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B-Phycoerythrin (Invitrogen™)

Phycobiliprotein bioconjugates including antibody and other protein conjugates can be made with the exceptionally bright phycobiliprotein, B-phycoerythrin using the Protein-Protein Crosslinking Kit (P6305).

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™ 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.

DyLight™ 755-4xPEG NHS Ester (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 755-4xPEG Amine-Reactive Dye is a derivative of our high-performance DyLight 755 Dye that can be used to fluorescently label antibodies and other proteins for near-IR detection.

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 NHS Ester:

High fluorescence intensity—fluorescence comparable to Alexa Fluor™ 750
PEGylated—improves solubility in aqueous solution and aids in cell permeability

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

DyLight 755-4xPEG Amine-Reactive Dye is activated with an N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) ester moiety to react with exposed N-terminal α-amino groups or the ε-amino groups of lysine residues to form stable amide bonds. Learn more about NHS ester chemistry.

Typical labeling reactions require the dye to first be dissolved in anhydrous dimethyl formamide (DMF) or another suitable organic solvent before adding a specific molar amount of dye to an amine-free buffer containing the protein to be labeled. However, the high solubility of DyLight Fluors permits protein solutions to be added directly to the labeling reagent.

Tetramethylrhodamine-6-Isothiocyanate (6-TRITC; R isomer) (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive tetramethylrhodamine-6-isothiocyanate (6-TRITC; R isomer) can be used to can be used to create bright red-orange fluorescent bioconjugates with excitation/emission maxima ~555/580 nm.

EZ-Link™ Sulfo-NHS-LC-Biotinylation Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific EZ-Link Sulfo-NHS-LC-Biotinylation Kit contains reagents sufficient for 10 biotinylation reactions (e.g., 1–10 mg antibody per reaction). The EZ-Link Sulfo-NHS-LC-Biotin reagent included in the kit 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™ 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.

6-TAMRA (6-Carboxytetramethylrhodamine), single isomer (Invitrogen™)

Tetramethylrhodamine (TMR, TRITC) has been a widely used fluorophore for preparing bioconjugates, especially fluorescent antibody and avidin derivatives used in immunochemistry. Under the name TAMRA, the carboxylic acid of 6-TAMRA has also achieved prominence as a dye for oligonucleotide labeling and automated DNA sequencing applications.

Zenon™ Biotin-XX 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.

Related Links:

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

2',7'-Difluorofluorescein (Oregon Green™ 488) (Invitrogen™)

Oregon Green® 488 can be used as a reference standard for Oregon Green® 488 conjugates or a pH sensor of moderately acidic solutions (pKa ~4.7)

Alexa Fluor™ 568 Hydrazide, for microinjection (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 568 Hydrazide is useful as a cell tracer and as a reactive dye for labeling aldehydes or ketones in polysaccharides or glycoproteins. This version is formatted as a ready-to-use solution that is dissolved in a 200 mM KCl solution and filter sterilized.

Alexa Fluor® 568 is a bright, red fluorescent dye. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 568 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 568 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® hydrazide:

• Fluorophore label : Alexa Fluor® 568 dye
• Reactive group: hydrazide
• Reactivity: Aldehydes or keytones in polysaccharides or glycoproteins
• Ex/Em of the conjugate: 576/599 nm
• Extinction coefficient: 86,000 cm-1M-1
• Spectrally similar dyes: Rhodamine Red
• Molecular weight: 730.74

Cell Tracking and Tracing Applications
Alexa Fluor® hydrazides and hydroxlamines are useful as low molecular weight, membrane-impermeant, aldehyde-fixable cell tracers, exhibiting brighter fluorescence and greater photostability than cell tracers derived from other spectrally similar fluorophores. They are easily loaded into cells by microinjection, infusion from patch pipette, or uptake induced by our Influx™ Pinocytic Cell-Loading Reagent. It is designed to be loaded into cells by microinjection or infusion from patch pipette. Learn more about cell tracking and tracing.

Glycoprotein and Polysaccharide Labeling Applications
The Alexa Fluor® hydrazides and hydroxlamines are reactive molecules that can be used to add a fluorescent label to biomolecules containing aldehydes or ketones. Aldehydes and ketones can be introduced into polysaccharides and glycoproteins by periodate-mediated oxidation of vicinal diols. Galactose oxidase can also be used to oxidize terminal galactose residues of glycoproteins to aldehydes.

Hydrazide vs Hydroxylamine
Hydrazine derivatives react with ketones and aldehydes to yield relatively stable hydrazones. Hydroxylamine derivatives (aminooxy compounds) react with aldehydes and ketones to yield oximes. Oximes are superior to hydrazones with respect to hydrolytic stability. Both hydrazones and oximes can be reduced with sodium borohydride (NaBH4) to further increase the stability of the linkage.

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.

Related Products
DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) (D12345)
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)

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.

Related Products
DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) (D12345)
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)

Zenon™ Alexa Fluor™ 350 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

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.

