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DyLight™ 488, Free Acid (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight Fluor Free Acids are non-activated forms of selected DyLight Fluorescent Dyes for use as controls and calibration factors in fluorescence imaging applications. DyLight 488 has excitation and emission peaks at 493 and 518 nm, respectively (±4 nm, in PBS).

These non-activated fluorescent dyes contain the native carboxyl group of the standard dye molecule.

General DyLight Fluorophore Highlights:

Bright fluorescence—intense emission provides superior sensitivity and requires less conjugate
Narrow emission spectra—negligible bleed-through between fluorophore channels enables multi-color detection
Excellent photostability—exceptional resistance to photobleaching enables fluorescence imaging under the most demanding conditions (e.g., structured illumination, 4Pi microscopy)
Buffer stability—conjugated fluorophores are completely stable at pH 4-9
Instrument compatibility—excitation and emission spectra correspond with filter sets and laser settings of all popular fluorescence instrumentation

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

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link TFPA-PEG3-Biotin is an efficient, photoactivatable reagent based on tetrafluorophenyl azide for biotinylation and includes a 3-unit polyethylene glycol (PEG) spacer arm.

Features of EZ-Link TFPA-PEG3-Biotin:

Biomolecular labeling—biotinylate proteins, DNA, RNA and many other macromolecules, even if they do not possess primary amines or sulfhydryl groups
Photo-reactive—perfluorophenyl azido group activates upon exposure to ultraviolet light to form covalent bonds with nucleophiles and many other chemical groups
Pegylated—spacer arm contains a hydrophilic, 3-unit, polyethylene glycol (PEG) group
Enhances solubility—pegylation imparts water solubility to the biotinylated molecule, helping to prevent aggregation of biotinylated antibodies stored in solution
Irreversible—forms permanent thioether bonds; spacer arm cannot be cleaved
Solubility—best to dissolve in DMSO or DMF before further dilution in aqueous buffers
Long reach —spacer arm (total length added to target) is 33.4 angstroms, minimizing steric hindrance for binding interactions with streptavidin

TFPA-PEG3-Biotin is a photoactivatable reagent for biotinylation of antibodies, proteins and many other kinds of macromolecules. The tetrafluorophenyl azide (TFPA) group activates upon exposure to UV-Light (maximum absorptivity is at 320 nm) to insert covalently at sites containing C-H or N-H bonds. The hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) spacer arm imparts water solubility that is transferred to the biotinylated molecule, thus reducing aggregation of labeled molecules stored in solution. The PEG spacer arm also gives this reagent a long and flexible connection to minimize steric hindrance involved with binding to avidin molecules.

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

Biotinylation reagents differ in reactivity, length, solubility, cell permeability and cleavability. Several different types of photoreactive compounds are available. Aryl azide reagents activate upon exposure to ultraviolet light initiate addition reactions with double bonds, insertion into C–H and N–H sites, or subsequent ring expansion to react with a nucleophile (e.g., primary amines).

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.

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

Alexa Fluor™ 647 Azide, Triethylammonium Salt (Invitrogen™)

The far red-fluorescent Alexa Fluor® 647 azide is reactive with terminal alkynes via a copper-catalyzed click reaction. The bright and photostable fluorophore can be for used with flow cytometry, microscopy and HCS

5-TAMRA, SE (5-Carboxytetramethylrhodamine, Succinimidyl Ester), single isomer (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive 5-TAMRA, SE and its conjugates yield bright, pH-insensitive orange-red fluorescence (approximate excitation/emission maxima ~546/579) with good photostability.

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

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

Alexa Fluor® 568 is a bright, red fluorescent dye. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 568 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 568 dye conjugated to a variety of antibodies, peptides, proteins, tracers, and amplification substrates optimized for cellular labeling and detection (learn more).

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® hydrazide:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7-Diethylaminocoumarin-3-Carboxylic Acid, Succinimidyl Ester (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive coumarin, 7-diethylaminocoumarin-3-carboxylic acid, succinimidyl ester can be used to create blue-fluorescent bioconjugates. When compared with AMCA conjugates, conjugates of the UV-light-excitable 7-dialkylaminocoumarin fluorophore have slightly longer-wavelength emission spectra (~470 nm).

