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LanthaScreen™ Amine Reactive Tb Chelate

As part of the LanthaScreen® TR-FRET toolbox of assay reagents, LanthaScreen® Amine Reactive Tb Chelate labeling reagent is available for assay development. The amine-reactive, isothiocyanate group conjugates to virtually any peptide or protein that contains one or more accessible amine moieties, such as the amine group found on a lysine residue or an unmodified N-terminal amine group of a peptide or protein. Amine-modified DNA oligonucleotides can be labeled as well. Energy transfer from the terbium donor to a suitable acceptor such as fluorescein is readily detected by monitoring an increase in acceptor fluorescence intensity. See the user guide for application-based protocols for labeling peptides containing free amino groups, amine-modified oligonucleotides, and IgG antibodies.

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™ 800 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 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 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™ 655 Antibody Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

Create a perfectly labeled antibody with the SiteClick™ Qdot® 655 Antibody Labeling Kit. This kit replaces the conventional Qdot® 655 Antibody Conjugation Kit (Q22021MP). 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® 655 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® 655 labels can be used in confocal or traditional fluorescence microscopy.
• In flow cytometry, Qdot® 655 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.

Fluorescein-5-EX, Succinimidyl Ester (Invitrogen™)

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

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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Alexa Fluor™ 610-X NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 610-X is a bright and photostable Texas Red® dye substitute. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 610-X dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 610–R-Phycoerythrin tandem antibody conjugates for flow cytometry.The NHS ester (or succinimidyl ester) of Alexa Fluor® 610-X 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® 610-X dye
Reactive group: NHS ester
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 603/623 nm
Extinction coefficient: 144,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: Texas Red®
Molecular weight: 1284.8

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.

Click-iT™ Biotin sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling (Invitrogen™)

The Click-iT Biotin 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™ 705 Antibody Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

Create a perfectly labeled antibody with the SiteClick™ Qdot® 705 Antibody Labeling Kit. This kit replaces the conventional Qdot® 705 Antibody Conjugation Kit (Q22061MP). 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® 705 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® 705 labels can be used in confocal or traditional fluorescence microscopy.
• In flow cytometry, Qdot® 705 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.

APTS (8-Aminopyrene-1,3,6-Trisulfonic Acid, Trisodium Salt) (Invitrogen™)

The aromatic amine of APTS (8-aminopyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonic acid, trisodium salt) can be reversibly coupled to aldehydes and ketones to form a Schiff base - which can be reduced to a stable amine derivative by sodium borohydride (NaBH4) or sodium cyanoborohydride (NaCNH3) to form new biotinylated probes.

Pacific Blue™ Succinimidyl Ester (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive Pacific Blue™ succinimidyl ester can be used to can be used to create blue-fluorescent bioconjugates with excitation/emission maxima ~410/455 nm that are excitable by the 405 nm spectral line of the blue diode (violet) laser.

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FluoReporter™ Mini-Biotin-XX Protein Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

The FluoReporter® Mini-biotin-XX Protein Labeling Kit provides a convenient and flexible means for attaching biotin-XX to your antibody or protein (>30 kDa). This kit contains a water-soluble biotin-XX sulfosuccinimidyl ester, where "XX" is a 14-atom spacer that separates the reactive ester from the biotin moiety, making the biotin more accessible to avidin or streptavidin. The kit supplies the reagents needed for 5 to 10 labeling and separation reactions.

Important Features of FluoReporter® Protein Labeling Kits:
• Labeled proteins typically ready to use in under 3 hours with very little hands-on time
• Optimized for 0.1–0.6 mg of protein with molecular weight >30 kDa
• Labeled proteins are purified using convenient spin filters
• Requires the antibody or protein be purified prior to labeling


Learn More About Protein Labeling
We offer a wide selection of Molecular Probes® protein and antibody 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 Labeled Protein for You
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our stocked list, we’ll prepare a custom labeled protein for you. Our custom services are efficient and confidential, and we stand by the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

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4-Acetamido-4'-((iodoacetyl)amino)Stilbene-2,2'-Disulfonic Acid, Disodium Salt (Invitrogen™)

The iodoacetamide derivative of stilbene (4-acetamido-4'-((iodoacetyl) amino)stilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid, disodium salt) is readily conjugated to thiols. The combination of high polarity and membrane impermeability makes this polysulfonated dye useful for determining whether thiol-containing proteins and polypeptide chains are exposed at the extracellular or cytoplsamic membrane surface. Stilbene protein adducts are charged and can be detected by gel or capillary electrophoresis.

Biotin-XX, SSE (6-((6-((Biotinoyl)Amino)Hexanoyl)amino)Hexanoic Acid, Sulfosuccinimidyl Ester, Sodium Salt) (Invitrogen™)

Biotin-XX, SSE reacts efficiently and reproducibly with amines. The biotin is well separated from the point of attachment by a 14-atom spacer consisting of two, seven-atom aminohexanoyl groups (X). This spacer enhances the accessibility of biotin to the relatively deep biotin-binding sites of avidin and streptavidin. The sulfonate group on the succinimidyl ester increases the water solubility of the reactive moiety.

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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Alexa Fluor™ 350 C5 Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 350 is a blue fluorescent dye with moderate photostability and excitation that matches the 350 nm laser line. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 350 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 350 dye conjugated to a variety of antibodies, peptides, proteins, tracers, and amplification substrates optimized for cellular labeling and detection (learn more).

