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

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

Alexa Fluor™ 546 C5 Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 546 is a bright, orange fluorescent dye that can be excited using the 488 nm or 532 nm laser lines. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 546 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 546 dye conjugated to a variety of antibodies, peptides, proteins, tracers, and amplification substrates optimized for cellular labeling and detection (learn more).

The maleimide derivative of Alexa Fluor® 546 is the most popular tool for conjugating the dye to a thiol group on a protein, oligonucleotide thiophosphate, or low molecular weight ligand. The resulting Alexa Fluor® 546 conjugates exhibit brighter fluorescence and greater photostability than the conjugates of other spectrally similar fluorophores.

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® maleimide:

Fluorophore label: Alexa Fluor® 546 dye
Reactive group: maleimide
Reactivity: thiol groups on proteins and ligands, oligonucleotide thiophosphates
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 554/570 nm
Extinction coefficient: 93,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: Rhodamine red, Cy3
Molecular weight: 1034.37

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

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

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

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

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

DyLight™ 650-Phosphine (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight Fluor Phosphine Reagents are phosphine-activated fluorescent dyes for specific labeling and detection of azide-tagged molecules, which enables use of fluorescence imaging in metabolic labeling strategies.

When used in combination with azide labeling strategies, phosphine-activated DyLight Fluors enable selective fluorescent labeling for detection of protein interactions and post-translational modifications using fluorescence imaging technologies. The phosphine group conjugates to azide groups by the Staudinger reaction mechanism. Azide groups can be introduced into proteins or other cellular targets through in vivo labeling with azide-tagged derivatives of naturally occurring metabolic building blocks. Because neither phosphines nor azides are present in biological systems, they comprise a chemoselective (mutually specific) ligation pair for labeling and conjugation.

General features of the phosphine-activated DyLight Fluors:

Soluble—easily dissolves in water-miscible solvents (e.g., DMSO) for subsequent dilution in aqueous reaction mixtures with cell lysates and other biological samples
Compatible—reaction chemistry occurs effectively in simple buffer conditions; requires no accessory reagents such as copper or reducing agents, and does not interfere with fluorescence applications
Chemoselective—the phosphine reactive group is specific in biological samples for bioorthogonal azide-tagged molecules, ensuring that fluorescent labeling is specific
High-performance fluorescence—DyLight 488, 550 and 650 are intense, highly stable fluorophores for green, orange and red fluorescent detection. (see DyLight Fluors)

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EZ-Link™ Maleimide Activated Horseradish Peroxidase Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific Pierce Maleimide Activated Horseradish Peroxidase Kit is for preparation of HRP conjugates with proteins, peptides or other ligands that contain sulfhydryl groups, such as reduced cysteines. It is sufficient fo the conjugation of 5 mg of immunoglobulin (IgG). The kit contains all buffers and one 10 mL desalting column.

Features of the Maleimide Activated Horseradish Peroxidase Kit :

Activated HRP – horseradish peroxidase (HRP) modified with maleimide groups for conjugation to sulfhydryl molecules
Sulfhydryl-reactivemaleimide groups conjugate to reduced thiols (-SH), as in the side-chain of cysteine residues
High activity HRP – enzyme activity is greater than 240 units/mg; lyophilized, activated enzyme is stable for at least 12 months at 4°C
Complete kit – includes the activated HRP as well as two types of reagents for sulfhydryl-ready antibodies (IgG) or proteins for conjugation

This product consists of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) that has been modified with Sulfo-SMCC (Part No. 22322) to attach several maleimide groups per HRP molecule while retaining the peroxidase activity. The activated HRP will covalently attach to proteins or other molecule containing sulfhydryl groups (e.g., cysteines). HRP-conjugates of antibodies, proteins, peptides and other thiol-containing reporter probes are easily made using this method. The complete kit includes the activated HRP as well as two types of reagents for preparing sulfhydryl-ready antibodies (IgG) or proteins for conjugation.

