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Alexa Fluor™ 700 NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 700 is a bright and photostable near-IR dye that can be excited with a xenon-arc lamp, far-red diode lasers, or dye pumped lasers operating in the 675–700 nm range. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 700 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10. Fluorescence of this long-wavelength Alexa Fluor® dye is not visible to the human eye but is readily detected by most imaging systems. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 700 dye conjugated to a variety of antibodies, peptides, proteins, tracers, and amplification substrates optimized for cellular labeling and detection.The NHS ester (or succinimidyl ester) of Alexa Fluor® 700 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® 700 dye
Reactive group: NHS ester
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 702/723 nm
Extinction coefficient: 205,000 cm-1M-1
Molecular weight: ~1400

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.

DyLight™ 633 Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific DyLight 633 Antibody Labeling Kit contains an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 633 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 633 NHS-ester in convenient single-use vials as well as purification resin and spin columns for the preparation of ready-to-use conjugate.

DyLight 633 fluoresces red and has physical properties comparable to other 633 dyes, including Alexa Fluor™ 633. 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 633 Amine-Reactive Dye is also available as a stand-alone reagent.

Features of DyLight 633 NHS Ester:

High performance—DyLight 633 shows brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor 633
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 633 Amine-Reactive Dye is activated with an N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) ester moiety to react with exposed N-terminal α-amino groups or the ε-amino groups of lysine residues to form stable amide bonds. Learn more about NHS ester chemistry.

Typical labeling reactions require DyLight 633 Amine-Reactive Dye to first be dissolved in anhydrous dimethyl formamide (DMF) or another suitable organic solvent before adding a specific molar amount of dye to an amine-free buffer containing the protein to be labeled. However, the high solubility of DyLight Fluors permits protein solutions to be added directly to specific amounts of the labeling reagent. This feature allows DyLight 633 Amine-Reactive Dye to be provided in multiple formats with flexible protocols to achieve efficient degrees of labeling.

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Pierce™ Iodination Tubes (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific Pierce Iodination Tubes are 12 x 75mm glass test tubes that are pre-coated at the bottom with Pierce Iodination Reagent, which activates iodine-125 for protein or peptide iodination procedures.

Features of Iodination Tubes:

• Eliminates the tedious reagent surface coating step
• Consistent, flake-resistant coating of the iodination reagent
• Generates more than sufficient oxidative capacity for a typical protocol
• Allows iodinations to be carried out directly in the tube or in two-steps (see next)

The pre-coated iodination tubes provide for convenient and efficient iodine labeling without the hassles and damaging oxidative effects normally associated with chloramine T and other solution-based methods. Coating glass surfaces to support iodine labeling experiments is difficult to reliably accomplish. These pre-coated glass tubes eliminate that difficult preparative step to ensure that iodination experiments are as simple as possible.

Iodination involves the introduction of radioactive iodine into certain amino acids (usually tyrosines) in proteins and peptides. Iodination takes place at the positions ortho to the hydroxyl group on tyrosine; mono- or di-substitution can occur. When iodinatable sites such as tyrosines are absent or of limited accessibility in a protein, iodinatable phenolic sites can be introduced by using the Bolton-Hunter Reagents (SHPP and Sulfo-SHPP). Certain crosslinkers also contain iodinatable tyrosyl groups in their spacer arms.

Radioactive 125-I or 131-I can be incorporated into proteins either by enzymatic or chemical oxidation. In the chemical oxidation method, sodium iodide is converted to its corresponding reactive iodine form, which then spontaneously incorporates into tyrosyl groups. While necessary for iodine activation, oxidizing reagents are potentially damaging to proteins. Pierce Iodination Reagent (previously known as IODO-GEN Reagent) is milder than chloramine-T, yet equally effective for iodine activation. The solid-phase arrangement provided by the pre-coated tubes further optimizes iodination and minimizes damaging effects.

