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IAEDANS (1,5-IAEDANS, 5-((((2-Iodoacetyl)amino)ethyl)amino)Naphthalene-1-Sulfonic Acid) (Invitrogen™)

The fluorescence of the thiol-reactive IAEDANS is quite dependent upon environment. Its conjugates frequently respond to ligand binding by undergoing spectral shifts and changes in fluorescence intensity that are determined by the degree of aqueous solvation. Advantages of this reagent include high water solubility above pH 4 and a relatively long fluorescence lifetime (10-15 nanoseconds), making the conjugates useful for fluorescence polarization and rotational studies. In addition, because it has a large Stokes shift and an emission that overlaps with the absorption of fluorescein, Alexa Fluor® 488, Oregon Green® dyes and BODIPY® FL dyes, IAEDANS is an excellent reagent for fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) measurements.

Sulfo-SHPP (Water-Soluble Bolton-Hunter Reagent) (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific Pierce Sulfo-SHPP, sulfosuccinimidyl-3 -(4-hydroxypheynyl) propionate, also known as water-soluble Bolton-Hunter Reagent, conjugates tyrosine-like functional groups to primary amines to increase the number of tyrosyl groups that can be iodinated by iodine-125 labeling procedures.

Features of Sulfo-SHPP:

• Iodinate before or after coupling Sulfo-SHPP to the molecule of interest
• Useful for introducing tyrosyl groups on proteins sensitive to small amounts of organic solvent
• Useful for labelling cell surfaces without exposing the cells to membrane permeable solvents

Click-IT™ Alexa Fluor™ 594 DIBO Alkyne, for copper free click chemistry detection of azide (Invitrogen™)

The fluorescent Alexa Fluor® 594 Dibo alkyne is reactive with azides via a copper-free "click chemistry" reaction.

Please consider this copper-free variation to our copper requiring alkynes if you are staining the surface of live cells or have concerns about native protein function loss with copper in cell extracts. Copper can damage fluorescent proteins, Quantum Dot nanocyrstals, certain enzymes and photoproteins like RPE. The DIBO reagent is not suitable for staining intracellular components of fixed and permeabilized cells due to high backgrounds.

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.

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.

Qdot™ 605 ITK™ Carboxyl Quantum Dots (Invitrogen™)

Qdot® 605 ITK™ carboxyl quantum dots are the ideal starting material for preparing custom conjugates that require high loading of biomolecules. These materials are carboxylate functionalized and can be coupled to amine groups of proteins and modified oligonucleotides using EDC-mediated condensation. The coatings of these probes provides more binding sites than our Qdot® ITK™ amino quantum dots, but lacks PEG linkers that help to prevent non-specific interactions. These materials can be conjugated to X-PEG-amine bi-functional linkers for custom reactivity and higher specificity. Our Qdot® ITK™ carboxyl quantum dots are provided as 8 µM solutions and are available in all 9 Qdot® probe colors.

Important Features of Qdot® ITK™ Carboxyl Quantum Dots:
• Qdot® 605 ITK™ carboxyl quantum dot has emission maxima of ~605 nm
• Extremely photostable and bright fluorescence
• Efficiently excited with single-line excitation sources
• Narrow emission, large Stokes shift
• Available in multiple colors
• Ideal labeling and tracking applications


Properties of Qdot® Nanocrystals
Qdot® probes are ideal for imaging and labeling applications that require bright fluorescent signals and/or real-time tracking. Unique among fluorescent reagents, all nine available colors of Qdot® probes can be simultaneously excited with a single (UV to blue-green) light source. This property makes these reagents excellent for economical and user-friendly multiplexing applications. Qdot® labels are based on semiconductor nanotechnology and are similar in scale to moderately sized proteins.

About the Innovator’s Tool Kit Qdot® ITK™ Reagents
These Qdot® ITK™ probes are ideal for researchers who wish to prepare specific (non-stocked) conjugates for their applications and need customizable conjugation functionality.