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

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

Features of EZ-Link Hydrazide-Biotin:

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

Tetramethylrhodamine-5-Isothiocyanate (5-TRITC; G isomer) (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive tetramethylrhodamine-5-isothiocyanate (5-TRITC; G isomer) can be used to can be used to create bright red-orange fluorescent bioconjugates with excitation/emission maxima ~555/580 nm.

Zenon™ Alexa Fluor™ 555 Mouse IgG1 Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

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

Important Features of Zenon® Labeling Technology:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Zenon® Technology: Versatile Reagents for Immunolabeling—Section 7.3

APEX™ Alexa Fluor™ 594 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.

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

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

Features of EZ-Link BMCC-Biotin:

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

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

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

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

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

Biotin-X, SE (6-((Biotinoyl)Amino)Hexanoic Acid, Succinimidyl Ester (Biotinamidocaproate, N-Hydroxysuccinimidyl Ester)) (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive biotin-X, SE can be used to attach this important hapten to biomolecules of interest for subsequent detection with streptavidin, avidin or NeutrAvidin® biotin-binding protein.

Click-IT™ GalNAz Metabolic Glycoprotein Labeling Reagent (Tetraacetylated N-Azidoacetylgalactosamine) (Invitrogen™)

The Click-iT® GalNAz metabolic glycoprotein labeling reagent provides the first part of a simple and robust two-step technique to identify and characterize cell surface O-linked glycoproteins. In step one, cultured cells are incubated with the azide-modified galactosamine (GalNAz). The azido-sugar is metabolically incorporated into cell surface O-linked glycoproteins through the permissive nature of the oligosaccharide biosynthesis pathway. In step two, via the chemoselective ligation or click reaction between an azide and an alkyne, the azido-labeled glycoproteins can then be detected with a Click-iT® Glycoprotein Detection Kit for gels (TAMRA or Dapoxyl® alkyne) or Western blots (biotin alkyne). These Click-iT® products are compatible with LC-MS⁄MS and Multiplexed Proteomics™ technologies for in-depth analyses of the glycoproteome.

DyLight™ 550-2xPEG Maleimide (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 550-2xPEG Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is a maleimide-activated derivative of our high-performance DyLight 550 Dye used to fluorescently label cysteine-containing peptides, proteins or other biomolecular probes.

The DyLight 550-2xPEG Dye contains 2 polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains that are non-toxic, enhance fluorescence, and reduce nonspecific binding of conjugates made with them. Conjugates made with DyLight 550-2xPEG Dye can be used as molecular probes for cellular imaging, flow cytometry, and other fluorescence detection methods. 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 550-2xPEG Maleimide:

High fluorescence intensity—significantly brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor™ 555
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 550-2xPEG 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.

Fluorescein-5-Thiosemicarbazide (Invitrogen™)

The amine-containing fluorescein-5-thiosemicarbazide 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).

Alexa Fluor™ 488 5-SDP Ester (Alexa Fluor™ 488 Sulfodichlorophenol Ester) (Invitrogen™)

The SDP (sulfodicholorphenol) ester is currently the most hydrolytically stable amine-reactive moiety available from Invitrogen. Conjugates produced with the Alexa Fluor® 488 5-SDP ester produce the same strong amide bond between the dye and the compound of interest as succinimidyl (SE or NHS) and tetrafluorophenyl (TFP) esters, but with the improved stability in water and buffers, the SDP ester can potentially offer increased control and consistency in these reactions compared to the NHS and TFP esters.

Alexa Fluor™ 555 alkyne, Triethylammonium Salt (Invitrogen™)

The orange-fluorescent Alexa Fluor® 555 alkyne is designed to react with azide-containing molecules via the fast, selective and extremely efficient copper-catalyzed “click" reaction.

Click-iT™ Alexa Fluor™ 555 sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling (Invitrogen™)

The Click-iT Alexa Fluor 555 sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling is optimized for easy attachment to azido modified antibodies using copper-free Click chemistry. This sDIBO label can be used with antibodies that have been modified using the SiteClick Antibody Azido Modification Kit or antibodies that have been engineered to contain azido moieties. These sDIBO alkynes are improved versions of our original DIBO cyclooctynes, yielding conjugates that are less "sticky" and give lower signal background in biological samples.

This modular labeling system gives you the option to choose different fluorescent labels for your antibody and attach another molecule via streptavadin or your own molecule via amine-reactive or amine-containing moieties depending on your assay.