Alexa Fluor™ 633 Hydrazide (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 633 Hydrazide is useful as a cell tracer and as a reactive dye for labeling aldehydes or ketones in polysaccharides or glycoproteins. Alexa Fluor® 633 is a bright, far red fluorescent dye with excitation ideally suited to the 633 nm laser line. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 633 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10.

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® hydrazide:

• Fluorophore label : Alexa Fluor® 633 dye
• Reactive group: hydrazide
• Reactivity: Aldehydes or keytones in polysaccharides or glycoproteins
• Ex/Em of the conjugate: 624/643 nm
• Extinction coefficient: 110,000 cm-1M-1
• Spectrally similar dyes: Cy5
• Molecular weight: ~1,150

Cell Tracking and Tracing Applications
Alexa Fluor® hydrazides and hydroxlamines are useful as low molecular weight, membrane-impermeant, aldehyde-fixable cell tracers, exhibiting brighter fluorescence and greater photostability than cell tracers derived from other spectrally similar fluorophores. 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.

Glycoprotein and Polysaccharide Labeling Applications
The Alexa Fluor® hydrazides and hydroxlamines are reactive molecules that can be used to add a fluorescent label to biomolecules containing aldehydes or ketones. Aldehydes and ketones can be introduced into polysaccharides and glycoproteins by periodate-mediated oxidation of vicinal diols. Galactose oxidase can also be used to oxidize terminal galactose residues of glycoproteins to aldehydes.

Hydrazide vs Hydroxylamine
Hydrazine derivatives react with ketones and aldehydes to yield relatively stable hydrazones. Hydroxylamine derivatives (aminooxy compounds) react with aldehydes and ketones to yield oximes. Oximes are superior to hydrazones with respect to hydrolytic stability. Both hydrazones and oximes can be reduced with sodium borohydride (NaBH4) to further increase the stability of the linkage.

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.

Related Products
DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) (D12345)
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)

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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N-(Biotinoyl)-N'-(Iodoacetyl)Ethylenediamine (Invitrogen™)

The thiol-reactive biotin iodoacetamide reagent can be used to covalently attach biotin to thiol-containing proteins or thiolated nucleic acids.  The addition of a biotin residue enables the detection with avidin or streptavidin conjugates.  Electrophoretically separated thiol-containing proteins treated with biotin iodoacetamide have been detected in Western blots using an avidin–alkaline phosphatase conjugate.

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

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

Qtracker™ 525 Cell Labeling Kit (Trial Size) (Invitrogen™)

The Qtracker® 525 Cell Labeling Kit uses a custom targeting peptide to deliver green-fluorescent Qdot® 525 probe (ex/em 405–485/525 nm) into the cytoplasm of live cells. Once inside the cells, the Qdot® 525 probe provides an intense, stable fluorescence that can be traced through several generations and is not transferred to adjacent cells in a population. This trial-size version offers a convenient introduction to the Qtracker® cell labeling technology at an affordable price.

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

Features of the Qtracker® Cell Labeling kits include:

• Qtracker® probes allow for continuous illumination, without photobleaching or degradation problems often associated with organic dyes
• Simple to use—add Qtracker® labeling solution to cells in serum-containing media, incubate one hour, then detect and track the cells
• Provide an intense, stable fluorescence that can be traced through several generations
• Excellent tool 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® probes into the cytoplasm of live cells. Since the cytoplasmic delivery mechanism is not mediated by a specific enzyme, no cell-type specificity has been observed. Maximum delivery is typically accomplished in less than 1 hour.

The Qdot® probes are compatible with serum-sensitive cells. The intense fluorescence from the Qdot® probes is maintained in complex cellular environments and under various biological conditions including changes in intracellular pH, temperature, and metabolic activity.

Long-Lasting, Targeted Signal
Use of Qtracker® Cell Labeling kits results in the ability to observe labeled cells with extensive continuous illumination, without photobleaching or degradation problems often associated with organic dyes. Once inside the cells, the Qdot® probes are localized to cytoplasmic vesicles and are inherited by daughter cells for at least six generations. Fluorescence from the Qdot® probes can be detected for up to a week after delivery in some cell lines. The long-term cellular retention of the Qdot® probes results in an ideal tool for studying cell motility, migration, differentiation, morphology, and many other cellular function studies. Since the Qtracker® labels do not leak out of intact labeled cells and are not transferred to adjacent cells, the Qtracker® Cell Labeling kits result in a targeted signal.

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 used 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.

Click-iT™ Amine sDIBO Alkyne (Invitrogen™)

Click-iT Amine sDIBO Alkyne reacts with azides via a copper-free Click chemistry reaction to produce amine bioconjugates. sDIBO alkynes are improved versions of our original DIBO cyclooctynes, yielding conjugates that are less “sticky” and give lower signal background in biological samples. Copper-free Click bio-conjugation reactions are ideal for surface labeling of live cells and also minimize damage to enzymes and fluorescent proteins like GFP or R-PE. Macromolecules that have been azide-modified enzymatically, chemically, or metabolically can be now be labeled easily, yielding more soluble bioconjugates with improved biological labeling utility.