Other Forms of Qdot® Nanocrystals are Available
In addition to the carboxyl-derivatized form, we offer Qdot® ITK™ quantum dots with amino and aliphatic hydrocarbon modifications. We’ve also developed a wide range of Qdot® nanocrystals conjugates and labeling kits. Investigate the properties of Qdot® nanocrystals or read the Molecular Probes® Handbook Section 6.6—Qdot® Nanocrystals to find out more.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for any 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.

Alexa Fluor™ 680 C2 Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 680 is a bright, near-infrared fluorescent dye with excitation ideally suited for the 633 nm laser line. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 680 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 680 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® 680 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® 680 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® 680 dye
Reactive group: maleimide
Reactivity: thiol groups on proteins and ligands, oligonucleotide thiophosphates
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 684/714 nm
Extinction coefficient: 175,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: Cy5.5, IRDye 680LT
Molecular weight: ~1000

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.

Probenecid, Water Soluble (Invitrogen™)

Probenecid is commonly used to inhibit organic-anion transporters located in the cell membrane. Such transporters can extrude dyes and indicators and thus contribute to poor loading or a high background signal in assays based on retention of the dyes or indicators inside cells. The use of probenecid to block the efflux of intracellular dyes was first described by Di Virgilio et al. (1990), and it has been used with a wide range of anionic dyes and conjugates. The commonly used free acid form of probenecid is difficult to dissolve, requiring 1 M NaOH to get it into solution. Our water-soluble probenecid (P36400) dissolves quickly in assay buffer and eliminates the need to handle caustic NaOH. The water-soluble probenecid is included in the Fluo-4 NW Calcium Assay Kits (F36205, F36206) and is also available separately.

BODIPY™ 576/589 NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

BODIPY® 576/589 dye is bright, red fluorescent dye with similar excitation and emission to Rhodamine Red™ and Alexa Fluor®568. It has a high extinction coefficient and fluorescence quantum yield and is relatively insensitive to solvent polarity and pH change. In contrast to the highly water soluble fluorophores Alexa Fluor® 488 dye and fluorescein (FITC), BODIPY® dyes have unique hydrophobic properties ideal for staining lipids, membranes, and other lipophilic compounds. BODIPY® 576/589 dye has a relatively long excited-state lifetime (typically 5 nanoseconds or longer), which is useful for fluorescence polarization-based assays and a large two-photon cross-section for multiphoton excitation. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer BODIPY® 576/589 dye conjugated to a variety of antibodies, peptides, proteins, tracers, and amplification substrates optimized for cellular labeling and detection.

The NHS ester (or succinimidyl ester) of BODIPY® 576/589 is the most popular tool for conjugating the dye to a protein or antibody. NHS esters can be used to label the primary amines (R-NH2) of proteins, amine-modified oligonucleotides, and other amine-containing molecules. The resulting BODIPY® 576/589 conjugates exhibit bright fluorescence, narrow emission bandwidths, and relatively long excited-state lifetimes, which can be useful for fluorescence polarization assays and two-photon excitation (TPE) microscopy.

This reactive dye contains a C3 alkyl spacer between the fluorophore and the NHS ester group. This spacer helps to separate the fluorophore from its point of attachment, potentially reducing the interaction of the fluorophore with the biomolecule to which it is conjugated.

Detailed information about this BODIPY® 576/589 NHS ester:

Fluorophore label: BODIPY® 576/589 dye
Reactive group: NHS ester (succinimidyl ester)
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 575/588 nm
Extinction coefficient: 83,000 cm-1M-1
Molecular weight: 426.19

Typical Conjugation Reaction
Amine-reactive reagents can be conjugated with virtually any protein or peptide; the provided protocol is optimized for IgG antibodies. The reaction can be scaled 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 BODIPY® NHS ester is typically dissolved in high-quality anhydrous dimethylformamide (DMF) or dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), 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 BODIPY® 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 medium 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™ 488 NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 488 is a bright, green-fluorescent dye with excitation ideally suited for 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).