The complete kit for Maleimide Activated Horseradish Peroxidase contains reagents for exposing or added the necessary sulfhydryl groups on antibodies (IgG) or practically any other protein. These general strategies are described briefly in the applications section of our review of Maleimide Reaction Chemistry. Of course, any protein that contains cysteines has sulfhydryl groups (-SH), but they must be reduced (not in the form of disulfide bonds) to be conjugated. Antibodies also contain disulfide bonds that can be targeted as antibody labeling sites; the hinge-region disulfide bonds in IgG can be selectively cleaved with the mild reducing agent 2-Mercaptoethylamine (Part No. 20408), which is included in the complete kit. Alternatively, sulfhydryl groups can be added to proteins (or any amine-containing molecule) using SATA reagent (Part No. 26102), which also is included in the kit.

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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.

EZ-Link™ NHS-PEG4 Biotinylation Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific EZ-Link NHS-PEG4 Biotinylation Kit contains EZ-Link NHS-PEG4-Biotin and accessory reagents required for 8 1–10 mg protein labeling reactions. EZ-Link NHS-PEG4-Biotin is a pegylated, water-soluble reagent for simple and efficient biotin labeling of antibodies, proteins and other primary amine-containing macromolecules.

Features of EZ-Link NHS-PEG4-Biotin:

Protein labeling—biotinylate antibodies or other proteins for detection or purification using streptavidin probes or resins
Amine-reactive—reacts with primary amines (-NH2), such as the side-chain of lysines (K) or the amino-termini of polypeptides
Pegylated – spacer arm contains a hydrophilic, 4-unit, polyethylene glycol (PEG) group
Enhances solubility – pegylation imparts water solubility to the biotinylated molecule, helping to prevent aggregation of biotinylated antibodies stored in solution
Irreversible—forms permanent amide bonds; spacer arm cannot be cleaved
Long reach – spacer arm (total length added to target) is 29 angstroms; this reduces steric hindrance when binding to avidin molecules

NHS-PEG4-Biotin is a long (29.0Å), pegylated, water-soluble, NHS-ester biotinylation reagent to label amines and maximize solubility of antibodies and other proteins. The N-hydroxysuccinimide ester (NHS) group reacts specifically and efficiently with lysine and N-terminal amino groups to form stable amide bonds. The hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) spacer arm imparts water solubility that is transferred to the biotinylated molecule, thus reducing aggregation of labeled proteins stored in solution. The PEG spacer arm also gives the reagent a long and flexible connection to minimize steric hindrance for binding to avidin molecules.

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

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

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

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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.

EZ-Link™ Phosphine-PEG3-Biotin (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific Pierce EZ-Link Phosphine-PEG3-Biotin is a biotinylation reagent for labeling azide-containing molecules, which enables biotin-based detection and affinity purification of molecules via Staudinger ligation strategies.

Features of EZ-Link Phosphine-PEG3-Biotin:

Soluble—easily dissolves in water-miscible solvents (e.g., DMSO) for subsequent dilution in aqueous reaction mixtures with cell lysates and other biological samples
Compatible—reaction chemistry occurs effectively in simple buffer conditions; requires no accessory reagents such as copper or reducing agents
Chemoselective—the phosphine reactive group is specific in biological samples for bioorthogonal azide-tagged molecules, ensuring that biotinylation is specific
PEG spacer—polyethylene glycol spacer arm helps maintain solubility of labeled molecules and decreases steric hindrance for affinity-binding to avidin, streptavidin or NeutrAvidin Protein

When used in combination with azide labeling strategies, this compound enables detection or affinity purification of protein interactions and post-translational modifications using streptavidin probes or streptavidin agarose resins. The phosphine group of Phosphine-PEG3-Biotin conjugates to azide groups by the Staudinger reaction mechanism. Azide groups can be introduced into proteins or other cellular targets through in vivo labeling with azide-tagged derivatives of naturally occurring metabolic building blocks. Because neither phosphines nor azides are present in biological systems, they comprise a chemoselective (mutually specific) ligation pair for labeling and conjugation.

