocytosis, and phagocytosis. pHrodo iFL Red dye dramatically increases fluorescence as the pH of its surroundings become more acidic. It is more soluble than the original pHrodo Red dye, making it useful for the labeling of antibodies that may otherwise precipitate out of solution during conjugation.

• Use pH-sensitive pHrodo iFL Red STP Ester to make pH-sensitive bioconjugates of your choice
• Get faster, more accurate results than with any other endocytosis or phagocytosis assay—no need for wash steps or quenchers
• Multiplex with green fluorescent markers such as GFP, pHrodo iFL Green STP, and many others

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 endocytosis or phagocytosis and their regulation by environmental factors, drugs, or pathogens. The spectral properties of pHrodo iFL Red dye make it useful for multi-color experiments. pHrodo iFL Red dye can be detected using most standard red-fluorescent filter sets and has been validated for use in a variety of applications, including flow cytometry, fluorescent microscopy, and high content screening (HCS). The lack of fluorescence of pHrodo iFL Red dye in a typical extracellular environment eliminates the need for wash steps or quencher dyes in the experimental workflow.

pHrodo iFL Red STP Ester is an amine reactive dye that can be used to make pHrodo iFL Red STP bioconjugates in aqueous buffer. The STP ester will react with primary amines on a protein, cell, or virus to create a stable conjugate that can be used in live cell assays or stored for later use.

Pierce™ Biotin (Thermo Scientific™)

Biotin, also known as vitamin H, is a small molecule (MW 244.3) that is present in tiny amounts in all living cells and is critical for a number of biological processes. The valeric acid side chain of the biotin molecule can be derivatized in order to incorporate various reactive groups that are used to attach biotin to other molecules. In the context of immunohistochemistry (IHC), biotin is conjugated to antibodies or to the enzyme reporters used to detect target antigens.

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Alexa Fluor™ 350 Protein Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

Molecular Probes® Protein Labeling Kits provide a convenient means for attaching a fluorescent label (or biotin) to an antibody (or a protein larger than 40 kDa). Conjugates are ideal for multiple applications, including flow cytometry, fluorescent microscopy, immunohistochemistry, primary detection, ELISAs, immunocytochemistry, FISH, and more. Kits are available in 12 Alexa Fluor® dye colors, biotin, the hapten Oregon Green® 488, fluorescein EX, and Texas Red® dye. Each kit provides the components needed to perform three protein conjugations and purifications.

Important Features of Protein Labeling Kits:

• Labeled proteins typically ready to use in 2 hr (~30 min hands-on time)
• Designed to label 1 mg of IgG
• Simple protocol—react, separate, use
• Stabilizing proteins must be removed from the sample before labeling

The Benefits of 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™ 780-B1 NHS Ester (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight near-infrared specialty dyes, comparable to Alexa Fluor and IRDye NIR dyes, can be used to label antibodies, peptides, and other proteins at primary amines. DyLight 780-B1 dye has a structure based on the benzopyrillium core, with 1 sulfonate. It has excitation and emission peaks at 783 and 799 nm, respectively (in ethanol).

General characteristics of DyLight near-infrared emitting specialty dyes:

Large selection—the largest family of dyes available for NIR fluorescence applications
NHS ester reactive group—allows immediate labeling of antibodies, proteins, peptides and other amine-containing molecules through amide bond formation
Broad spectrum of water solubilities—choose from hydrophilic to hydrophobic dyes to optimize the right dye label for the best performance in a given application
NIR dyes avoid background interference—DyLight NIR Dyes avoid fluorescence interference or quenching effects from biomolecules present in samples
Excellent signal penetration through cells and tissues—DyLight NIR Dyes provide the optimal window for excitation and emission for in vivo imaging applications

DyLight NIR Dyes are a family of labeling agents that can be used for bright fluorescence detection in cell-based imaging or in vivo imaging applications. NIR dyes can be selected based upon their characteristic excitation and emission properties or relative hydrophilicity and hydrophobicity attributes. Dyes that contain a greater number of negatively charged sulfonates generally will have greater water solubility than dyes with fewer sulfonates. More hydrophobic dyes often provide better cell penetrating ability in vivo, while more hydrophilic dyes have less nonspecific binding potential. Each dye contains an amine-reactive NHS ester for simple modification of antibodies, proteins, peptides or other biomolecules through amide bond formation. NIR dyes are best for imaging through tissues and away from indigenous fluorescent biomolecule interference or quenching. DyLight Near Infrared Dyes represent the largest selection of fluorescent labels that are commercially available.