The maleimide derivative of Alexa Fluor® 350 is the most popular tool for conjugating the dye to a thiol group on a protein, oligonucleotide thiophosphate, or low molecular weight ligand. The resulting Alexa Fluor® 350 conjugates exhibit brighter fluorescence and greater photostability than the conjugates of other spectrally similar fluorophores.

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® maleimide:

Fluorophore label: Alexa Fluor® 350 dye
Reactive group: maleimide
Reactivity: thiol groups on proteins and ligands, oligonucleotide thiophosphates
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 345/444 nm
Extinction coefficient: 17,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: Marina Blue
Molecular weight: 578.68

Typical Conjugation Reaction
The protein should be dissolved at a concentration of 50-100 µM in a suitable buffer (10-100 mM phosphate, Tris, or HEPES) at pH 7.0-7.5. In this pH range, the protein thiol groups are sufficiently nucleophilic that they react almost exclusively with the reagent in the presence of the more numerous protein amine groups, which are protonated and relatively unreactive. We recommend reducing any disulfide bonds at this point using a 10-fold molar excess of reducing agent such as DTT or TCEP. Excess DTT must be removed by dialysis and subsequent thiol-modification should be carried out under oxygen-free conditions to prevent reformation of the disulfide bonds; these precautions are not necessary when using TCEP prior to maleimide conjugation.

The Alexa Fluor® maleimide is typically dissolved in high-quality anhydrous dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) at a concentration of 1-10 mM immediately prior to use, and stock solutions should be protected from light as much as possible. Generally, this stock solution is added to the protein solution dropwise while stirring to produce approximately 10-20 moles of reagent per mole of protein, and the reaction is allowed to proceed at room temperature for 2 hours or at 4°C overnight, protected from light. Any unreacted thiol-reactive reagent can be consumed by adding excess glutathione, mercaptoethanol, or other soluble low molecular weight thiol.

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.

Alexa Fluor™ 405 Cadaverine (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 405 Cadaverine is useful as a polar tracer and as a reactive dye for labeling proteins via a carboxylic acid moiety. Alexa Fluor® 405 is a bright, violet dye with excitation ideally suited to the 405 nm laser line. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 405 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 405 dye conjugated to a variety of antibodies, peptides, proteins, tracers, and amplification substrates optimized for cellular labeling and detection (learn more).

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® cadaverine:

• Fluorophore label : Alexa Fluor® 405 dye
• Reactive group: cadaverine
• Reactivity: carboxylic acids, aldehydes, and ketones (and glutamine residues through an enzyme-catalyzed transamidation reaction)
• Ex/Em of the conjugate: 399/422 nm
• Extinction coefficient: 29,000 cm-1M-1
• Spectrally similar dyes: Cascade Blue
• Molecular weight: 666.58

Cell Tracking and Tracing Applications
Alexa Fluor® cadaverines make excellent fluorescent polar tracers because they are bright, small, and water soluble. Since they contain an aldehyde-fixable functional group, they can be fixed in cells by treatment with formaldehyde or glutaraldehyde. They are easily loaded into cells by microinjection, infusion from patch pipette, or uptake induced by our Influx™ Pinocytic Cell-Loading Reagent. Learn more about cell tracking and tracing.

Protein Labeling Applications
Alexa Fluor® cadaverines can be used as reactive molecules for adding a fluorescent label to carboxylic acids using a coupling agent such as a carbodiimide; they do not spontaneously react with carboxylic acids in solution. They do, however, react spontaneously with the common amine-reactive functional groups, including succinimidyl esters and isothiocyanates. The amine-containing Alexa Fluor® cadaverines can also be used to label glutamine residues in some proteins and peptides via an enzyme-catalyzed transamidation reaction.

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.

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5(6)-TAMRA (5-(and-6)-Carboxytetramethylrhodamine), mixed isomers (Invitrogen™)

5(6)-TAMRA contains a carboxylic acid that can be used to react with primary amines via carbodiimide activation of the carboxylic acid. This bright, orange-fluorescent dye produces conjugates with absorption/emission maxima of ~555/580 nm.

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.

Learn more about SiteClick labeling technology ›
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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.

Click-iT™ Amine sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling (Invitrogen™)

The Click-iT Amine 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

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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.

EZ-Link™ NHS-PEG4-Biotin (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link NHS-PEG4-Biotin is a pegylated, water-soluble reagent for simple and efficient biotin labeling of antibodies, proteins and other primary amine-containing macromolecules.

Features of EZ-Link NHS-PEG4-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, 4-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
Long reach – spacer arm (total length added to target) is 29 angstroms; this reduces steric hindrance when binding to avidin molecules

NHS-PEG4-Biotin is a long (29.0Å), 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 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.

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QSY™ 9 Carboxylic Acid, Succinimidyl Ester (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive quencher, QSY® 9 succinimidyl ester has a broad and intense visible absorption (~560 nm) but no fluorescence making it useful as an acceptor in fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) applications.

SiteClick™ Qdot™ 800 Antibody Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

Create a perfectly labeled antibody with the SiteClick™ Qdot® 800 Antibody Labeling Kit. This kit replaces the conventional Qdot® 800 Antibody Conjugation Kit (Q22071MP). 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® 800 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® 800 labels can be used in confocal or traditional fluorescence microscopy.
• In flow cytometry, Qdot® 800 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.