There are multiple Click-iT sDIBO labels to choose from:
Click-iT Alexa Fluor 488 sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling
Click-iT Alexa Fluor 555 sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling
Click-iT Alexa Fluor 647 sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling
Click-iT Biotin sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling
Click-iT Amine sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling
Click-iT SDP Ester sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling

Learn more about SiteClick labeling technology ›

Custom SiteClick Antibody Labeling Service and sDIBO labels
If you have an antibody that is considered "difficult to label" or has lost activity after labeling using a conventional method, please contact our custom service representatives to determine whether the SiteClick Antibody Labeling Service would be right for your antibody. We offer complete custom SiteClick antibody labeling services with the option of multiple detection molecules including biotin, Alexa Fluor dyes, Qdot fluorophores, R-PE, chelates for PET imaging, and many others.

Zenon™ Alexa Fluor™ 750 Rabbit IgG Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

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

Important Features of Zenon® Labeling Technology:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Links:

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

CellTracker™ Green BODIPY™ Dye (Invitrogen™)

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

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

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

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.

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.

5(6)-SFX (6-(Fluorescein-5-(and-6)-Carboxamido) Hexanoic Acid, Succinimidyl Ester), mixed isomers (Invitrogen™)

Fluorescein is a common green-fluorescent derivatization reagent, while succinimidyl esters are frequently used for the labeling of the primary amines (R-NH2) of proteins, amine-modified oligonucleotides, and other amine-containing molecules. This "SFX" succinimidyl ester contains a seven-atom amino-hexanoyl spacer between the fluorophore and the reactive group. This spacer separates the fluorophore from the biomolecule to which it is conjugated, potentially reducing the quenching that typically occurs upon conjugation. The resulting fluorescein conjugates can be detected with standard FITC or GFP filter sets. Fluorescein-based dyes and their conjugates have a relatively high rate of photobleaching and a pH-sensitive fluorescence. Alexa Fluor® 488 and Oregon Green® 488 are alternative dyes whose spectra mimic those of fluorescein and are much more photostable with little to no pH sensitivity in the physicological pH range.

Specifications:

• Fluorophore label : fluorescein

• Reactive group: succinimidyl ester

• Reactivity: primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides

• Molecular weight: 586

• Extinction coefficient: 74,000 cm-1M-1

• Ex/Em of the conjugate: 494/520 nm

• Spectrally similar dyes: Alexa Fluor® 488, GFP

Typical Conjugation Reaction

Amine-reactive reagents can be conjugated with virtually any protein or peptide; the provided protocol is optimized for IgG antibodies. You may 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 fluorescein succinimidyl ester is typically dissolved in high-quality, anhydrous dimethylformamide (DMF) or dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) and the reaction 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 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.

Alternative Packagings

Mixed-isomer amine-reactive succinimidyl esters of fluorescein are also available in a 10 x 1 mg unit size (F6129), a single isomer (F6106), and with a spacer that is more hydrophilic than the SFX spacer (F6130), as well as in numerous kits for labeling proteins and nucleic acids (Active esters and kits for labeling proteins and nucleic acids—Table 1.2).

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

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

Important Features of Zenon® Labeling Technology:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Zenon® Technology: Versatile Reagents for Immunolabeling—Section 7.3

Pierce™ Biotin Quantitation Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific Pierce Biotin Quantitation Kit includes aliquots of HABA reagent and biotinylated protein standard for convenient colorimetric determination of biotinylation levels in labeled antibodies and other proteins.

Features of the Biotin Quantitation Kit:

Colorimetric – requires a plate reader or spectrophotometer set to measure at 500nm
Reliable – proven, well-characterized method for determination of biotinylation levels
Convenient – kit provides the essential reagents and standards to perform the assay with ease
Flexible – adaptable to spectrophotometer cuvettes or standard plate readers with 96-well microplates
Options – calculate results directly from absorbance values based on extinction coefficients using the procedure outlined in the instructions
Robust – supplied HABA-avidin complex can be used over a wide range of pH and salt concentrations

HABA dye (4'-hydroxyazobenzene-2-carboxylic acid) is a reagent that enables quick estimation of the mole-to-mole ratio of biotin to protein in a solution. The Pierce Biotin Quantitation Kit contains a premix of HABA and avidin and a biotinylated horseradish peroxidase (HRP) positive control. The HABA-Avidin Premix is supplied in convenient Thermo Scientific No-Weigh Microtube packaging, which eliminates the difficulties associated with weighing small quantities of reagent.