Criteria to consider when choosing a DyLight NIR Specialty Dye
• Excitation and emission wavelengths—choose the best dye to match the excitation and emission capabilities of your instrument
• Water solubility—choose a DyLight NIR Dye based on its relative hydrophilicity, which directly correlates to the number of negatively-charged sulfonates it has on its core structure. More hydrophilic dyes are best at maintaining water solubility of a labeled antibody and limiting the nonspecific binding of the conjugate. More hydrophobic dyes often are best at penetrating tissues and cell membranes in vivo, meaning that dyes with fewer sulfonates may work best for some applications.
• DyLight Dye selection—the broad selection of NIR dyes allows a number of candidate dyes to be tested in a given application for optimal performance.

Applications:
In vivo or ex vivo imaging
• Tumor imaging with labeled peptides
• NIR fluorescence (NIRF) imaging of labeled silica nanoparticles
• NIR in vitro imaging and characterization
• Determination of thermal stability
• Cytotoxicity assays
• Molecular imaging
• UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy
• Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy
• MRI applications
• DNA sequencing
• Primer labeling for PCR
• 2-D gel electrophoresis
• Flow cytometry/fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS)
• Laser scanning confocal microscopy

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EZ-Link™ NHS-PEG12-Biotin, No-Weigh™ Format (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link NHS-PEG12-Biotin enables simple and efficient biotin labeling of antibodies, proteins, and any other primary amine–containing macromolecule. The hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) spacer arm imparts water solubility that is transferred to the biotinylated molecule. For example, antibodies labeled with NHS-PEG4-Biotin exhibit less aggregation when stored in solution as compared to antibodies labeled with reagents having only hydrocarbon spacers. Specific labeling of cell surface proteins is another useful application for these water-soluble and membrane-impermeable reagents.

Thermo Scientific No-Weigh products are specialty reagents provided in a pre-aliquoted format. The pre-weighed packaging prevents the loss of reagent reactivity and contamination over time by eliminating the repetitive opening and closing of the vial. The format enables use of a fresh vial of reagent each time, eliminating the hassle of weighing small amounts of reagents and reducing concerns over reagent stability.

Features of EZ-Link NHS-PEG12-Biotin:

Protein labeling—biotinylate antibodies or other proteins for detection or purification using streptavidin probes or resins
Amine-reactive—reacts with primary amines (-NH2), such as the side-chain of lysines (K) or the amino-termini of polypeptides
Pegylated—spacer arm contains a hydrophilic, 12-unit, polyethylene glycol (PEG) group
Enhances solubility—pegylation imparts water solubility to the biotinylated molecule, helping to prevent aggregation of biotinylated antibodies stored in solution
Irreversible—forms permanent amide bonds; spacer arm cannot be cleaved
Very long reach—spacer arm (total length added to target) is 56 angstroms; this reduces steric hindrance when binding to avidin molecules

NHS-PEG12-Biotin is a very long (56.0Å), pegylated, water-soluble, NHS-ester biotinylation reagent to label amines and maximize solubility of antibodies and other proteins. The N-hydroxysuccinimide ester (NHS) group reacts specifically and efficiently with lysine and N-terminal amino groups at pH 7-9 to form stable amide bonds. The hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) spacer arm imparts water solubility that is transferred to the biotinylated molecule, thus reducing aggregation of labeled proteins stored in solution. The PEG spacer arm also gives the reagent a long and flexible connection to minimize steric hindrance for binding to avidin molecules.

We manufacture biotin reagents to ensure the highest possible overall product integrity, consistency and performance for the intended research applications.

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 (e.g., antibodies) 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.

Varieties of biotin NHS-ester reagents differ in length, solubility, cell permeability and cleavability. Non-sulfonated NHS-biotins are cell permeable but must be dissolved in organic solvent such as DMSO or DMF. Sulfo-NHS biotins (and those with pegylated spacers) are directly water soluble but not membrane permeable. Varieties containing disulfide bonds can be cleaved using reducing agents, enabling the biotin group to be disconnected from the labeled protein.

pHrodo™ iFL Green STP Ester (amine-reactive) (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive pH-sensitive pHrodo iFL Green STP Ester dye is an improved version of pHrodo Green dye optimized for the creation of bioconjugates to be used in the study of antibody internalization, endocytosis, and phagocytosis. pHrodo iFL Green dye dramatically increases fluorescence as the pH of its surroundings become more acidic. It is more soluble than the original pHrodo Green dye, making it more useful for the labeling of antibodies that may otherwise precipitate out of solution during conjugation.