Alexa Fluor™ 532 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.

View a selection guide for all Protein Labeling Kits.

View the Fluorophore Selection Guide.

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.

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.

Zenon™ Alexa Fluor™ 555 Mouse IgG2a 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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Zenon® Technology: Versatile Reagents for Immunolabeling—Section 7.3

Qtracker™ 585 Cell Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

The reagents in the Qtracker® 585 Cell Labeling Kit use a custom targeting peptide to deliver yellow-fluorescent Qdot® 585 nanocrystals into the cytoplasm of live cells. Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits are designed for loading cells grown in culture with highly fluorescent Qdot® nanocrystals. Once inside the cells, Qtracker® labels provide intense, stable fluorescence that can be traced through several generations, and are not transferred to adjacent cells in a population.

Need a different emission spectrum or longer tracking? View our other mammalian cell tracking products.

Key Attributes:

Qtracker® 585 label has Ex/Em (405-545/585) nm
Designed for loading cells grown in culture with highly fluorescent Qdot® nanocrystals
Provide intense, stable fluorescence that can be traced through several generations
Available in eight colors—525 nm, 565 nm, 585 nm, 605 nm, 625 nm, 655 nm, 705 nm, or 800 nm emission
Excellent tools for long-term tracking or imaging studies of live cells, including migration, motility, morphology, and other cell function assays

The Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits use a custom targeting peptide to deliver Qdot® nanocrystals into the cytoplasm of live cells. Cytoplasmic delivery by this mechanism is not mediated by a specific enzyme; therefore, no cell-type specificity has been observed. Delivery is typically accomplished in less than 1 hour.

Qdot® nanocrystals delivered by the Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits are compatible with serum-sensitive cells; intense fluorescence is maintained in complex cellular environments and under various biological conditions including changes in intracellular pH, temperature, and metabolic activity. Furthermore, autofluorescence commonly observed in cells or tissues can be avoided using Qtracker® 655, 705, or 800 Kits.

Long-Lasting, Targeted Signal
Using Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits, you can observe labeled cells using extensive continuous illumination, without the photobleaching and degradation problems often associated with organic dyes. Qtracker® labels are distributed in vesicles in the cytoplasm, and are inherited by daughter cells for at least six generations. Fluorescence from the Qtracker® labels can be seen up to a week after delivery in some cell lines. Long-term cellular retention makes Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits ideal for studying cell motility, migration, differentiation, morphology, and many other cellular function studies. Qtracker® labels do not leak out of intact cells to be taken up by adjacent cells in the population.

Monitor the Signal on Multiple Platforms
Qtracker® reagent-labeled live cells can be easily monitored on a variety of platforms, including flow cytometry, fluorescence/confocal microscopy, fluorescence microplate readers, and high-content imaging systems.

Minimal Impact on Live Cells
The cytotoxicity of the materials use in Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits has been tested in a variety of cell lines including CHO, HeLa, U-118, 3T3, HUVEC, and Jurkat cells. Labeling with Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits appears to exert minimal impact on cellular surface marker expression, cell proliferation, cellular enzyme activity, and cell motility.

Useful in a Variety of Cell Tracing Studies
Post-labeling, researchers have demonstrated a wide variety of applications for Qtracker® labeled cells, including cell co-culture and cell assembly into heterotypic assemblies, multilineage differentiation, trans-differentiation versus cell fusion, embryonic and mesenchymal stem cell tracking, and cell migration dynamics.

FluoReporter™ FITC Protein Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

The FluoReporter® FITC Protein Labeling Kit provides a convenient and flexible means for attaching fluorescein (FITC, Ex/Em ~494/518 nm) to your monoclonal or polyclonal antibody (or any protein >30 kDa). The kit supplies the reagents needed for 5 to 10 labeling and separation reactions.

Important Features of the FluoReporter® FITC Protein Labeling Kit:

• Labeled proteins typically ready to use in under 3 hours with very little hands-on time
• Optimized for 0.2–2.0 mg of protein with molecular weight >30 kDa
• Labeled proteins are purified using convenient spin filters
• Requires the antibody or protein be purified prior to labeling


Learn More About Protein Labeling
We offer a wide selection of Molecular Probes® protein and antibody 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 Labeled Protein for You
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our stocked list, we’ll prepare a custom labeled protein for you. Our custom services are 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 human or animal therapeutic or diagnostic use.

DyLight™ 800 NHS Ester (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.

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 also available 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)
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.

We also offer Standard and Microscale DyLight 800 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 800 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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NeutrAvidin™ Protein, Maleimide-Activated (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific Maleimide-Activated NeutrAvidin Protein is a specially-prepared form of avidin that decreases background in biotin-binding.

Features of NeutrAvidin Protein:

Near-neutral isoelectric point—pI = 6.3, more neutral than native avidin
Nearly devoid of glycosylation—decreased possibility of lectin binding compared to native avidin
No RYD recognition sequence—no known off-target binding domains like streptavidin
Affordable—significantly less expensive than streptavidin

NeutrAvidin Protein is deglycosylated native avidin from egg whites. Removal of the excess carbohydrate by an exclusive process yields a protein with a more neutral isoelectric point and less nonspecific binding properties. Conjugated NeutrAvidin Protein provides exceptional performance in western blot, ELISA and IHC applications that require biotin-binding probes. Assay specificity, sensitivity, and signal-to-noise ratios with NeutrAvidin Protein are generally equivalent or better than with the significantly more expensive streptavidin.