To quantitate biotinylation, a solution containing the biotinylated protein is added to a mixture of HABA and avidin. Because of its higher affinity for avidin, biotin displaces the HABA and the absorbance at 500nm decreases proportionately. By this method, an unknown amount of biotin present in a solution can be quantitated in a single cuvette by measuring the absorbance of the HABA-avidin solution before and after addition of the biotin-containing sample. The change in absorbance relates to the amount of biotin in the sample by the extinction coefficient of the HABA-avidin complex. View online HABA Calculator.

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

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

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.

DyLight™ 405 Maleimide (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 405 Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is a maleimide-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 405 used to fluorescently label sulfhydryl-containing peptides, proteins and other biomolecular probes.

DyLight 405 has high fluorescence intensity over a broad pH range (pH 4-9) and is more photostable than Alexa Fluor™ 405, Cascade™ Blue and AMCA dyes 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.

Features of DyLight 405 Maleimide:

High performance—DyLight 405 shows brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor 405, Cascade Blue and AMCA
Specific—maleimide-activated dye labels proteins and other molecules at reduced sulfhydryls (-SH)
Efficient labeling methods—well-characterized chemistry and optimized protocols provide for reliable, high-quality labeling
Optimized antibody labeling procedure—complete protocol for IgG reduction and labeling and calculating the labeling efficiency

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

DyLight 405 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.

FluoReporter™ Biotin Quantitation Assay Kit, for biotinylated proteins (Invitrogen™)

The FluoReporter® Biotin Quantitation Assay Kit provides a sensitive fluorometric assay for determining the number of biotin labels on nucleic acid samples (i.e., cDNA). The assay uses Biotective™ Green reagent, which contains a fluorescent dye that is quenched by ligands occupying the biotin binding sites. In the presence of biotin, the quencher dye ligands are displaced and fluorescence occurs. The fluorescence is proportional to the amount of added biotin. The results can be read with any fluorescence-based microplate reader capable of detecting FITC dye.

Important Features of FluoReporter® Biotin Quantitation Assay Kits:
• Can detect from 4 to 80 picomoles of biotin in a sample (50-fold higher sensitivity than HABA biotin-binding assay)
• Can be applied to as little as 13 ng of biotin-labeled nucleic acid (more is needed for lower degrees of labeling)
• Excitation/emission maxima of the reagent is 495/519 nm
• Supplied with a biotinylated positive control for standard curve


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

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

The Click-iT Amine sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling is optimized for easy attachment to azido modified antibodies using copper-free Click chemistry. This sDIBO label can be used with antibodies that have been modified using the SiteClick Antibody Azido Modification Kit or antibodies that have been engineered to contain azido moieties. These sDIBO alkynes are improved versions of our original DIBO cyclooctynes, yielding conjugates that are less "sticky" and give lower signal background in biological samples.

This modular labeling system gives you the option to choose different fluorescent labels for your antibody and attach another molecule via streptavadin or your own molecule via amine-reactive or amine-containing moieties depending on your assay.

There are multiple Click-iT sDIBO labels to choose from:
Click-iT Alexa Fluor 488 sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling
Click-iT Alexa Fluor 555 sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling
Click-iT Alexa Fluor 647 sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling
Click-iT Biotin sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling
Click-iT Amine sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling
Click-iT SDP Ester sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling

Learn more about SiteClick labeling technology ›

Custom SiteClick Antibody Labeling Service and sDIBO labels
If you have an antibody that is considered "difficult to label" or has lost activity after labeling using a conventional method, please contact our custom service representatives to determine whether the SiteClick Antibody Labeling Service would be right for your antibody. We offer complete custom SiteClick antibody labeling services with the option of multiple detection molecules including biotin, Alexa Fluor dyes, Qdot fluorophores, R-PE, chelates for PET imaging, and many others.

Click-iT™ Plus OPP Alexa Fluor™ 647 Protein Synthesis Assay Kit (Invitrogen™)

The Click-iT® Plus OPP Alexa Fluor® 647 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® 647 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® 647 picolyl azide and the Click reaction reagents leads to a chemoselective ligation, or "click" reaction, between the picolyl azide dye and the OPP alkyne, allowing the modified proteins to be detected by imaged-based analysis.

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

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

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

DyLight™ 515-LS NHS Ester (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight Long Stokes Shift Specialty Dyes have fluorescence emission from green to far red with a single excitation peak that matches the 488 laser line and very large Stokes shifts that inhibit quenching. DyLight 515-LS dye has excitation and emission peaks at 519 and 648 nm, respectively.