• More soluble than DIBO cyclooctynes leading to more soluble conjugates
• Minimal background potential in cells and tissues compared to original DIBO cycloctynes

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.

Alexa Fluor™ 633 NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 633 is a bright and photostable far-red dye with excitation ideally suited to the 633 nm laser line. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 633 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® 633 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® 633 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® 633 dye
Reactive group: NHS ester
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 621/639 nm
Extinction coefficient: 159,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: Cy5®
Molecular weight: ~1200

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.

NHS-Rhodamine (5/6-carboxy-tetramethyl-rhodamine succinimidyl ester), mixed isomer (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific NHS-Rhodamine is a high-performance derivative of rhodamine dye, activated for easy and reliable labeling of antibodies, proteins and other molecules for use as fluorescent probes.

Features of NHS-Rhodamine :

Amine-specific labeling—NHS-ester varieties of rhodamine efficiently label antibodies and other purified proteins at primary amines (lysine side chains)
Optimized procedure—following the standard protocol results in antibodies with excellent dye:protein ratios for optimum activity and fluorescence

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

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

Properties of Rhodamine Dyes:
Thermo Scientific Pierce Rhodamine Dyes are mixtures of isomers with reactive groups attached at the 5- and 6-positions of the bottom ring. The properties of these isomers are indistinguishable in terms of excitation and emission spectra, and for protein applications there is no need to isolate a specific isomer.

NHS-Rhodamine is activated with the N-hydroxy-succinimidyl-ester (NHS ester) functional group. Compared to TRITC, the NHS-ester deriviative has greater specificity toward primary amines in the presence of other nucleophiles and results in a more stable linkage following labeling.

Application Data:

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EZ-Link™ NHS-PEG Solid-Phase Biotinylation Kit - Mini-Spin Columns (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link NHS-PEG Solid Phase Biotinylation Kits provide an on-column approach to amine-targeted antibody biotinylation that provides greater control over the labeling reaction and clean-up process.

Features of the EZ-Link NHS-PEG Solid-Phase Biotinylation Kit:

Suitable for larger-scale reactions—1 to 10 mg antibody
Fast labeling and purification—the entire procedure takes only about one hour
Easy removal of spent and excess labeling reagent—simply wash away the reaction byproducts—no need for dialysis or gel filtration
No dilution effects—solid-phase method allows initially dilute antibodies to be recovered in a smaller volume after labeling
Optimized protocols—specific protocols for antibody ensure appropriate level of labeling (2 to 5 biotins per antibody molecule), minimizing possibility of inactivation caused by overlabeling
High-performance biotin reagent—NHS-PEG4-Biotin uses efficient, amine-specific NHS-ester chemistry and includes hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) spacer that stabilizes long-term solubility of labeled antibodies
Eight biotin-labeling experiments per kit—Thermo Scientific No-Weigh Packaging ensures that the biotin reagent is fully active for eight separate experiments

This innovative antibody-labeling system uses nickel-chelated agarose to temporarily immobilize antibody molecules via their histidine-rich Fc regions. Once held in place on the resin, the antibody can be biotinylated at primary amines with the high-quality, solubility-stabilizing NHS-PEG4-Biotin reagent. Excess labeling reagent and byproducts are then washed away before recovering the labeled and purified antibody from the resin using a mild imidazole solution. No gel filtration or dialysis is needed.

EZ-Link Solid-Phase Biotinylation Kits use an innovative strategy for antibody biotinylation that simplifies the process in many respects, making successful biotinylation possible for the novice and expert. The strategy involves immobilizing the antibody to a metal-chelated affinity support and performing the biotinylation in the solid phase.

Antibodies bind readily to metal-chelated supports, such as nickel or cobalt, binding primarily through the histidine-rich Fc region of IgG-class antibodies. This feature allows the derivatization chemistry to be performed easily while the antibody is bound to the support. This strategy facilitates reagent delivery and removal of spent reagent. The resulting modified antibody is then selectively removed from the support by elution with a buffered imidazole solution.

The solid-phase approach to antibody biotinylation provides more control over the reaction. For example: Reagent and antibody ratios and reaction times can be adjusted to achieve the proper degree of biotinylation for the intended application.

The kits contain an aqueous soluble amino group-specific reagent (NHS-PEG4-Biotin) that targets accessible amino (-NH2) groups on the surface of the antibody. The format can be applied at the multi-milligram antibody level in the 1 mL column kit (Part No. 21440) or to low microgram antibody levels for biotinylations using the mini-spin column kit (Part No. 21450).

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1-pyrenebutanoic acid, succinimidyl ester (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive 1-pyrenebutanoic acid, succinimidyl ester can be used to create environment-sensitive bioconjugates with this unique fluorophore.