Avidin is a glycoprotein found in the egg white and tissues of birds, reptiles and amphibia. The biotin-binding protein contains four identical subunits having a combined mass of 67,000-68,000 daltons. Removing the glycosylation from avidin yields NeutrAvidin Protein with a mass of 60,000 daltons. Carbohydrate-based lectin-binding is reduced to undetectable levels, yet biotin-binding affinity is retained. NeutrAvidin Protein offers the advantages of a neutral pI to minimize nonspecific adsorption, along with lysine residues that remain available for derivatization or other customized conjugation. NeutrAvidin Protein yields the lowest nonspecific binding among the known biotin binding proteins. The specific activity for biotin-binding is approximately 14 µg/mg of protein, which is near the theoretical maximum activity.

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4-Acetamido-4'-Maleimidylstilbene-2,2'-Disulfonic Acid, Disodium Salt (Invitrogen™)

Our 4-acetamido-4'-maleimidylstilbene-2,2'- disulfonic acid is a thiol-reactive reagent that is water soluble, with high polarity and membrane impermeability. This polysulfonated dye is useful for determining whether thiol-containing proteins and polypeptide chains are exposed at the extracellular or cytoplasmic membrane surface.

CellTrace™ BODIPY™ TR Methyl Ester (Lipophilic Counterstain For GFP) (Invitrogen™)

The red-fluorescent CellTrace™ BODIPY® TR methyl ester is an excellent counterstain for cells and tissues that are expressing GFP. CellTrace™ BODIPY® TR methyl ester readily permeates cell membranes and selectively stains mitochondria and endomembranous organelles such as endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus, but does not appear to localize in the plasma membrane. CellTrace™ BODIPY® TR methyl ester staining is retained after paraformaldehyde fixation.

DyLight™ 680 Maleimide (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 680 Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is a maleimide-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 680 used to fluorescently label sulfhydryl-containing peptides, proteins and other biomolecular probes.

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.

Features of DyLight 680 Maleimide:

High performance—DyLight 680 fluoresces brighter than Alexa Fluor 680 and Cy5.5 dyes
Specific—maleimide-activated dye labels proteins and other molecules at reduced sulfhydryls (-SH)
Efficient labeling methods—well-characterized chemistry and optimized protocols provide for reliable, high-quality labeling
Optimized antibody labeling procedure—complete protocol for IgG reduction and labeling and calculating the labeling efficiency

Applications:
• Antibody labeling for immunofluorescence applications, including immunocytochemistry (ICC), immunohistochemistry (IHC), Western blotting and ELISA assay
• Target macromolecule labeling for in vitro and in vivo fluorescent detection strategies

DyLight 680 Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is activated with a maleic acid imide (maleimide) moiety to form a reactive alkylation reagent. Labeling occurs through reaction of the maleimide-activated dye with reduced sulfhydryl groups (-SH) to form stable thioether bonds. Maleimides are specific for sulfhydryl groups between pH 6.5-7.5. Learn more about maleimide chemistry.

N-Methylisatoic Anhydride, high purity (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive N-methylisatoic anhydride can be used to create fluorescent bioconjugates with absorption/emission maxima ~316/386 nm.

DyLight™ 780-B3 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-B3 dye has a structure based on the benzopyrillium core, with 3 sulfonates. It has excitation and emission peaks at 785 and 794 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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Alexa Fluor™ 488 Cadaverine (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 488 Cadaverine is useful as a polar tracer and as a reactive dye for labeling proteins via a carboxylic acid moiety. Alexa Fluor® 488 is a bright, green-fluorescent dye with excitation ideally suited to the 488 nm laser line. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 488 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 488 dye conjugated to a variety of antibodies, peptides, proteins, tracers, and amplification substrates optimized for cellular labeling and detection (learn more).

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® cadaverine:

• Fluorophore label : Alexa Fluor® 488 dye
• Reactive group: cadaverine
• Reactivity: carboxylic acids, aldehydes, and ketones (and glutamine residues through an enzyme-catalyzed transamidation reaction)
• Ex/Em of the conjugate: 493/516 nm
• Extinction coefficient: 73,000 cm-1M-1
• Spectrally similar dyes: FITC, GFP
• Molecular weight: 640.61

Cell Tracking and Tracing Applications
Alexa Fluor® cadaverines make excellent fluorescent polar tracers because they are bright, small, and water soluble. Since they contain an aldehyde-fixable functional group, they can be fixed in cells by treatment with formaldehyde or glutaraldehyde. They are easily loaded into cells by microinjection, infusion from patch pipette, or uptake induced by our Influx™ Pinocytic Cell-Loading Reagent. Learn more about cell tracking and tracing.

Protein Labeling Applications
Alexa Fluor® cadaverines can be used as reactive molecules for adding a fluorescent label to carboxylic acids using a coupling agent such as a carbodiimide; they do not spontaneously react with carboxylic acids in solution. They do, however, react spontaneously with the common amine-reactive functional groups, including succinimidyl esters and isothiocyanates. The amine-containing Alexa Fluor® cadaverines can also be used to label glutamine residues in some proteins and peptides via an enzyme-catalyzed transamidation reaction.