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

General features of the DyLight Long Stokes Shift Specialty Dyes:

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

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

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

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

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EZ-Link™ Amine-PEG2-Biotin (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link Amine-PEG2-Biotin is a water-soluble biotin compounds containing a polyethylene glycol (PEG) spacer arm and a terminal primary amine for conjugation via EDC and other crosslinker methods.

Features of EZ-Link Amine-PEG2-Biotin:

Biotinylation—label molecules and surfaces for assays or affinity purification methods involving avidin or streptavidin probes and resins
Amine-activated—primary amine can be crosslinked to proteins and material surfaces using EDC and other crosslinkers
Pegylated—polyethylene glycol (PEG) groups in spacer arm enhances water solubility of biotinylated molecules
Medium length—spacer arm (total length added to target) is 20.4 angstroms

Amine-PEG2-Biotin and Amine-PEG3-Biotin are the shorter two of three amine-modified biotin compounds that contain polyethylene glycol (PEG) spacer arms. The short PEG segments are hydrophilic and confer greater solubility to labeled proteins compared to reagents having only hydrocarbon spacers. The primary amines of these pegylated biotin reagents can be conjugated to carboxyl groups on carboxy termini, aspartate residues or glutamate residues using EDC (Part No. 22980), a water-soluble carbodiimide crosslinker. EDC activates carboxyl groups to bind to the—NH2 group of the amino-biotin, forming an amide bond.

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

Amino-biotin compounds can be conjugated to functional groups of proteins and other molecules in a variety of ways. The most common method is to crosslink the terminal primary amine to carboxyl groups using . Carboxyl groups (-COOH) occur in aspartate or glutamate residues and the carboxy-terminus of polypeptides. When activated with EDC (Part No. 22980), carboxylates react with amino (—NH2) groups to form amide bonds. Carboxylate molecules and surface materials can be pre-activated using EDC with Sulfo-NHS (Part No. 24510) for subsequent reaction to primary amines (see NHS-ester Chemistry).

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Tris-(2-Carboxyethyl)phosphine, Hydrochloride (TCEP) (Invitrogen™)

Disufide crosslinks of cystines in proteins can be reduced to cysteine residues by TCEP (tris-(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine). Unlike DTT (dithiothreitol), TCEP does not contain thiols and therefore usually does not need to be removed prior to thiol modification.

Alexa Fluor™ 488 Cadaverine (Invitrogen™)

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

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® cadaverine:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link Hydrazide-LC-Biotin is a mid-length, simple, hydrazide-activated biotinylation reagent for labeling glycoproteins and other carbohydrate-containing compounds having oxidizable sugars or aldehydes.

Features of EZ-Link Biotin-LC-Hydrazide:

Glycoprotein labeling—biotinylate glycosylated proteins at sialic acid residues for detection or purification using streptavidin probes or resins
Cell surface labeling—biotinylate and isolate cell surface glycoproteins
Aldehyde-reactive—reacts with aldehydes formed by periodate-oxidation of sugar groups
Hydrazide-activated—perform reactions at pH 4 to 6 in buffers such as sodium acetate
Irreversible—forms semi-permanent hydrazone bonds; spacer arm cannot be cleaved
Solubility—usually dissolved in DMSO before further dilution in aqueous buffers
Spacer arm length—24.7Å

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

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

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

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

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DyLight™ 730-B1 NHS Ester (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight near-infrared specialty dyes, comparable to Alexa Fluor and IRDye NIR dyes, can be used to label antibodies, peptides, and other proteins at primary amines. DyLight 730-B1 dye has a structure based on the benzopyrillium core, with 1 sulfonate. It has excitation and emission peaks at 734 and 755 nm, respectively (in ethanol).