D-Biotin (Invitrogen™)

D-biotin binds with high affinity to streptavidin, avidin and NeutrAvidin® biotin-binding proteins. This solution can be used in conjunction with unlabeled streptavidin or avidin in procedures to block endogenous biotin.

CellTracker™ Red CMTPX Dye (Invitrogen™)

CellTracker™ Red CMTPX is a fluorescent dye well suited for monitoring cell movement or location. After loading the cells, the dye is well retained, allowing for multigenerational tracking of cellular movements. The deep red excitation/emission spectra are ideal for multiplexing with green 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)
• Red excitation/emission spectra (577/602 nm maxima) ideal for multiplexing
• Low cytotoxicity—does not affect viability or proliferation

The CellTracker™ Red CMTPX fluorescent dye has been designed to freely pass through cell membranes into cells, where it is transformed into cell-impermeant reaction products. CellTracker™ Red CMTPX dye is retained in living cells through several generations. The dye is transferred to daughter cells but not adjacent cells in a population. CellTracker™ Red CMTPX 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™ Red CMTPX dye are well separated from GFP (green fluorescent protein) spectra allowing for multiplexing.

Pierce™ Biotin (Thermo Scientific™)

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

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ManNAz (N-azidoacetylmannosamine tetraacylated) (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific Pierce ManNAz (N-azidoacetylmannosamine-tetraacylated) is an azide-labeled sugar that provides a highly specific approach for studying glycoproteins through in vivo metabolic labeling and chemoselective ligation.

Features of Azido-Sugars:

Bioorthogonal—the azido group is small, nonreactive and absent from living systems; as such the azido-sugar compounds do not interfere with endogenous cellular pathways and substitute for their naturally occurring analogs
Compatible—reaction chemistry with phosphine compounds occurs effectively in simple buffer conditions; requires no accessory reagents such as copper or reducing agents
Chemoselective—azide and phosphine groups do not react or interfere with components of biological samples but conjugate to one another with high efficiency
Versatile—azide tag can be targeted for detection, immobilization, conjugation or affinity purification depending on which phosphine-activated compound it is reacted with

These sugars are azide-derivatives of naturally occurring monosaccharides that cells use to glycosylate proteins using post-translational modification biochemical pathways. The azide functional group is small and nonreactive with endogenous molecules. When supplied to cells, these compounds become incorporated by glycosylation events to effectively "tag" glycoproteins with the azide group. The azide group then can be specifically targeted for detection or conjugation using alkyne-activated reagents ("click" chemistry) or phosphine-activated reagents (Staudinger ligation).

When used in combination with phosphine-activated fluorescent dyes, biotin reagents, and or other compounds, these azido-modified sugars facilitate the investigation of cellular pathways involving glycosylation.

There are several classes of glycoproteins grouped by the type of carbohydrate and amino acid linkage site. N-linked glycosylation is a modification of asparagine amines, whereas O-linked glycosylation occurs through the hydroxyl of serine and threonine residues. The azido-modified sugars are metabolic substitutes for endogenous amino sugars. ManNAz is converted by cells to an azido sialic acid derivative that is used for N-linked glycosylation of cell surface proteins. GlcNAz and GalNAz are predominantly used to label the O-linked glycosylation (O-GlcNAc and O-GalNAc).

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Click-iT™ Plus OPP Alexa Fluor™ 594 Protein Synthesis Assay Kit (Invitrogen™)

The Click-iT® Plus OPP Alexa Fluor® 594 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® 594 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® 594 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 to produce low backgrounds and high detection sensitivities. Because of the mild reaction conditions, Click-iT® Plus assays detect protein translation events while enabling 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.

SiteClick™ Qdot™ 565 Antibody Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

Create a perfectly labeled antibody with the SiteClick™ Qdot® 565 Antibody Labeling Kit. This kit replaces the conventional Qdot® 565 Antibody Conjugation Kit (Q22031MP). 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® 565 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® 565 labels can be used in confocal or traditional fluoresce microscopy.
• In flow cytometry, Qdot® 565 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™ 568 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-red fluorescent Alexa Fluor® 568. 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® 568 Antibody Labeling Kit:
• With an excitation and emission maximum of 577/603 nm, Alexa Fluor® 568 can be efficiently excited using a 568 nm Kr laser line and detected under standard Rhodamine Red/Cy3.5® filters
• Labeled proteins typically ready to use typically in 90 min (~15 min hands-on time)
• Useful for labeling 100 µg of protein
• Optimized for small-scale labeling of any protein >40 kDa
• Purified using convenient spin filters
• Stabilizing proteins must be removed from the sample before labeling
• Includes detailed instructions for determining degree of labeling (DOL)


Better Results and Workflows with Primary labeled antibodies
A primary antibody directly labeled with a fluorophore often produces lower background fluorescence and less nonspecific binding. Further, multiple primary antibodies of the same isotype or derived from the same species can easily be used in the same experiment if they are directly labeled with compatible fluorophores.