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.

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CellTracker™ Green BODIPY™ Dye (Invitrogen™)

CellTracker™ Green BODIPY® (8-chloromethyl-4,4-difluoro-1,3,5,7-tetramethyl-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-S-indacene) is a fluorescent dye well suited for monitoring cell movement or location. This dye is well retained, allowing for multigenerational tracking of cellular movements. And the green excitation/emission spectra are ideal for multiplexing with red fluorescent dyes and proteins.

Need a different emission spectrum or longer tracking? View our other mammalian cell tracking products.

• Easy to use—remove medium, add dye, incubate 30 minutes, and image cells
• Fluorescent signal retention of >72 hours (typically three to six generations)
• Green excitation/emission spectra (522/529 nm maxima) ideal for multiplexing
• Low cytotoxicity—does not affect viability or proliferation

CellTracker™ Green BODIPY® fluorescent dye has been designed to freely pass through cell membranes into cells, where it is transformed into cell membrane-impermeant reaction products. CellTracker™ Green BODIPY® dye is retained in living cells through several generations. The dye is transferred to daughter cells, but not adjacent cells in a population. CellTracker™ Green BODIPY® dye is designed to display fluorescence for at least 72 hours, and the dye exhibits ideal tracking properties: it is stable, nontoxic at working concentrations, well retained in cells, and brightly fluorescent at physiological pH. Additionally, the excitation and emission spectra of CellTracker™ Green BODIPY® dye are well separated from RFP (red fluorescent protein) spectra allowing for multiplexing.

Cascade Blue™ hydrazide, Trisodium Salt (Invitrogen™)

The cell-impermeant, fixable, polar tracer Cascade Blue® hydrazide can be used to investigate cell-cell and cell-liposome fusion as well as membrane permeability and transport through gap junctions or cell uptake during pinocytosis. This water-soluble tracer can be introduced into cells by whole-cell patch clamping, iontophoresis, osmotic lysis of pinocytic vesicles or comparable methods. Additionally, carboxylic acids of proteins and other water-soluble biopolymers can be coupled to this molecule in aqueous solution using water-soluble carbodiimides such as EDAC (E2247).

Zenon™ Alexa Fluor™ 594 Mouse IgG1 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.

Related Links:

Zenon® Labeling Technology
Zenon® Technology: Versatile Reagents for Immunolabeling—Section 7.3

QSY™ 7 C5-Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

QSY® 7 C5-maleimide is a nonfluorescent acceptor dye (absorption maximum ~560 nm) for preparation of FRET probes via thiol modification.

EZ-Link™ Alkoxyamine-PEG12-Biotin (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link Alkoxyamine-PEG12-Biotin is a biotinylation reagent containing a long, 12-unit polyethylene glycol (PEG) spacer for biotinylating macromolecules at carbohydrate groups that have been oxidized to form aldehydes.

Features of EZ-Link Alkoxyamine-PEG12-Biotin:

Glycoprotein labeling—biotinylate glycosylated proteins at sialic acid residues for detection or purification using streptavidin probes or resins
Cell surface labeling—biotinylate and isolate cell surface glycoproteins; reagent does not permeate membranes of whole cells
Aldehyde-reactive—reacts with aldehydes formed by periodate-oxidation of sugar groups
Alkoxyamine-activated—aminooxy group forms more stable linkages than hydrazide reagents
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 stable (permanent) oxime bonds; spacer arm cannot be cleaved
Solubility—usually dissolved in DMSO to make concentrated stock solution
Long reach—spacer arm (total length added to target) is 55.4 angstroms

Aminooxy-biotin reagents such as this one are useful for biotinylating glycoproteins and other molecules that have oxidizable polysaccharides groups. The alkoxyamine group (also called an aminooxy or aminoxy group) conjugates to aldehydes of oxidized sugars. EZ-Link Alkoxyamine-PEG-Biotin reagents contain a multi-functional extended spacer arm that is a flexible, non-immunogenic hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG), which imparts water solubility to labeled molecules. Consequently, antibodies labeled with pegylated biotin reagents exhibit less aggregation when stored in solution compared to antibodies labeled with reagents having only hydrocarbon spacers.

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. Hydrazides and alkoxyamines are two types of carbonyl-reactive groups. Alkoxyamines (—O-NH2) react specifically with aldehyde groups in near-neutral conditions to form stable oxime linkages. The reaction is more efficient in the presence of aniline (Part No. 88944). Alternatively, alkoxyamines can be conjugated to carboxylic acids using EDC carbodiimide chemistry.

Reactive aldehyde groups can be generated in glycoproteins and other polysaccharide compounds by oxidation of constituent sugar diols using sodium periodiate (Part No. 20504). Sialic acid residues are common components of protein glycosylation and are easily converted to aldehydes with 1 mM NaIO4.

DyLight™ 755-4xPEG Maleimide (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 755-4xPEG Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is a maleimide-activated derivative of our high-performance DyLight 755 Dye used to fluorescently label cysteine-containing peptides, proteins or other biomolecular probes.