DyLight™ 680 NHS Ester (Thermo Scientific™)

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

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

Features of DyLight 680 NHS-Ester:

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

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

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

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

We also offer Standard and Microscale DyLight 680 Antibody Labeling Kits for fast and efficient fluorescent labeling of antibodies for use in fluorescence methods.The standard size kit contains all necessary components to perform three separate labeling reactions using 1 mg of IgG or similar quantities of other proteins. The microscale kit contains all of the necessary components to perform five separate labeling reactions using 100 µg of IgG. Both kit sizes include the Amine-Reactive DyLight 680 NHS-ester in convenient single-use vials as well as purification resin and spin columns for the preparation of ready-to-use conjugate.

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

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

Features of EZ-Link NHS-PEG4-Biotin:

Protein labeling—biotinylate antibodies or other proteins for detection or purification using streptavidin probes or resins
Amine-reactive—reacts with primary amines (-NH2), such as the side-chain of lysines (K) or the amino-termini of polypeptides
Pegylated – spacer arm contains a hydrophilic, 4-unit, polyethylene glycol (PEG) group
Enhances solubility – pegylation imparts water solubility to the biotinylated molecule, helping to prevent aggregation of biotinylated antibodies stored in solution
Irreversible—forms permanent amide bonds; spacer arm cannot be cleaved
Long reach – spacer arm (total length added to target) is 29 angstroms; this reduces steric hindrance when binding to avidin molecules

NHS-PEG4-Biotin is a long (29.0Å), pegylated, water-soluble, NHS-ester biotinylation reagent to label amines and maximize solubility of antibodies and other proteins. The N-hydroxysuccinimide ester (NHS) group reacts specifically and efficiently with lysine and N-terminal amino groups to form stable amide bonds. The hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) spacer arm imparts water solubility that is transferred to the biotinylated molecule, thus reducing aggregation of labeled proteins stored in solution. The PEG spacer arm also gives the reagent a long and flexible connection to minimize steric hindrance for binding to avidin molecules.

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

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

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

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DyLight™ 405 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific DyLight 405 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit contains an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 405 used to fluorescently label antibodies and other proteins that are then used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods. The microscale kit contains all of the necessary components to perform five separate labeling reactions using 100 µg of IgG.

DyLight 405 has a vibrant blue fluorescence intensity that replaces Alexa Fluor™ 405, Cascade™ Blue and AMCA in many 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 405 Amine-Reactive Dye is also available as a stand-alone reagent.

Features of the DyLight 405 Amine-Reactive Dye:

High performance— DyLight 405 shows bright fluorescence and replaces Alexa Fluor 405, Cascade Blue and AMCA
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 405 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 405 Amine-Reactive Dye to be provided in multiple formats with flexible protocols to achieve efficient degrees of labeling.

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

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

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).

Qdot™ 705 ITK™ Carboxyl Quantum Dots (Invitrogen™)

Qdot® 705 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® 705 ITK™ carboxyl quantum dot has emission maxima of ~705 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.

BODIPY™ FL Iodoacetamide (BODIPY™ FL C1-IA, N-(4,4-Difluoro-5,7-Dimethyl-4-Bora-3a,4a-Diaza-s-Indacene-3-yl)Methyl)Iodoacetamide) (Invitrogen™)

The thiol-reactive BODIPY® FL iodoacetamide can be used to create green-fluorescent bioconjugates. The electronically neutral BODIPY® FL dye has the most fluorescein-like spectra of the green-fluorescent BODIPY® dyes.

Zenon™ Allophycocyanin 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.

Alexa Fluor™ 568 NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 568 is a bright orange 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).

The NHS ester (or succinimidyl ester) of Alexa Fluor® 568 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® 568 dye
Reactive group: NHS ester
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 578/602 nm
Extinction coefficient: 88,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: Rhodamine Red
Molecular weight: 791.8

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

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

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

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

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

Monochlorobimane (mBCI) (Invitrogen™)

Monochloromobimane is essentially nonfluorescent until conjugated, readily reacts with several low molecular weight thiols, including glutathione, N-acetylcysteine, mercaptopurine, peptides and plasma thiols. The glutathione conjugate of monochlorobimane has absorption/emission maxima ~394/490 nm.

Zenon™ Biotin-XX 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.

Related Links:

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

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.