• Use pH-sensitive pHrodo iFL Green STP Ester to make pH-sensitive bioconjugates of your choice
• Get faster, more accurate results than with any other endocytosis or phagocytosis assay—no need for wash steps or quenchers
• Multiplex with red fluorescent markers such as RFP, pHrodo iFL Red STP, and many others

The increase in fluorescence of pHrodo iFL Green 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 endocytosis or phagocytosis and their regulation by environmental factors, drugs, or pathogens. The spectral properties of pHrodo iFL Green dye make it useful for multi-color experiments. pHrodo iFL Green dye can be detected using most standard green-fluorescent filter sets and has been validated for use in a variety of applications, including flow cytometry, fluorescent microscopy, and high content screening (HCS). The lack of fluorescence of pHrodo iFL Green dye in a typical extracellular environment eliminates the need for wash steps or quencher dyes in the experimental workflow.

pHrodo iFL Green STP Ester is an amine-reactive dye that can be used to make pHrodo iFL Green STP bioconjugates in aqueous buffer. The STP ester will react with primary amines on a protein, cell, or virus to create a stable conjugate that can be used in live cell assays or stored for later use.

Zenon™ Alexa Fluor™ 647 Rabbit IgG Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

Zenon® labeling technology provides a fast, versatile, and reliable method for adding a fluorescent label to an antibody. You need only a small amount of starting material, and the method is optimized for efficient labeling of antibodies in serum, ascites fluid, or hybridoma suspensions. Antibody conjugates formed using Zenon® technology may be used in any protocol where a directly labeled primary antibody is suitable, including flow cytometry, imaging, and high-throughput applications. This exclusive Molecular Probes® Zenon® labeling technology greatly simplifies the use of multiple mouse-derived antibodies in the same staining protocol.

Important Features of Zenon® Labeling Technology:

• Labeled antibodies typically ready to use in 10 minutes
• Requires only 1–20 μg primary antibody
• Simple, no purification required
• Flexible–over 24 fluorophores plus biotin, HRP, alkaline phosphatase, and TSA to choose from
• Multiplex with other mouse monoclonal antibodies simultaneously


Save Time and Antibody
Each kit comes with affinity-purified monovalent Fab fragment of a goat anti-Fc antibody (or, in the case of the Zenon® Goat IgG Labeling Kits, a rabbit anti-Fc antibody) that has been conjugated to one of our premier Alexa Fluor® dyes or to Pacific Blue™, Pacific Orange™, fluorescein, or Texas Red®-X dyes, biotin R-phycoerythrin (R-PE), allophycocyanin (APC), HRP, or alkaline phosphatase.

Formation of the Fab–antibody complex with the Zenon® Antibody Labeling Kits is extremely fast (5 min for complex, 5 min for blocking step). And Zenon® labeling is a reliable and reproducible method, even with as low 0.4 μg in 2 μL of primary antibody. There is minimal waste of expensive or difficult-to-obtain antibodies when using the Zenon® Antibody Labeling Kits.

Preserve Primary Antibody Function and Affinities
Reactive dye labeling of primary antibodies can have unpredictable and undesirable outcomes. Among these are reduced binding affinities by label addition in the binding pocket. Zenon® antibody labeling approach, targeted to the Fc tail, avoids this concern.

Moreover the Zenon® dye- and enzyme-labeled Fab fragments have been affinity purified during their preparation to help ensure their high affinity and selectivity for the Fc portion of the corresponding primary antibody. The procedure for chemical labeling of the Fab fragments protects the Fc-binding site, resulting in more active labeling reagents.

Many Fluorophore and Enzyme Labels Available
Zenon® immunolabeling technology makes it very easy to change fluorescent color combinations or detection methodologies by simply using a different dye- or enzyme-labeled Fab fragment from our extensive selection of over 100 Zenon® Antibody Labeling Kits. If larger quantities or covalent attachment of the label is desired, see Antibody Labeling from A to Z or use our Labeling Chemistry Selection Tool for other choices.

Zenon® Technology Simplifies the Use of Multiple Antibodies of the Same Isotype in the Same Protocol
The stability of the Zenon® complex is sufficient to allow sequential (or simultaneous) labeling of different targets in cells and tissues with multiple antibody complexes. Subsequent to staining, an aldehyde-based fixation step can permanently block the transfer of Zenon® labels between different primary antibodies and will preserve the staining pattern.

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.

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Biotin-XX Microscale Protein Labeling Kit with FluoReporter™ Biotin Quantitation Assay Kit (Invitrogen™)

Microscale Protein Labeling Kits provide a convenient means for attaching a fluorescent label to a small amount of antibody or protein (20–100 μg). The kits are available in four Alexa Fluor® colors (or biotin) and supply everything needed for three labeling and separation reactions.