The DyLight 755-4xPEG 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 755-4xPEG Dye can be used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods. The NIR fluorescence properties of DyLight 755-4xPEG 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 DyLight 755-4xPEG Maleimide:

High fluorescence intensity—significantly brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor™ 750
PEGylated—improves solubility in aqueous solution and aids in cell permeability
Specific—maleimide-activated dye labels proteins and other molecules at reduced sulfhydryls (-SH)

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

DyLight 755-4xPEG Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is activated with a maleic acid imide (maleimide) moiety to form a reactive alkylation reagent. Labeling occurs through reaction of the maleimide-activated dye with reduced sulfhydryl groups (-SH) to form stable thioether bonds. Maleimides are specific for sulfhydryl groups between pH 6.5-7.5. Learn more about maleimide chemistry.

Qtracker™ 625 Cell Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

The reagents in the Qtracker® 625 Cell Labeling Kit use a custom targeting peptide to deliver orange/red-fluorescent Qdot® 625 nanocrystals into the cytoplasm of live cells. Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits are designed for loading cells grown in culture with highly fluorescent Qdot® nanocrystals. Once inside the cells, Qtracker® labels provide intense, stable fluorescence that can be traced through several generations, and are not transferred to adjacent cells in a population.

Need a different emission spectrum or longer tracking? View our other mammalian cell tracking products.

Key Attributes:

Qtracker® 625 label has Ex/Em (405-585/625) nm
Designed for loading cells grown in culture with highly fluorescent Qdot® nanocrystals
Provide intense, stable fluorescence that can be traced through several generations
Available in eight colors—525 nm, 565 nm, 585 nm, 605 nm, 625 nm, 655 nm, 705 nm, or 800 nm emission
Excellent tools for long-term tracking or imaging studies of live cells, including migration, motility, morphology, and other cell function assays

The Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits use a custom targeting peptide to deliver Qdot® nanocrystals into the cytoplasm of live cells. Cytoplasmic delivery by this mechanism is not mediated by a specific enzyme; therefore, no cell-type specificity has been observed. Delivery is typically accomplished in less than 1 hour.

Qdot® nanocrystals delivered by the Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits are compatible with serum-sensitive cells; intense fluorescence is maintained in complex cellular environments and under various biological conditions including changes in intracellular pH, temperature, and metabolic activity. Furthermore, autofluorescence commonly observed in cells or tissues can be avoided using Qtracker® 655, 705, or 800 Kits.

Long-Lasting, Targeted Signal
Using Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits, you can observe labeled cells using extensive continuous illumination, without the photobleaching and degradation problems often associated with organic dyes. Qtracker® labels are distributed in vesicles in the cytoplasm, and are inherited by daughter cells for at least six generations. Fluorescence from the Qtracker® labels can be seen up to a week after delivery in some cell lines. Long-term cellular retention makes Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits ideal for studying cell motility, migration, differentiation, morphology, and many other cellular function studies. Qtracker® labels do not leak out of intact cells to be taken up by adjacent cells in the population.

Monitor the Signal on Multiple Platforms
Qtracker® reagent-labeled live cells can be easily monitored on a variety of platforms, including flow cytometry, fluorescence/confocal microscopy, fluorescence microplate readers, and high-content imaging systems.

Minimal Impact on Live Cells
The cytotoxicity of the materials use in Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits has been tested in a variety of cell lines including CHO, HeLa, U-118, 3T3, HUVEC, and Jurkat cells. Labeling with Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits appears to exert minimal impact on cellular surface marker expression, cell proliferation, cellular enzyme activity, and cell motility.

Useful in a Variety of Cell Tracing Studies
Post-labeling, researchers have demonstrated a wide variety of applications for Qtracker® labeled cells, including cell co-culture and cell assembly into heterotypic assemblies, multilineage differentiation, trans-differentiation versus cell fusion, embryonic and mesenchymal stem cell tracking, and cell migration dynamics.

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.

Click-iT™ SDP Ester sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling (Invitrogen™)

The Click-iT SDB Ester 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.

DyLight™ 521-LS NHS Ester (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight Long Stokes Shift Specialty Dyes have fluorescence emission from green to far red with a single excitation peak that matches the 488 laser line and very large Stokes shifts that inhibit quenching. DyLight 521-LS dye has excitation and emission peaks at 526 and 666 nm, respectively.

DyLight Long Stokes Shift Specialty Dyes are a family of labeling agents that provide bright fluorescent detection for multiplexed imaging. The dyes share a common excitation range, while their emission properties extend from the green to the far red wavelengths. The dyes are based on a core coumarin structure that is modified to emit at different wavelengths. Each dye contains an amine-reactive NHS ester for rapid modification of antibodies, proteins, peptides or other biomolecules through amide bond formation. DyLight Long Stokes Shift Dyes can be used individually or combined with DyLight 488 for multiplexed analysis. The excitation and emission peaks are sufficiently separated so as to minimize dye-dye quenching in assays.

General features of the DyLight Long Stokes Shift Specialty Dyes:

Single excitation wavelength—DyLight Long Stokes Shift Dyes all can be excited together at 488 nm using an Argon laser
Image multiple targets simultaneously—the four Long Stokes Shift Dyes can be used with DyLight 488 for multiplex fluorescence applications
NHS ester reactive group—allows immediate labeling of antibodies, proteins, peptides and other amine-containing molecules through amide bond formation
Multiple solubility options—choose from hydrophilic to hydrophobic dyes to optimize the right dye label for the best performance in an application
Large Stokes shift inhibits quenching—minimal overlap between excitation and emission peaks inhibits dye-dye quenching effects
Use in FRET-based assays—the extremely broad separation between excitation and emission peaks allow for use of the Long Stokes Shift Dyes in energy transfer applications where the acceptor dye is spectrally far removed from the excitation wavelength.