Alexa Fluor™ 350 NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

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

The NHS ester (or succinimidyl ester) of Alexa Fluor® 350 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® 350 dye
Reactive group: NHS ester
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 346/445 nm
Extinction coefficient: 19,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: Marina Blue
Molecular weight: 410.4

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

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

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

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

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

Alexa Fluor™ 555 Hydrazide (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 555 Hydrazide is useful as a cell tracer and as a reactive dye for labeling aldehydes or ketones in polysaccharides or glycoproteins. Alexa Fluor® 555 is a bright, orange fluorescent 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).

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® hydrazide:

• Fluorophore label : Alexa Fluor® 555 dye
• Reactive group: hydrazide
• Reactivity: Aldehydes or keytones in polysaccharides or glycoproteins
• Ex/Em of the conjugate: 554/567 nm
• Extinction coefficient: 159,000 cm-1M-1
• Spectrally similar dyes: TRITC, Cy3
• 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)

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

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

Alexa Fluor™ 555 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.

Qtracker™ 525 Cell Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

The reagents in the Qtracker® 525 Cell Labeling Kit use a custom targeting peptide to deliver green-fluorescent Qdot® 525 nanocrystals into the cytoplasm of live cells. Qtracker® Cell Labeling Kits are designed for loading cells grown in culture with highly fluorescent Qdot® nanocrystals. Once inside the cells, Qtracker® labels provide intense, stable fluorescence that can be traced through several generations, and are not transferred to adjacent cells in a population.

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

Key Attributes:

Qtracker® 525 label has Ex/Em (405-485/525) nm
Designed for loading cells grown in culture with highly fluorescent Qdot® nanocrystals
Provide intense, stable fluorescence that can be traced through several generations
Available in eight colors—525 nm, 565 nm, 585 nm, 605 nm, 625 nm, 655 nm, 705 nm, or 800 nm emission
Excellent tools for long-term tracking or imaging studies of live cells, including migration, motility, morphology, and other cell function assays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Alkyne, Succinimidyl Ester (3-Propargyloxypropanoic Acid, Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

Conjugates prepared with the amine-reactive alkyne, succinimidyl ester can be detected with an azide-containing molecule in a click chemistry reaction. Click chemistry describes a class of chemical reactions that use bio-orthogonal or biologically unique moities to label and detect a molecule of interest using a two-step procedure. The two-step reaction procedure involves a copper-catalyzed triazole formation of an azide and an alkyne. Click reactions have several characteristics: the reaction between the detection moieties is efficient; no extreme temperatures or solvents are required; the reaction product is stable; the components of the reaction are bioinert; and perhaps most importantly, no side reactions occur – the label and detection tags react selectively and specifically with one another. Unlike traditional chemical reactions utilizing succinimidyl esters or maleimides that target amines and sulfhydryls – functional groups that are not unique – click chemistry-labeled molecules can be applied to complex biological samples and be detected with unprecedented sensitivity due to extremely low background.

Texas Red™-X, Succinimidyl Ester, single isomer (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive Texas Red®-X, succinimidyl ester can be used to can be used to create bright red-fluorescent bioconjugates with excitation/emission maxima ~595/615 nm. This reactive dye contains an additional seven-atom aminohexanoyl spacer ("X") between the fluorophore and the succinimidyl 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.

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

The Thermo Scientific EZ-Link Sulfo NHS-SS Biotinylation Kit contains sufficient reagents for 8 biotinylation reactions (e.g., 0.05–0.2 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.

Related Products
EZ-Link™ Sulfo-NHS-SS-Biotin
EZ-Link™ Sulfo NHS-SS Biotinylation Kit

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.

Alexa Fluor™ 555 Cadaverine (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 555 Cadaverine is useful as a polar tracer and as a reactive dye for labeling proteins via a carboxylic acid moiety. 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).