Superior Alexa Fluor® Dyes
Compared to traditional dyes, Alexa Fluor® dyes are brighter, more photostable, and more pH resistant between pH 4 and 10. And generally when using Alexa Fluor® dyes, higher degrees of labeling can be achieved without intramolecular quenching. For details see Alexa Fluor® Dyes Spanning the Visible and Infrared Spectrum—Section 1.3.

Learn More About Protein and Antibody Labeling
We offer a wide selection of Molecular Probes® antibody and protein labeling kits to fit your starting material and your experimental setup. See Antibody Labeling from A to Z or use our Labeling Chemistry Selection Tool for other choices. To learn more about our various kits read Kits for Labeling Proteins and Nucleic Acids—Section 1.2 in the Molecular Probes® Handbook.

We'll Make a Custom Antibody Conjugate for You
If you can't find what you're looking for in our stocked list, we'll prepare a custom antibody conjugate for you. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we stand by the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

pHrodo™ iFL Red Microscale Protein Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

The pHrodo iFL Red Microscale Protein Labeling Kit provides the reagents needed to easily label 3 microscale purified protein or antibody samples (20–100 µg) with pHrodo iFL Red dye.

The pHrodo iFL Red Microscale Labeling Kit is:
Convenient—labeling typically takes 2 hours with less than 30 min hands-on time
Versatile—label proteins with molecular weights between 12 and 150 kDa
Customizable—create your own probes for studying antibody internalization, phagocytosis, and endocytosis

This kit contains amine-reactive pH-sensitive pHrodo iFL Red STP ester dye that covalently binds to free lysines anywhere they occur in an antibody or protein. pHrodo iFL Red dye is an improved version of pHrodoRed dye optimized for the creation of bright and soluble bioconjugates to be used in the study of antibody internalization, endocytosis, and phagocytosis. 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. pHrodo iFL Red dye dramatically increases fluorescence as the pH of its surroundings become more acidic. It is non-fluorescent outside the cell, but fluoresces bright red in phagosomes and endosomes.

Click-iT™ Protein Enrichment Kit, for click chemistry capture of azide-modified proteins (Invitrogen™)

The Click-iT® Protein Enrichment Kit for the efficient capture of click chemistry based azide-modified proteins on a resin of alkyne agarose. Superior to biotin or lectin based enrichment approaches. Ideal for proteomics, biomarker discovery, posttranslational modification (PTM) analysis, and more. The azide modification can occur via metabolic feeding, enzymatic addition, or chemical modification. Click-Azide modified proteins, or their post-translationally modified forms, are enriched from complex protein extracts on the alkyne-agarose resin supplied. Once anchored to the resin via copper catalyzed click chemistry, extensive washing yields a highly enriched population of nascent molecules that can be furthered characterized by mass spectrometry. The alkyne-agarose resin improves upon existing biotin approaches by>8 fold, with signal to noise of biotin = 3 while the Click-iT resin = 25.

Perfect upstream MS-based sample preparation technique for looking at changes in global protein expression and biomarker analysis.

The new Click-iT® enrichment resin affords many distinct advantages including::

  1. global differential profiling of multiple subclasses of posttranslationally modified (PTM) proteins and newly synthesized proteins


  2. improved signal to noise by eliminating nonspecific binding and increasing selectivity, thus improving detection of low abundant proteins


  3. accelerates PTM site identification leading to more rapid initiation of functional studies

  4. fully compatible with widely used MS techniques including iTRAC and ICAT.


Seamless integration of cell biology with protein chemistry.

Affordable, easy, no special equipment required.

To know what’s new in your cells use Click-iT®

Click-iT®: One Reaction, Endless Possibilities.

Alexa Fluor™ 555 NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 555 is a bright orange dye. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 555 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 555 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® 555 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® 555 dye
Reactive group: NHS ester
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 555/572 nm
Extinction coefficient: 155,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: tetramethylrhodamine
Molecular weight: ~1250

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.

R-Phycoerythrin (Invitrogen™)

Phycobiliprotein bioconjugates including antibody and other protein conjugates can be made with the exceptionally bright phycobiliprotein, R-phycoerythrin using the Protein-Protein Crosslinking Kit (P6305).

BODIPY™ 581/591 NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

BODIPY® 581/591 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® 581/591 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® 581/591 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® 581/591 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® 581/591 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® 581/591 NHS ester:

Fluorophore label: BODIPY® 581/591 dye
Reactive group: NHS ester (succinimidyl ester)
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 581/591 nm
Extinction coefficient: 136,000 cm-1M-1
Molecular weight: 489.28

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.

DyLight™ 594 Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific DyLight 594 Antibody Labeling Kit contains an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 594 used to fluorescently label antibodies and other proteins that are then used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods. The standard size kit contains all necessary components to perform three separate labeling reactions using 1 mg of IgG or similar quantities of other proteins.

DyLight 594 provides vibrant red fluorescence with better performance than Alexa Fluor™ 594 and Texas Red™ dye for fluorescent applications. The high water solubility of DyLight Fluors means that a high dye-to-protein ratio can be attained without causing precipitation of the conjugates. DyLight 594 Amine-Reactive Dye is available as a stand-alone reagent or as part of two antibody labeling kit sizes.