Benefits of two-step labeling method (Chizzonite, 1996):
• Eliminates oxidative damage to proteins by avoiding direct contact with iodination reagent
• No losses from nonspecific protein binding to the coated tube surface
• Flexibility to conduct iodination in a wide variety of vessels
• Easy scale-up or scale-down of the iodination protocol
• Gentle iodine-labeling of a wide range of proteins, peptides or cell surfaces
• Compatibility with common detergents

GlycanAssure™ AutoXpress Kit (Applied Biosystems™)

The GlycanAssure AutoXpress Kit is designed for use on the AutoMate Express System for GlycanAssure AutoXpress Kits, for hands-free automation of the preparation of labelled glycans from glycoprotein samples. The kit includes GlycanAssure AutoXpress cartridges that contain pre-filled reagents and plastic tubes and tips to perform hands-free glycan release and labelling of up to 13 samples in one run.

The GlycanAssure AutoXpress cartridge reagents are based on the established GlycanAssure chemistry for N-glycan rapid release, labeling, and cleanup that applies a novel method for N-glycan release in a complete form. The GlycanAssure APTS N-glycan sample prep method consists of rapid deglycosylation using PNGase-F enzyme followed by magnetic bead-based glycan purification, glycan labeling with ATPS dye, and excess dye removal. The GlycanAssure AutoXpress Kit combined with the AutoMate Express System offers a single, automated N-glycan sample prep workflow for both high throughput (CE) and characterization (UHPLC) biopharma applications.

Key features of the combined kit/system include:
• Fully automated sample prep for N-glycan analysis
• Rapid results with cartridge-based reagents for glycan release and labelling
• High quality glycan data with reduced analyst error
• Labeled glycans can be analyzed on LC or CE platforms
• Small system footprint and low-cost automation platform make it adaptable in both development and QC labs
• Consistent data for easy method development and transfer across the globe

GlycanAssure™ APTS Kit (Applied Biosystems™)

The GlycanAssure™ 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. The GlycanAssure APTS N-glycan sample prep method consists of rapid deglycosylation using PNGase-F enzyme followed by magnetic bead-based glycan purification, glycan labeling with ATPS dye, and excess dye removal. APTS is a traditional dye used for glycan labeling for the past several years, and the labeled glycans can be analyzed using capillary electrophoresis (CE) or liquid chromatography (LC) system. The GlycanAssure sample prep workflow does not include time-consuming vacuum centrifugation steps or the use of toxic sodium cyanoborohydride like more traditional workflows, resulting in a streamlined, automatable method for the processing and analysis of 96 samples in ~9 hrs (< 4 hrs hands-on time).

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

GlycanAssure Glycan Analysis and Quantitation System
The GlycanAssure Glycan Analysis and Quantitation System is the first glycan analysis system that provides both high throughput and high data quality through an integrated glycan analysis platform that helps save labor, time, and cost of analysis. The GlycanAssure system offers simple and easy magnetic bead-based sample preparation with multiple fluorescent dyes for glycan labeling, multi-capillary Sanger sequencing instruments for high-throughput CE-LIF-based glycan analysis, and assay-specific software for fast data analysis and reporting.

As part of the GlycanAssure Glycan Analysis and Quantitation System, the 3500 Genetic Analyzer for Protein Quality Analysis and 3500xL Genetic Analyzer for Protein Quality Analysis are multi-capillary CE instruments that enable parallel analysis of 8 or 24 samples on a 50-cm capillary array for high-throughput and high-resolution glycan analysis. The ability to analyze samples in parallel avoids the need for shortened run times to achieve high throughput. The 3500 Series systems for protein quality analysis come with integrated assay-specific GlycanAssure data acquisition and data analysis software for optimum performance and user experience.

Qdot™ 525 ITK™ Carboxyl Quantum Dots (Invitrogen™)

Qdot® 525 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® 525 ITK™ carboxyl quantum dot has emission maxima of ~525 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.

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.

Zenon™ Alexa Fluor™ 647 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® Labeling Technology
Zenon® Technology: Versatile Reagents for Immunolabeling—Section 7.3

Cascade Blue™ Acetyl Azide, Trisodium Salt (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive Cascade Blue® acetyl azide and its conjugates yield blue-fluorescence (approximate excitation/emission maxima ~396/410 nm) that can be used as a contrasting color in multicolor applications. When compared with aminocoumarin derivatives, the sulfonated pyrene Cascade Blue® dye shows less spectral overlap with fluorescein. In addition, Cascade Blue® dye exhibits high absorptivity, is highly fluorescent and, unlike most dyes, resists quenching upon protein conjugation.