General characteristics of DyLight near-infrared emitting specialty dyes:

Large selection—the largest family of dyes available for NIR fluorescence applications
NHS ester reactive group—allows immediate labeling of antibodies, proteins, peptides and other amine-containing molecules through amide bond formation
Broad spectrum of water solubilities—choose from hydrophilic to hydrophobic dyes to optimize the right dye label for the best performance in a given application
NIR dyes avoid background interference—DyLight NIR Dyes avoid fluorescence interference or quenching effects from biomolecules present in samples
Excellent signal penetration through cells and tissues—DyLight NIR Dyes provide the optimal window for excitation and emission for in vivo imaging applications

DyLight NIR Dyes are a family of labeling agents that can be used for bright fluorescence detection in cell-based imaging or in vivo imaging applications. NIR dyes can be selected based upon their characteristic excitation and emission properties or relative hydrophilicity and hydrophobicity attributes. Dyes that contain a greater number of negatively charged sulfonates generally will have greater water solubility than dyes with fewer sulfonates. More hydrophobic dyes often provide better cell penetrating ability in vivo, while more hydrophilic dyes have less nonspecific binding potential. Each dye contains an amine-reactive NHS ester for simple modification of antibodies, proteins, peptides or other biomolecules through amide bond formation. NIR dyes are best for imaging through tissues and away from indigenous fluorescent biomolecule interference or quenching. DyLight Near Infrared Dyes represent the largest selection of fluorescent labels that are commercially available.

Criteria to consider when choosing a DyLight NIR Specialty Dye
• Excitation and emission wavelengths—choose the best dye to match the excitation and emission capabilities of your instrument
• Water solubility—choose a DyLight NIR Dye based on its relative hydrophilicity, which directly correlates to the number of negatively-charged sulfonates it has on its core structure. More hydrophilic dyes are best at maintaining water solubility of a labeled antibody and limiting the nonspecific binding of the conjugate. More hydrophobic dyes often are best at penetrating tissues and cell membranes in vivo, meaning that dyes with fewer sulfonates may work best for some applications.
• DyLight Dye selection—the broad selection of NIR dyes allows a number of candidate dyes to be tested in a given application for optimal performance.

Applications:
In vivo or ex vivo imaging
• Tumor imaging with labeled peptides
• NIR fluorescence (NIRF) imaging of labeled silica nanoparticles
• NIR in vitro imaging and characterization
• Determination of thermal stability
• Cytotoxicity assays
• Molecular imaging
• UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy
• Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy
• MRI applications
• DNA sequencing
• Primer labeling for PCR
• 2-D gel electrophoresis
• Flow cytometry/fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS)
• Laser scanning confocal microscopy

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Zenon™ Biotin-XX Rabbit IgG Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

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

Important Features of Zenon® Labeling Technology:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Links:

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

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.

Zenon™ Pacific Blue™ Mouse IgG1 Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

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

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

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.

Related Links:
Zenon™ Labeling Technology
Zenon™ Technology: Versatile Reagents for Immunolabeling—Section 7.3

Alexa Fluor™ 790 NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 790 is a bright and photostable near-IR dye that is spectrally similar to indocyanine green (ICG) and the IRDye® 800 dye. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 790 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. As the longest-wavelength Alexa Fluor® dye, the emission is well separated from commonly used far-red fluorophores such as Alexa Fluor® 647 dye or allophycocyanin (APC), facilitating multicolor analysis. This fluorophore is also expected to be useful for small animal in-vivo imaging (SAIVI) applications or for two-color western applications with the LI-COR® Odyssey® infrared imaging system. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 790 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® 790 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® 790 dye
Reactive group: NHS ester
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 784/814 nm
Extinction coefficient: 260,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: indocyanine green (ICG) and the IRDye® 800 dye
Molecular weight: ~1750

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.

Zenon™ Alexa Fluor™ 488 Mouse IgG2a Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

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

Important Features of Zenon® Labeling Technology:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Links:

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

PowerLoad™ Concentrate, 100X (Invitrogen™)

PowerLoad™ is an optimized formulation of nonionic, Pluronic® surfactant polyols for the solubilization of water-insoluble dyes and other materials in physiological media. These surfactants, for instance Pluronic® F-127, have been used to help disperse acetoxymethyl (AM) esters of fluorescent ion indicators such as fluo-4, fura-2, indo-1, fluo-3, and SBFI; they appear to be required for loading of other dyes (e.g. SBFI-AM or PBFI-AM). The use of PowerLoad™ is optional with red shifted calcium indicators and other large molecular weight AM ester dyes, and may also be useful for dispersing other lipophilic probes. The concentration of Pluronic® surfactants in PowerLoad™ is less than 0.2%. PowerLoad™ is effective in combination with water soluble Probenecid (P36400) to aid AM ester dye-loading and retention in cells that actively extrude the de-acetylated form through anion pumps. Together, these reagents allow for maximal loading of dyes with a minimum of effort in both imaging and high throughput screening (HTS) applications. Appropriate controls should be performed to make certain that PowerLoad™ is not altering the membrane properties of the cell.