Criteria to consider when choosing a DyLight Long Stokes Shift Specialty Dye:

• Excitation and emission wavelengths—all dyes share a common excitation wavelength range with options for emission from the green to the far red wavelengths.
• Water solubility—DyLight Long Stokes Shift Dyes can be initially solubilized in methanol, ethanol, DMF or DMSO with transfer into an aqueous buffer medium for labeling biomolecules

Applications:
• Quenchers and FRET pairs
• Conjugation to silica particles
• STED microscopy
• Multicolor microscopy
• 4Pi microscopy
• Dual-color 3D nanoscopy
• Dynamic light scattering
• Graded stokes shift
• Duplex enhanced RT-PCR
• High-resolution optical microscopy

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DyLight™ 515-LS NHS Ester
DyLight™ 485-LS NHS Ester
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Texas Red™-X 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™ 550 Maleimide (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 550 Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is a maleimide-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 550 used to fluorescently label sulfhydryl-containing peptides, proteins and other biomolecular probes.

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 over a broad pH range (pH 4-9). The high water solubility of DyLight Fluors means that a high dye-to-protein ratio can be attained without causing precipitation of the conjugates.

Features of DyLight 550 Maleimide:

High performance—DyLight 550 shows brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor 555, TRITC and Cy3 dye
Specific—maleimide-activated dye labels proteins and other molecules at reduced sulfhydryls (-SH)
Efficient labeling methods—well-characterized chemistry and optimized protocols provide for reliable, high-quality labeling
Optimized antibody labeling procedure—complete protocol for IgG reduction and labeling and calculating the labeling efficiency

Applications:
• Antibody labeling for immunofluorescence applications, including immunocytochemistry (ICC), immunohistochemistry (IHC), Western blotting and ELISA assay
• Target macromolecule labeling for in vitro and in vivo fluorescent detection strategies

DyLight 550 Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is activated with a maleic acid imide (maleimide) moiety to form a reactive alkylation reagent. Labeling occurs through reaction of the maleimide-activated dye with reduced sulfhydryl groups (-SH) to form stable thioether bonds. Maleimides are specific for sulfhydryl groups between pH 6.5-7.5. Learn more about maleimide chemistry.

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.

GlycanAssure™ HyPerformance APTS Kit (Applied Biosystems™)

The GlycanAssure HyPerformance APTS Kit is an N‑glycan rapid‑release, labeling, and cleanup kit that offers an N-glycan sample prep workflow for high-throughput glycan characterization applications within biopharma. Combined with the Applied Biosystems 3500xL Genetic Analyzer or Thermo Scientific Vanquish UHPLC system, the GlycanAssure HyPerformance APTS Kit offers an end-to-end N-glycan analysis solution, from clone selection to lot release.

Key features include:
• Easy N-glycan sample prep workflow for both LC & CE analysis platforms
• Superior data quality with unparalleled robustness
• Proprietary denaturant delivering complete deglycosylation of glycoproteins
• Preservation of sialylation offering accurate quantitation of sialylated glycans
• High-throughput end-to-end N-glycan analysis significantly reducing time to results

Workflow
Glycosylation is one of the key critical quality attributes of glycoprotein (mAb)-based biotherapeutics. Current glycan analysis methods consist of labor-intensive sample preparation that involve the use of toxic reagents, time-consuming vacuum centrifugation steps, and multiple pipetting steps.

The GlycanAssure HyPerformance APTS workflow overcomes these limitations. It delivers complete deglocosylation using a proprietary denaturant and superior preservation of sialylation, an important quality attribute of glycoproteins. Accurate quantitation of sialylated glycans is critical in biosimilar development. Most common sample prep methods cause de-sialylation of the glycans, leading to inaccurate quantitation. In addition, LC based separation techniques poorly quantitate highly sialylated glycans because they elute at the end of the LC profile. The GlycanAssure HyPerformance kit offers excellent preservation of sialylated glycans and allows analysis on a CE instrument where highly sialylated glycans migrate at the beginning of the electropherogram, enabling accurate quantitation.

The released, labelled glycans can be analyzed with either the Applied BioSystems 3500xL Genetic Analyzer for Protein Quality Analysis for high throughput applications or Thermo Scientific Vanquish Flex UHPLC System for lower throughput applications, for an end-to-end glycan analysis solution from Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Kit description
The GlycanAssure HyPerformance APTS Kit is part of the GlycanAssure Glycan Analysis and Quantitation System and contains all reagents and buffers needed to analyze and quantitate N-glycans from glycoprotein samples. APTS is a traditional dye used for glycan labeling and the labeled glycans can be analyzed using capillary electrophoresis (CE) or liquid chromatography (LC) systems. The GlycanAssure sample preparation workflow is a streamlined, automatable method for the processing and analysis of 96 glycoprotein samples in ~5 hrs.