Features of DyLight 594 NHS Ester:

High performance—DyLight 594 shows brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor 594 and Texas Red
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 594 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 594 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 594 Amine-Reactive Dye to be provided in multiple formats with flexible protocols to achieve efficient degrees of labeling.

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DyLight™ 594 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit

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.

APEX™ Pacific Blue™ 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.

DyLight™ 755 NHS Ester (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 755 Amine-Reactive Dye is an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 755 used to fluorescently label antibodies and other proteins that are then used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods.

DyLight 755 is a near-IR fluor that is invisible to the naked eye but increases the staining options when using infrared imaging systems. DyLight 755 has spectral properties that are very similar to other near-IR dyes, including Alexa Fluor™ 750. 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 755 Amine-Reactive Dye is also available as part of two antibody labeling kit sizes.

Features of DyLight 755 NHS Ester:

High performance—DyLight 755 replaces Alexa Fluor 755 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 755 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 755 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 755 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 755 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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5-IAF (5-Iodoacetamidofluorescein) (Invitrogen™)

The thiol-reactive 5-iodoacetamidofluorescein (5-IAF) can be used to produce bioconjugates with the 5-isomer of fluorescein.

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

The Thermo Scientific EZ-Link Sulfo NHS-SS Biotinylation Kit contains sufficient reagents for 10 biotinylation reactions (e.g., 1–10 mg antibody per reaction). The EZ-Link Sulfo-NHS-SS-Biotin included in the kit 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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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.

APEX™ Alexa Fluor™ 488 Antibody Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

The APEX® Antibody Labeling Kits are our best option for covalently attaching a fluorophore to small amounts of IgG antibody (~10–20 μg). It is ideal for the efficient labeling of antibodies in serum, ascites fluid, or hybridoma suspensions. Labeled antibodies are ready for use in imaging or flow cytometry applications in as little as 2.5 hours with very little hands on time.

Important Features of Alexa Fluor® APEX® Antibody Labeling Kits:

• Labeled antibodies typically ready to use in 2.5 hours (~15 minutes hands on time)
• Designed to label 10–20 μg of IgG
• Covalent attachment
• Compatible with contaminating proteins or stabilizers like BSA
• No columns needed; everything you need is supplied for 5 separate labelings
• Choose from Alexa Fluor® 488, 555, 568, 594, and 647 dyes, Oregon Green® 488 dye, Pacific Blue™ dye, and Biotin-XX.


Better Results and Workflows With Primary Labeled Antibodies
A primary antibody directly labeled with a fluorophore often produces lower background fluorescence and less nonspecific binding. Further, multiple primary antibodies of the same isotype or derived from the same species can easily be used in the same experiment if they are directly labeled with compatible fluorophores.

Contaminating Proteins or Protein Stabilizers Are Not a Problem
Many IgG antibodies are often available only in small quantities and packaged with stabilizing proteins, such as BSA, or other contaminants which can interfere with the amine-reactive labeling reagents. The APEX® Antibody Labeling Kits avoids this by utilizing a solid-phase labeling technique that captures the IgG antibody on the resin inside the APEX® antibody labeling tip. Contaminants are simply eluted through the tip, prior to applying the amine-reactive label.

Learn More about Protein and Antibody Labeling
We offer a wide selection of Molecular Probes® antibody and protein labeling kits to fit your starting material and your experimental setup. See Antibody Labeling from A to Z or use our Labeling Chemistry Selection Tool for other choices. To learn more about our various kits read Kits for Labeling Proteins and Nucleic Acids—Section 1.2 in the Molecular Probes® Handbook.

We’ll Make a Custom Antibody Conjugate for You
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our stocked list, we’ll prepare a custom antibody conjugate for you. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we stand by the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

Fluorescein-EX 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™ 680 Antibody Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

Molecular Probes® Alexa Fluor® antibody labeling kits provide a convenient means to label small amounts of antibodies with Alexa Fluor® dyes (choice of 10 colors). This kit is optimized for labeling 100 μg of antibody per reaction with infrared fluorescent Alexa Fluor® 680. Small amounts of other proteins (>40 kDa) can also be labeled with this kit.

The Alexa Fluor® 680 Antibody Labeling Kits contains everything you need to perform five separate labeling reactions as well as to purify the resulting conjugates. The conjugates are ideal for multiple applications, including small animal in vivo imaging, flow cytometry, fluorescent microscopy, immunohistochemistry, primary detection, ELISAs, immunocytochemistry, indirect FISH, and more.

With an excitation and emission maximum of 684/707 nm, Alexa Fluor® 680 can be efficiently excited and detected in most standard small animal in vivo imaging and fluorescent western blot imaging systems.