DyLight™ 680 NHS Ester (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 680 Amine-Reactive Dye is an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 680 used to fluorescently label antibodies and other proteins that are then used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods.

DyLight 680 produces near-infrared (IR) fluorescence that replaces other near-IR dyes, including Cy5.5™ dye and Alexa Fluor™ 680, and is ideal for multi-color applications. The high water solubility of DyLight Fluors means that a high dye-to-protein ratio can be attained without causing precipitation of the conjugates. DyLight 680 Amine-Reactive Dye is also available as part of two antibody labeling kit sizes.

Features of DyLight 680 NHS-Ester:

High performance—DyLight 680 fluoresces brighter than Alexa Fluor 680 and Cy5.5 dye
Specific—NHS ester-activated dye labels proteins and other molecules at primary amines (-NH2)
Optimized procedure—following the standard protocol results in antibodies with excellent dye:protein ratios and recovery rates for optimum activity and fluorescence labeling

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

DyLight 680 Amine-Reactive Dye is activated with an N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) ester moiety to react with exposed N-terminal α-amino groups or the ε-amino groups of lysine residues to form stable amide bonds. Learn more about NHS ester chemistry.

Typical labeling reactions require the dye to first be dissolved in anhydrous dimethyl formamide (DMF) or another suitable organic solvent before adding a specific molar amount of dye to an amine-free buffer containing the protein to be labeled. However, the high solubility of DyLight Fluors permits protein solutions to be added directly to specific amounts of the labeling reagent. This feature allows DyLight 680 Amine-Reactive Dye to be provided in multiple formats with flexible protocols to achieve efficient degrees of labeling.

We also offer Standard and Microscale DyLight 680 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 680 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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EZ-Link™ Sulfo-NHS-LC-Biotin (Thermo Scientific™)

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

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

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

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

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

N-Hydroxysulfosuccinimide (NHS) esters of biotin are the most popular type of biotinylation reagent. NHS-activated biotins react efficiently with primary amino groups (-NH2) in alkaline buffers to form stable amide bonds. Proteins (e.g., antibodies) typically have several primary amines that are available as targets for labeling, including the side chain of lysine (K) residues and the N-terminus of each polypeptide.

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

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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.

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.

5-IAF (5-iodoacetamido-fluorescein) (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific 5-Iodoacetamido-Fluorescein (5-IAF) is a high-performance derivative of fluorescein dye, activated for easy and reliable labeling of antibodies, proteins and other molecules for use as fluorescent probes. 5-Iodoacetamido-Fluorescein is a sulfhydryl-reactive derivative of fluorescein that labels proteins and other molecules having free thiols (cysteine side chains)

Properties of 5-Iodoacetamido-Fluorescein:

• Alternative names: 5-IAF, 5-iodoacetamidofluorescein
• Chemical name: Acetamide, N-(3',6'-dihydroxy-3-oxospiro (isobenzofuran-1(3H), 9'-(9H)xanthen)-5-yl)-2-iodo
• Molecular weight: 515.26±3
• Excitation source: 488 nm spectral line, argon-ion laser
• Excitation wavelength: 494 nm
• Emission wavelength: 518 nm
• Extinction coefficient: > 80,000 M-1cm-1
• CAS #: 63368-54-7
• Solubility: Soluble in DMF; aqueous buffers at pH > 6
• Reactive groups: Iodoacetamide, reacts with sulfhydryls at pH 7.0 to 7.5

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

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Pierce™ Biotin-Fluorescein Conjugate (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific Pierce Biotinylated Proteins include biotin-labeled proteins (BSA), enzymes (HRP, AP) and fluorophores (FITC) for use as controls or signal amplification in IHC via avidin-biotin complex (ABC) techniques.

Biotinylated Fluorescein (FITC) cannot be used to polymerize and amplify the signal to the same degree as biotinylated enzymes because each fluorescent molecule is tagged with only one biotin molecule. However, the fluorescent variant of traditional ABC staining is possible with this unique molecule.

Biotinylated FITC—amplify the fluorescein signal of biotinylated primary antibodies by using avidin or streptavidin plus biotinylated fluorescein (B-FITC)

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

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