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® cadaverine:

• Fluorophore label : Alexa Fluor® 555 dye
• Reactive group: cadaverine
• Reactivity: carboxylic acids, aldehydes, and ketones (and glutamine residues through an enzyme-catalyzed transamidation reaction)
• Ex/Em of the conjugate: 555/572 nm
• Extinction coefficient: 155,000 cm-1M-1
• Spectrally similar dyes: TRITC
• Molecular weight: ~950

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)

GlycanAssure™ AutoXpress Kit with CE Module

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

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

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

DyLight™ 594 NHS Ester (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 594 Amine-Reactive Dye is 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.

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 also available 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)
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.

We also offer Standard and Microscale DyLight 594 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 594 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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DyLight™ 594 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit

BODIPY™ FL EDA, 4,4-Difluoro-5,7-Dimethyl-4-Bora-3a,4a-Diaza-s-Indacene-3-Propionyl Ethylenediamine, Hydrochloride (Invitrogen™)

BODIPY® FL EDA can be reversibly coupled to aldehydes and ketones to form a Schiff base - which can be reduced to a generate stable amine derivative by sodium borohydride (NaBH4) or sodium cyanoborohydride (NaCNH3). Carboxylic acids of proteins and other water-soluble biopolymers can be coupled to this molecule in aqueous solution using water-soluble carbodiimides such as EDAC (E2247).

Fluorescein-5-Isothiocyanate (FITC 'Isomer I') (Invitrogen™)

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

pHrodo™ Green Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

The thiol-reactive pH-sensitive pHrodo® Green Maleimide dye is suitable for the creation of bioconjugates to study endocytosis and phagocytosis. pHrodo® Green dramatically increases fluorescence as the pH of its surroundings become more acidic.
• Use pH-sensitive pHrodo® Green Maleimide to make pH-sensitive bioconjugates of your choice
• Get faster, more accurate results than with any other endocytosis or phagocytosis assay—no need for wash steps or quenchers
• Multiplex with red fluorescent markers such as RFP, pHrodo® Red, and many others

The increase in fluorescence of pHrodo® Green as pH changes from basic to acidic correlates with the acidification of intracellular vesicles, making it an ideal tool to study endocytosis or phagocytosis and their regulation by environmental factors, drugs, or pathogens. The spectral properties of pHrodo® Green makes it useful for multi-color experiments. pHrodo® Green can be detected using most standard green fluorescent filter sets and has been validated for use on a variety of platforms including flow cytometry, fluorescent microscopy, and high content screening (HCS). The lack of fluorescence of pHrodo® Green in a typical extracellular environment eliminates the need for wash steps or quencher dyes in the experimental workflow.

pHrodo® Green Maleimide is a thiol-reactive dye that can be used to create pHrodo® Green bioconjugates in aqueous buffer. The maleimide reacts with free sulphydryl groups produced by the reduction of cysteines in proteins or peptides. Maleimides are particularly useful for labeling antibodies as the dye will not attach to the antibody binding site. This reaction will result in a stable conjugate that can be used in live cell assays or stored for later use.

pHrodo® Green is also available in an amine-reactive form (see pHrodo® Green STP), as well as a selection of ready-to-use conjugates (e.g., E. coli, S. aureus, and dextran). In addition, pHrodo® Red reactive dyes and ready-to-use conjugates are available as a color alternative with the same properties.

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

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

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link NHS-SS-Biotin enables simple and efficient biotinylation of antibodies, proteins and other primary amine-containing molecules, as well as intracellular labeling.

Features of EZ-Link NHS-SS-Biotin:

Protein labeling—biotinylate antibodies or other proteins for detection or purification using streptavidin probes or resins
Membrane-permeable—can be used to label inside cells (intracellular)
Amine-reactive—reacts with primary amines (-NH2), such as the side-chain of lysines (K) 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
Solubility—must be dissolved in DMSO or DMF before further dilution in aqueous buffers
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

NHS-SS-Biotin is succinimidyl 2-(biotinamido)-ethyl-1,3' -dithiopropionate, a compound that enables simple and efficient biotinylation of antibodies, proteins and other primary amine-containing molecules. The extended spacer arm (24.3 angstroms) of this reagent reduces steric hindrance associated with binding to avidin or other biotin-binding proteins and incorporates a reducing agent-cleavable disulfide bond (-S-S-) within the spacer, providing further versatility to the reagent.

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.