Important Features of Alexa Fluor® 680 Antibody Labeling Kit:

• Labeled proteins typically ready to use in 90 min (~15 min hands-on time)
• Optimized for small-scale labeling of any protein >40 kDa
• Conjugates purified using convenient spin filters
• Stabilizing proteins must be removed from the sample before labeling
• Includes detailed instructions for determining degree of labeling (DOL)

Better Results and Workflows Possible with Labeled Primary Antibodies
A primary antibody directly labeled with a fluorophore often produces lower background fluorescence and less nonspecific binding. Further, multiple primary antibodies of the same isotype or derived from the same species can easily be used in the same experiment if they are directly labeled with compatible fluorophores.

Superior Alexa Fluor® Dyes
Compared to traditional dyes, Alexa Fluor® dyes are brighter, more photostable, and more pH resistant between pH 4 and 10. And generally when using Alexa Fluor® dyes, higher degrees of labeling can be achieved without intramolecular quenching. For details see Alexa Fluor® Dyes Spanning the Visible and Infrared Spectrum—Section 1.3.

Learn More About Protein and Antibody Labeling
We offer a wide selection of Molecular Probes® antibody and protein labeling kits to fit your starting material and your experimental setup. See Antibody Labeling from A to Z or use our Labeling Chemistry Selection Tool for other choices. To learn more about our various kits, read Kits for Labeling Proteins and Nucleic Acids—Section 1.2 in the Molecular Probes® Handbook.

We’ll Make a Custom Antibody Conjugate for You
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our stocked list, we’ll prepare a custom antibody conjugate for you. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we stand by the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

Alexa Fluor™ 680 NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 680 is a bright and photostable near-IR dye that is spectrally similar to the Cy5.5 dye. 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. 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® 680 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® 680 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® 680 dye
Reactive group: NHS ester
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 684/707 nm
Extinction coefficient: 183,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: Cy5.5

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.

R-Phycoerythrin, Pyridyldisulfide Derivative (Invitrogen™)

The pyridyldisulfide derivative of R-phycoerythrin (R-PE) can be reacted directly with thiolated antibodies, enzymes and other biomolecules to form a disulfide linkage.

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

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

Important Features of Zenon® Labeling Technology:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

We’ll Make a Custom Antibody Conjugate for You
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our stocked list, we’ll prepare a custom antibody conjugate for you. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we stand by the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

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

6-TAMRA, SE (6-Carboxytetramethylrhodamine, Succinimidyl Ester), single isomer (Invitrogen™)

The isomeric 6-TAMRA, SE is an amine-reactive form of tetramethylrhodamine. The single-isomer preparations of TAMRA are most important for high-resolution techniques such as DNA sequencing and capillary electrophoresis. 6-TAMRA is one of the traditional fluorophores used for automated DNA sequencing.

Zenon™ R-Phycoerythrin Mouse IgG2a Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

Zenon labeling technology provides a fast, versatile and reliable method for producing antibody conjugates, even with very small (submicrogram) amounts of starting material. Antibody conjugates formed using Zenon technology may be used to stain cells in any protocol where a directly labeled primary antibody is suitable, including flow cytometry, imaging, high throughput and other applications. Moreover, this technology simplifies applications that previously were time consuming or not practical, such as the use of multiple mouse-derived antibodies in the same staining protocol.

View a selection guide for all Zenon™ antibody labeling kits and other antibody labeling products.

BODIPY™ R6G NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

BODIPY® R6G dye is bright, yellow fluorescent dye with similar excitation and emission to rhodamine 6G. 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® R6G 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® R6G 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® R6G 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® R6G 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® R6G NHS ester:

Fluorophore label: BODIPY® R6G dye
Reactive group: NHS ester (succinimidyl ester)
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 528/547 nm
Extinction coefficient: 70,000 cm-1M-1
Molecular weight: 437.21

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.

Zenon™ Alexa Fluor™ 555 Rabbit IgG Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

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

Important Features of Zenon® Labeling Technology:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

We’ll Make a Custom Antibody Conjugate for You
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our stocked list, we’ll prepare a custom antibody conjugate for you. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we stand by the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

Related Links:

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

Qdot™ 800 ITK™ Carboxyl Quantum Dots (Invitrogen™)

Qdot® 800 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® 800 ITK™ carboxyl quantum dot has emission maxima of ~800 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.

Alexa Fluor™ 555 Microscale Protein Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

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

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

Stable Reaction Chemistry and Superior Alexa Fluor® Dyes
In the Microscale Protein Labeling Kits, the reactive dye contains a succinimidyl (NHS) ester moiety that reacts with primary amines of proteins to form stable dye-protein conjugates. Compared to traditional dyes, Alexa Fluor® dyes are brighter, more photostable, and more pH resistant between pH 4 and 10. And generally when using Alexa Fluor® dyes, higher degrees of labeling can be achieved without intramolecular quenching. For details see Alexa Fluor® Dyes Spanning the Visible and Infrared Spectrum—Section 1.3.