The NHS ester (or succinimidyl ester) of Alexa Fluor® 488 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® 488 dye
Reactive group: NHS ester
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 494/517 nm
Extinction coefficient: 73,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: FITC, Oregon Green 488
Molecular weight: 643.4

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.

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.

CellVue™ NIR780 Cell Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

CellVue™ dyes are lipophilic dyes that can be used to label the cell membrane for the purpose of identifying and tracking labeled cells. Cell labeling is rapid and stable and can be combined with fluorescently labeled antibodies and other markers of cellular function for flow cytometric analysis and fluorescent microscopy. Mini CellVue™ Kits are supplied with one vial of dye stock (1 mM in ethanol) and one vial of labeling vehicle (Diluent C); Midi CellVue™ Kits are supplied with two vials of dye stock (1 mM in ethanol) and six vials of Diluent C.

CellVue™ NIR780 is a near-infrared fluorescent cell labeling reagent. It can be excited off the red laser line (633 nm) and has a peak emission of 776 nm that can be detected in filter sets designed for APC-eFluor™ 780. CellVue™ NIR780 is compatible with most multi-color applications, however, due to similar emission properties it cannot be used in combination with APC-eFluor™ 780 or APC-Alexa Fluor™ 750 reagents.

Reported Application
Flow Cytometric Analysis, Microscopy, Immunocytochemistry, Cell Labeling

BODIPY™ FL Hydrazide (4,4-Difluoro-5,7-Dimethyl-4-Bora-3a,4a-Diaza-s-Indacene-3-Propionic Acid, Hydrazide) (Invitrogen™)

BODIPY® FL hydrazide can be reversibly coupled to aldehydes and ketones to form a Schiff base - which can be reduced to a generate stable amine derivative by sodium borohydride (NaBH4) or sodium cyanoborohydride (NaCNH3). 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).

Click-iT™ Plus OPP Alexa Fluor™ 488 Protein Synthesis Assay Kit (Invitrogen™)

The Click-iT® Plus OPP Alexa Fluor® 488 Protein Synthesis Assay Kit provides a fast, sensitive, and non-radioactive method for the detection of protein synthesis using fluorescence microscopy or high-content imaging. In this assay O-propargyl-puromycin (OPP) is efficiently incorporated into newly translated proteins in complete methionine-containing media and fluorescently labeled with a bright, photostable Alexa Fluor® dye in a fast, highly-specific, and mild click reaction.

Features of the kit include:

• No media change required—works in complete, methionine-containing media, no need to remove cell media
• Multiplex-enabled—Click-iT® Plus technology retains signal from GFP and binding of fluorescent-conjugated phalloidins
• Non-radioactive—an alternative to the traditional 35S-methionine methods
• Works in vivo—published results demonstrate use in vivo for determination of protein translation

The kit contains O-propargyl-puromycin (OPP), which is an alkyne analog of puromycin (also available separately), as well as Alexa Fluor® 488 picolyl azide and all necessary reagents to perform the Click reaction. The OPP is fed to cultured cells and incorporated into proteins during active protein synthesis. Addition of the Alexa Fluor® 488 picolyl azide and the Click reaction reagents leads to a chemoselective ligation, or "click" reaction, between the picolyl azide dye and the OPP alkyne, allowing the modified proteins to be detected by imaged-based analysis.

The click reaction uses bioorthogonal (biologically unique) moieties to fluorescently label proliferating cells, helping produce low backgrounds and high detection sensitivities. Because of the mild reaction conditions, Click-iT® Plus assays detect protein translation events while enabling the preservation of cell morphology, the binding of fluorescently-labeled phalloidin, and the fluorescent signal from GFP.

Unlike 35S-methionine, used in traditional methods, OPP is not an amino acid analog, so it can be added directly to cells in complete media or used to determine protein synthesis in vivo.

The kit contains all of the components needed to label and detect the incorporated OPP in newly translated proteins in samples of adherent cells. The kit includes sufficient reagents for the labeling of 25 18 mm × 18 mm coverslips using 1 mL of reaction buffer per test.