Tetramethylrhodamine-5-(and-6)-Isothiocyanate (5(6)-TRITC), mixed isomers (Invitrogen™)

The thiol-reactive tetramethylrhodamine-5-(and-6)-isothiocyanate (5(6)-TRITC) can be used to can be used to create bright orange-red-fluorescent bioconjugates with excitation/emission maxima ~555/580.

DyLight™ 488 NHS Ester (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 488 Amine-Reactive Dye is an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 488 for fluorescent labeling of antibodies and other proteins to be used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods.

DyLight 488 has high fluorescence intensity over a broad pH range (pH 4-9) and is more photostable than Cy2™, Alexa™ Fluor 488, FITC and LI-COR™ dyes in many applications. The high water solubility of DyLight Fluors allows a high dye-to-protein ratio to be achieved without causing precipitation of the conjugates. DyLight 488 Amine-Reactive Dye is also available as part of two antibody labeling kit sizes.

Features of the DyLight 488 NHS Ester:

High performance— DyLight 488 is comparable to Alexa Fluor 488 and brighter than FITC and Cy2
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 488 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 488 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 488 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 488 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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CellTrace™ Calcein Red-Orange, AM - Special Packaging (Invitrogen™)

CellTrace calcein red-orange AM is a cell-permeant dye that can be used to determine cell viability in most eukaryotic cells. Unlike calcein AM (C-1430, C-3099, C-3100), CellTrace calcein red-orange AM is intrinsically fluorescent; thus, an additional wash step may be necessary to minimize background fluorescence from dye that is not taken up by cells. However, CellTrace calcein red-orange (excitation/emission maxima 577/590 nm) is well-retained by live cells that possess intact plasma membranes, and consequently it is a useful cell tracer and indicator of cell viability.

CellVue™ Burgundy Cell Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

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

CellVue™ Burgundy is a far-red/near-infrared fluorescent cell labeling reagent. It is optimally excited at 683 nm and has a peak emission of 707 nm. CellVue™ Burgundy can be excited by the red laser line (633 nm), however, it can be detected equally in filter sets designed for Alexa Fluor™ 700 and APC-eFluor™ 780 or similar fluorochromes. Therefore, it is not recommended to use antibodies conjugated to these fluorochromes when using CellVue™ Burgundy. CellVue™ Burgundy can be used in combination with APC.

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

GlycanAssure™ AutoXpress Kit (Applied Biosystems™)

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

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

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

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™ 405 NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor™ 405 is a blue-fluorescent dye optimal for use with the 405 nm violet laser. 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.

View all Alexa Fluor® 405 dye products.

View the Fluorophore Selection Guide.

The NHS ester (or succinimidyl ester) of Alexa Fluor™ 405 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™ 405 dye
Reactive group: NHS ester
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 400/424 nm
Extinction coefficient: 35,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: Pacific Blue
Molecular weight: 1028.3

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
View a selection guide for all Protein Labeling Kits.

View a selection guide for all Antibody Labeling Kits.

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™ 530-R2 NHS Ester (Thermo Scientific™)

Label peptides, antibodies and other proteins at primary amines with the rhodamine-based, water-soluble Thermo Scientific DyLight Green-emitting Specialty Dye, which is comparable to Alexa Fluor 532.

DyLight Green-emitting Dye is a labeling agent that provides bright fluorescence detection for imaging. Dyes that contain a greater number of negatively charged sulfonates generally will have greater water solubility than dyes with fewer sulfonates. More hydrophobic dyes often provide better cell penetration in vivo, while more hydrophilic dyes have less nonspecific binding potential. This dye contains 2 sulfonates for increased solubility and an amine-reactive NHS ester for simple modification of antibodies, proteins, peptides or other biomolecules through amide bond formation.

Features of DyLight 530-R2 NHS Ester:

NHS ester reactive group—allows immediate labeling of antibodies, proteins, peptides and other amine-containing molecules through amide bond formation
Water solubility—2 sulfonate groups increase the solubility of this dye over over less-sulfonated dyes

Applications:
• Imaging
• Antibody labeling
• Direct immunofluorescence staining
• Flow cytometry
• Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy
• ELISA
• Western blotting
• Protein microarrays
• Polymer labeling
• Peptide labeling
• Phalloidin labeling for actin staining

APEX™ Alexa Fluor™ 555 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.