Learn More About Protein and Antibody Labeling
We offer a wide selection of Molecular Probes® antibody and protein labeling kits to fit your starting material and your experimental setup. See Antibody Labeling from A to Z or use our Labeling Chemistry Selection Tool for other choices. To learn more about our various kits read Kits for Labeling Proteins and Nucleic Acids—Section 1.2 in the Molecular Probes® Handbook.

We’ll Make a Custom Antibody Conjugate for You
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our stocked list, we’ll prepare a custom antibody conjugate for you. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we stand by the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

DNP-X, SE, 6-(2,4-Dinitrophenyl)aminohexanoic Acid, Succinimidyl Ester (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive DNP-X succinimidyl ester can be used bioconjugates that can be detected with anti-dinitrophenyl (anti-DNP) antibodies. This reactive hapten contains an additional seven-atom aminohexanoyl spacer ("X") between the fluorophore and the succinimidyl ester group. This spacer helps to separate increase accessibility to anti-DNP antibodies.

PyMPO, SE, 1-(3-(Succinimidyloxycarbonyl)Benzyl)-4-(5-(4-Methoxyphenyl)Oxazol-2-yl)Pyridinium Bromide (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive PyMPO succinimidyl ester can be used to create bioconjugates with this environment-sensitive fluorophore.

EZ-Link™ BMCC-Biotin (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link BMCC-Biotin is a maleimide-activated, sulfhydryl-reactive biotinylation reagent with an extended spacer arm that contains a stabilizing cyclohexane group.

Features of EZ-Link BMCC-Biotin:

Protein labeling—biotinylate antibodies or other proteins for use in protein methods
Membrane-permeable—can be used to label inside cells (intracellular)
Thiol-reactive—reacts with sulfhydryls (-SH), such as the side-chain of cysteine (C)
Maleimide-activated—perform reactions at pH 6.5 to 7.5 in buffers such as PBS
Irreversible—forms permanent thioether bonds; spacer arm cannot be cleaved
Solubility—must be dissolved in DMSO or DMF before further dilution in aqueous buffers
Medium length—spacer arm (total length added to target) is 32.6 angstroms; contains cyclohexane ring, which stabilizes adjacent maleimide

BMCC-Biotin is a maleimido-biotin compound for labeling protein cysteines and other molecules that contain sulfhydryl groups. This reagent specifically reacts with reduced thiols (-SH) in near-neutral buffers to form permanent (irreversible) thioether bonds. The unique feature of BMCC-Biotin is its spacer arm cyclohexane ring; this has a stabilizing effect that minimizes hydrolysis and degradation of the maleimide group until it has opportunity to conjugate with target thiols.

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. Three types of sulfhydryl-reactive compounds are available: maleimido, iodoacetyl and pyridyldithiol. Maleimide reagents specifically react with sulfhydryl groups (-SH) in near-neutral buffers to form permanent thioether bonds.

In proteins, sulfhydryls exist where there are cysteine (C) residues. Cystine disulfide bonds must be reduced to make sulfhydryl groups available for labeling. Hinge-region disulfide bridges of antibodies can be selectively reduced to make functional half-antibodies that can be labeled.

Alexa Fluor™ 594 Hydrazide, for microinjection (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 594 Hydrazide is useful as a cell tracer and as a reactive dye for labeling aldehydes or ketones in polysaccharides or glycoproteins. This version is formatted as a ready-to-use solution that is dissolved in a 200 mM KCl solution and filter sterilized.

Alexa Fluor® 594 is a bright, red fluorescent dye. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 594 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 594 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® hydrazide:

• Fluorophore label : Alexa Fluor® 594 dye
• Reactive group: hydrazide
• Reactivity: Aldehydes or keytones in polysaccharides or glycoproteins
• Ex/Em of the conjugate: 588/613 nm
• Extinction coefficient: 97,000 cm-1M-1
• Spectrally similar dyes: Texas Red
• Molecular weight: 758.79

Cell Tracking and Tracing Applications
Alexa Fluor® hydrazides and hydroxlamines are useful as low molecular weight, membrane-impermeant, aldehyde-fixable cell tracers, exhibiting brighter fluorescence and greater photostability than cell tracers derived from other spectrally similar fluorophores. 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.

Glycoprotein and Polysaccharide Labeling Applications
The Alexa Fluor® hydrazides and hydroxlamines are reactive molecules that can be used to add a fluorescent label to biomolecules containing aldehydes or ketones. Aldehydes and ketones can be introduced into polysaccharides and glycoproteins by periodate-mediated oxidation of vicinal diols. Galactose oxidase can also be used to oxidize terminal galactose residues of glycoproteins to aldehydes.

Hydrazide vs Hydroxylamine
Hydrazine derivatives react with ketones and aldehydes to yield relatively stable hydrazones. Hydroxylamine derivatives (aminooxy compounds) react with aldehydes and ketones to yield oximes. Oximes are superior to hydrazones with respect to hydrolytic stability. Both hydrazones and oximes can be reduced with sodium borohydride (NaBH4) to further increase the stability of the linkage.

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.

Related Products
DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) (D12345)
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)