Important Features of Microscale Protein Labeling Kits:

• Labeled proteins typically ready to use typically in 2 hr (~30 min hands-on time)
• Optimized for 20–100 μg of protein with molecular weights between 12 and 150 kDa
• Purified using convenient spin filters with yields between 60 and 90%
• Stabilizing proteins must be removed from the sample before labeling


Stable Reaction Chemistry and Superior Alexa Fluor® Dyes
In the Microscale Protein Labeling Kits, the reactive dye contains a tetrafluorophenyl (TFP) ester moiety that is more stable in solution than the commonly used succinimidyl (NHS) ester. TFP esters react efficiently with primary amines of proteins to form stable dye–protein conjugates. 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.

EZ-Link™ Sulfo-NHS-LC-Biotin (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link Sulfo-NHS-LC-Biotin is an intermediate-length, water-soluble biotinylation reagent for labeling antibodies, proteins and other molecules that have primary amines.

Features of EZ-Link Sulfo-NHS-LC-Biotin:

Protein labeling—biotinylate antibodies to facilitate immobilization, purification or detection using streptavidin resins or probes
Cell surface labeling—biotinylates only surface proteins of whole cells because the negatively charged reagent does not permeate cell membranes
Amine-reactive—reacts with primary amines (-NH2), such as lysine side-chains, or the amino-termini of polypeptides
Soluble—charged sulfo-NHS group increases reagent water solubility compared to ordinary NHS-ester compounds
Irreversible—forms permanent amide bonds; spacer arm cannot be cleaved
Medium length—spacer arm (total length added to target) is 22.4 angstroms; provides excellent balance between adequate length (minimal steric hindrance for biotin binding) and modest mass

Sulfo-NHS-LC-Biotin is one of three very similar EZ-Link Reagents that are water-soluble, non-cleavable, and enable simple and efficient biotinylation of antibodies, proteins and any other primary amine-containing macromolecules in solution. Specific labeling of cell surface proteins is another common application for these uniquely water-soluble and membrane impermeable reagents. Differing only in their spacer arm lengths, the three Sulfo-NHS-ester reagents offer the possibility of optimizing labeling and detection experiments where steric hindrance of biotin binding is an important factor. Sulfo-NHS-LC-Biotin is offered in several package sizes and as complete protein labeling kits.

We manufacture biotin reagents to ensure the highest possible overall product integrity, consistency, and performance for the intended research applications.

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 (e.g., antibodies) 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.

Varieties of biotin NHS-ester reagents differ in length, solubility, cell permeability and cleavability. Non-sulfonated NHS-biotins are cell permeable but must be dissolved in organic solvent such as DMSO or DMF. Sulfo-NHS biotins (and those with pegylated spacers) are directly water soluble but not membrane permeable. Varieties containing disulfide bonds can be cleaved using reducing agents, enabling the biotin group to be disconnected from the labeled protein.

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DyLight™ 680-4xPEG NHS Ester (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 680-4xPEG Amine-Reactive Dye is a derivative of our high-performance DyLight 680 Dye that can be used to fluorescently label antibodies and other proteins.

The DyLight 680-4xPEG dye contains 4 polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains that are non-cytotoxic, enhance fluorescence and reduce nonspecific binding of conjugates made with them. Conjugates made with DyLight 680-4xPEG Dye can be used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods. The far-red to NIR fluorescence properties of DyLight 680-4xPEG Dye make it especially useful in a variety of biological, chemical, and pharmaceutical applications, including in vivo imaging. The PEG chains also improve solubility of the dyes and labeled molecules in aqueous solution, aid in cell permeability and improve tissue retention.

Features of the DyLight 680-4xPEG NHS Ester:

High fluorescence intensity—significantly brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor™ 680
PEGylated—improves solubility in aqueous solution, aids in cell permeability and improves tissue retention in in vivo applications

Applications:
• Fluorescence microscopy
In vivo or ex vivo imaging
• Cell-based assays
• Flow cytometry/fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS)

DyLight 680-4xPEG 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 the labeling reagent. This feature allows DyLight 680-4xPEG 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 680-4xPEG Antibody Labeling Kits for fast and efficient fluorescent labeling of antibodies. The standard size kit contains all necessary components to perform three separate labeling reactions using 1 mg 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 IgG. Both kit sizes include the Amine-Reactive DyLight 680-4xPEG 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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