Qdot™ 605 Biotin Conjugate Kit (Invitrogen™)

The biotin-labeled Qdot® 605 nanocrystals are available for detecting streptavidin probes or for creating noncovalent conjugates with streptavidin-labeled molecules or with other biotinylated molecules using a streptavidin bridge. The product is provided as 250 µL of a 2 µM solution and includes 30 mL of Qdot® incubation buffer.

Monobromobimane (mBBr), FluoroPure™ grade (Invitrogen™)

Because it is manufactured at our ISO 9001—certified facilities in Eugene, Oregon, we can guarantee that FluoroPure grade monobromobimane is greater than or equal to 98% pure by HPLC.

Zenon™ Alexa Fluor™ 568 Rabbit IgG Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

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

Important Features of Zenon® Labeling Technology:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zenon™ Alexa Fluor™ 405 Mouse IgG1 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.

DyLight™ 633 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific DyLight 633 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit contains an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 633 used to fluorescently label antibodies and other proteins that are then used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods. The microscale kit contains all of the necessary components to perform five separate labeling reactions using 100 µg of IgG—the amine-reactive DyLight 633 NHS-ester in convenient single-use vials as well as purification resin and spin columns for the preparation of ready-to-use conjugate.

DyLight 633 fluoresces red and has physical properties comparable to other 633 dyes, including Alexa Fluor™ 633. The high water solubility of DyLight Fluors means that a high dye-to-protein ratio can be attained without causing precipitation of the conjugates. DyLight 633 Amine-Reactive Dye is available as a stand-alone reagent.

Features of DyLight 633 NHS Ester:

High performance—DyLight 633 shows brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor 633
Specific—NHS ester-activated dye labels proteins and other molecules at primary amines (-NH2)
Convenient kit sizes—standard and microscale sizes are offered to match your experimental needs
Optimized procedure—following the standard protocol results in antibodies with excellent dye:protein ratios and recovery rates for optimum activity and fluorescence labeling

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

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

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

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

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

Features of the kit include:

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

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

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

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

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

Alexa Fluor™ 750 NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 750 is a bright and photostable near-IR dye that is spectrally similar to Cy7. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 750 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® 750 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® 750 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® 750 dye
Reactive group: NHS ester
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 753/782 nm
Extinction coefficient: 290,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: Cy7
Molecular weight: ~1300

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The DyLight 755-4xPEG dye contains 4 polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains that are non-cytotoxic, enhance fluorescence and reduce nonspecific binding of conjugates made with them. Conjugates made with DyLight 755-4xPEG Dye can be used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods. The NIR fluorescence properties of DyLight 755-4xPEG Dye make it especially useful in a variety of biological, chemical, and pharmaceutical applications, including in vivo imaging. The PEG chains also improve solubility of the dyes and labeled molecules in aqueous solution, aid in cell permeability and improve tissue retention.

Features of DyLight 755-4xPEG Maleimide:

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

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

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

DyLight™ 550 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific DyLight 550 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit contains an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 550 used to fluorescently label antibodies and other proteins that are then used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods. The microscale kit contains all of the necessary components to perform five separate labeling reactions using 100 µg of IgG.

DyLight 550 provides vibrant orange-to-red fluorescence with better performance than other rhodamine derivatives, including Alexa Fluor™ 555, TRITC, and Cy3™ dye for fluorescent applications. 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 550 Amine-Reactive Dye is also available as a stand-alone reagent.

Features of DyLight 550 NHS Ester:

High performance—DyLight 550 shows brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor 555, TRITC and Cy3 dye
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 550 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 550 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 550 Amine-Reactive Dye to be provided in multiple formats with flexible protocols to achieve efficient degrees of labeling.