The GlycanAssure HyPerformance APTS kit contains:
• GlycanAssure core reagents
• GlycanAssure beads
• GlycanAssure APTS labeling reagents
• GlycanAssure kit user guide

Alexa Fluor™ 555 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 orange fluorescent Alexa Fluor® 555. 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® 555 Antibody Labeling Kit:
• With an excitation and emission maximum of 555/565 nm, Alexa Fluor® 555 can be efficiently excited using a 543 nm He-Ne laser line and detected under standard TRITC/Cy3® 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 Zor 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.

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

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link Sulfo-NHS-SS-Biotin is a water-soluble, NHS-ester biotinylation reagent whose spacer arm includes a cleavable disulfide bond for reversible labeling of proteins and cell surface primary amines.

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

Protein labeling – biotinylate antibodies to facilitate immobilization, purification or detection
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
Cleavable—disulfide bond in spacer arm allows the biotin label to be removed using reducing agents such as DTT; only a small sulfhydryl group remains attached to the molecule
Soluble – charged sulfo-NHS group increases reagent water solubility compared to ordinary NHS-ester compounds
Medium length—spacer arm (total length added to target) is 24.3 angstroms; it consists of the native biotin valeric acid group extended by a 7-atom chain

Sulfo-NHS-SS-Biotin is a thiol-cleavable amine-reactive biotinylation reagent that contains an extended spacer arm to reduce steric hindrances associated with avidin binding. This reagent is water-soluble, enabling biotinylation to be performed in the absence of organic solvents such as DMSO or DMF for applications that cannot tolerate solvents or are complicated by their inclusion. The compound is particularly useful for labeling and purifying cell surface proteins, because (a) its sulfonate group prevents it from permeating cell membranes and (b) its cleavable spacer arm enables initially biotinylated proteins to be released from streptavidin affinity columns.

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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EZ-Link™ Sulfo NHS-SS Biotinylation Kit
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EZ-Link™ Hydrazide-Biotin (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link Hydrazide-Biotin is the shortest and simplest hydrazide-activated biotinylation reagent for labeling glycoproteins and other carbohydrate-containing compounds having oxidizable sugars or aldehydes.

Features of EZ-Link Hydrazide-Biotin:

Glycoprotein labeling—biotinylate glycosylated proteins at sialic acid residues for detection or purification using streptavidin probes or resins
Cell surface labeling—biotinylate and isolate cell surface glycoproteins
Aldehyde-reactive—reacts with aldehydes formed by periodate-oxidation of sugar groups
Hydrazide-activated—perform reactions at pH 4 to 6 in buffers such as sodium acetate
Irreversible—forms semi-permanent hydrazone bonds; spacer arm cannot be cleaved
Solubility—usually dissolved in DMSO before further dilution in aqueous buffers
Spacer arm length—15.7Å

This biotin hydrazide reagent enables simple and efficient biotin labeling of polyclonal antibodies and other glycoproteins. Mild oxidation of antibodies with sodium periodate produces reactive aldehydes on the carbohydrate moieties of the Fc portion that can be modified by hydrazides. This approach is advantageous for labeling antibodies because biotinylation occurs only at the sites of glycosylation, which are primarily in the Fc region of the antibody, far from the antigen binding site.

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. Hydrazides and alkoxyamines are two types of carbonyl-reactive groups. Hydrazides (—NH-NH2) react specifically with aldehyde groups in slightly acidic conditions to form hydrazone linkages; these can be further reduced to stable secondary amine bonds using sodium cyanoborohydride (Part No. 44892). The reaction is more efficient in the presence of aniline (Part No. 88944). Alternatively, hydrazides can be conjugated to carboxylic acids using EDC carbodiimide chemistry.

Reactive aldehyde groups can be generated in glycoproteins and other polysaccharide compounds by oxidation of constituent sugar diols using sodium periodiate (Part No. 20504). Sialic acid residues are common components of protein glycosylation and are easily converted to aldehydes with 1 mM NaIO4.

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Texas Red™ Sulfonyl Chloride, mixed isomers (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive Texas Red® sulfonyl chloride can be used to can be used to create bright red-fluorescent bioconjugates with excitation/emission maxima ~595/615 nm. A special packaging is also available (T1905).

APEX™ Alexa Fluor™ 647 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.

QSY™ 21 Carboxylic Acid, Succinimidyl Ester (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive quencher, QSY® 21 succinimidyl ester has a broad and intense absorption (~661 nm maxima) but no fluorescence making it useful as an acceptor in fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) applications.

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).

SiteClick™ R-PE Antibody Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

Create a perfectly labeled antibody with the SiteClick™ R-PE Antibody Labeling Kit. Unlike conventional antibody labeling kits, 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. Depending upon the label, the resulting SiteClick™ labeled antibody can be used in flow cytometry or any other application.

Important Features of the SiteClick™ R-PE 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.

R-PE (R- Phycoerythrin) as a Bright Label
R-Phycoerythrin (R-PE) is a bright phycobilliprotein extracted from red algae. Its primary absorption (excitation) peak is at 565 nm with secondary peaks at 496 and 545 nm. The broad excitation spectrum and extremely bright fluorescence (emission maxima = ~578 nm) makes it a useful label for multiplexing in immunocytochemisty, especially in flow cytometry and cell sorting( FACS) applications.

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.

Fluorescein-5-Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

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

DSB-X™ Biotin 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.

Alexa Fluor™ 546 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.