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

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

Features of EZ-Link Alkoxyamine-PEG12-Biotin:

Glycoprotein labeling—biotinylate glycosylated proteins at sialic acid residues for detection or purification using streptavidin probes or resins
Cell surface labeling—biotinylate and isolate cell surface glycoproteins; reagent does not permeate membranes of whole cells
Aldehyde-reactive—reacts with aldehydes formed by periodate-oxidation of sugar groups
Alkoxyamine-activated—aminooxy group forms more stable linkages than hydrazide reagents
Pegylated—spacer arm contains a hydrophilic, 12-unit, polyethylene glycol (PEG) group
Enhances solubility—pegylation imparts water solubility to the biotinylated molecule, helping to prevent aggregation of biotinylated antibodies stored in solution
Irreversible—forms stable (permanent) oxime bonds; spacer arm cannot be cleaved
Solubility—usually dissolved in DMSO to make concentrated stock solution
Long reach—spacer arm (total length added to target) is 55.4 angstroms

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

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

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

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

Click-iT™ SDP Ester sDIBO Alkyne (Invitrogen™)

Click-iT SDP Ester sDIBO Alkyne reacts with azides via a copper-free Click chemistry reaction to produce SDP Ester (amine-reactive) 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

Qdot™ 525 ITK™ Amino (PEG) Quantum Dots (Invitrogen™)

Qdot® 525 ITK™ amino (PEG) quantum dots are the ideal starting material for preparing custom conjugates of ultrabright and photostable fluorescently labeled proteins or other biopolymers. These probes are functionalized with amine-derivatized PEG, which prevents non-specific interactions and provides a convenient handle for conjugation. The amino quantum dots react efficiently with isothiocyanates and succinimidyl esters, or with native carboxylic acids using water-soluble carbodiimides such as EDC. Such derivatives may be used for various labeling and tracking applications that require ultrabright and stable fluorescence. Our Qdot® ITK™ amino quantum dots are provided as 8 µM solutions and are available in 8 colors of Qdot® probes.

Important Features of Qdot® ITK™ Amino Quantum Dots:
• Qdot® 525 ITK™ amino quantum dot has emission maxima of ~525 nm
• Extremely photostable and bright fluorescence
• Efficiently excited with single-line excitation sources
• Narrow emission, large stokes shift
• Available in multiple colors
• Ideal for various 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 amine-derivatized form, we offer Qdot® ITK™ quantum dots with carboxyl 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.

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

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link NHS-LC-Biotin is a long-chain, NHS-ester activated biotinylation reagent for labeling primary amines (e.g., protein lysines), whose membrane permeability enables it to be used for general intracellular labeling.

Features of EZ-Link NHS-LC-Biotin:

Protein labeling—biotinylate antibodies or other proteins for detection or purification using streptavidin probes or resins
Membrane-permeable—can be used to label inside cells (intracellular)
Amine-reactive—reacts with primary amines (-NH2), such as the side-chain of lysines (K) or the amino-termini of polypeptides
Irreversible—forms permanent amide 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 22.4 angstroms; it consists of the biotin valeric acid group extended by a 6-atom chain

NHS-LC-Biotin is succinimidyl-6-(biotinamido)hexanoate. It is one of three similar EZ-Link NHS-Biotin Reagents that enable simple and efficient biotinylation of antibodies, proteins and any other primary amine-containing biomolecules in solution. Differing only in their spacer arm lengths, the three NHS-ester reagents offer researchers the possibility of optimizing labeling and detection experiments where steric hindrance of biotin binding is an important factor. Because they are uncharged and contain simple alkyl-chain spacer arms, these biotin compounds are membrane-permeable and useful for intracellular labeling.

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.

BODIPY™ 650/665-X NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

BODIPY® 650/665-X dye is bright, far-red fluorescent dye with similar excitation and emission to Cy5 or Alexa Fluor® 647. 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® 650/665-X 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® 650/665-X 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® 650/665-X 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® 650/665-X 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 seven-atom aminohexanoyl ("X") 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® 650/665-X NHS ester:

Fluorophore label: BODIPY® 650/665-X dye
Reactive group: NHS ester (succinimidyl ester)
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 646/660 nm
Extinction coefficient: 102,000 cm-1M-1
Molecular weight: 643.45

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.