CellVue™ NIR780 Cell Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

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

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

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

DyLight™ 550 Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific DyLight 550 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 standard size kit contains all necessary components to perform three separate labeling reactions using 1 mg of IgG or similar quantities of other proteins.

DyLight 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.

Related Products
DyLight™ 550 NHS Ester
DyLight™ 550 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit

Zenon™ Alexa Fluor™ 594 Mouse IgG1 Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

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

Important Features of Zenon® Labeling Technology:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Links:

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

Zenon™ Horseradish Peroxidase 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

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

Qdot® 525 ITK™ carboxyl quantum dots are the ideal starting material for preparing custom conjugates that require high loading of biomolecules. These materials are carboxylate functionalized and can be coupled to amine groups of proteins and modified oligonucleotides using EDC-mediated condensation. The coatings of these probes provides more binding sites than our Qdot® ITK™ amino quantum dots, but lacks PEG linkers that help to prevent non-specific interactions. These materials can be conjugated to X-PEG-amine bi-functional linkers for custom reactivity and higher specificity. Our Qdot® ITK™ carboxyl quantum dots are provided as 8 µM solutions and are available in all 9 Qdot® probe colors.

Important Features of Qdot® ITK™ Carboxyl Quantum Dots:
• Qdot® 525 ITK™ carboxyl quantum dot has emission maxima of ~525 nm
• Extremely photostable and bright fluorescence
• Efficiently excited with single-line excitation sources
• Narrow emission, large Stokes shift
• Available in multiple colors
• Ideal labeling and tracking applications


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

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

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

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

2-Aminoacridone, Hydrochloride (Invitrogen™)

2-Aminoacridone is a small, amine-containing fluorophore that is used to label reducing sugars, oligosaccharides, and glycosphingolipids. Subpicomolar detection of the derivatized products has been reported by fluorophore-assisted carbohydrate electrophoresis (FACE). Other key applications for this dye include capillary electrophoresis (CE) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)

Iodoacetamide Azide (Invitrogen™)

Conjugates prepared with the thiol-reactive azide, succinimidyl ester can be detected with an alkyne-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.

APEX™ Pacific Blue™ Antibody Labeling Kit (Invitrogen™)

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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DyLight™ 755 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit (Thermo Scientific™)

The Thermo Scientific DyLight 755 Microscale Antibody Labeling Kit contains an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 755 used to fluorescently label antibodies and other proteins that are then used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods. The microscale kit contains all of the necessary components to perform five separate labeling reactions using 100 µg of IgG—the amine-reactive DyLight 755 NHS-ester in convenient single-use vials as well as purification resin and spin columns for the preparation of ready-to-use conjugate.

DyLight 755 is a near-IR fluor that is invisible to the naked eye but increases the staining options when using infrared imaging systems. DyLight 755 has spectral properties that are very similar to other near-IR dyes, including Alexa Fluor™ 750. The high water solubility of DyLight Fluors means that a high dye-to-protein ratio can be attained without causing precipitation of the conjugates. DyLight 755 Amine-Reactive Dye is also available as a stand-alone reagent.

Features of DyLight 755 NHS Ester:

High performance—DyLight 755 replaces Alexa Fluor 755 for near-infrared staining
Specific—NHS ester-activated dye labels proteins and other molecules at primary amines (-NH2)
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 755 Amine-Reactive Dye is activated with an N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) ester moiety to react with exposed N-terminal α-amino groups or the ε-amino groups of lysine residues to form stable amide bonds. Learn more about NHS ester chemistry.

Typical labeling reactions require the dye to first be dissolved in anhydrous dimethyl formamide (DMF) or another suitable organic solvent before adding a specific molar amount of dye to an amine-free buffer containing the protein to be labeled. However, the high solubility of DyLight Fluors permits protein solutions to be added directly to specific amounts of the labeling reagent. This feature allows DyLight 755 Amine-Reactive Dye to be provided in multiple formats with flexible protocols to achieve efficient degrees of labeling.

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DyLight™ 780-B3 NHS Ester (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight near-infrared specialty dyes, comparable to Alexa Fluor and IRDye NIR dyes, can be used to label antibodies, peptides, and other proteins at primary amines. DyLight 780-B3 dye has a structure based on the benzopyrillium core, with 3 sulfonates. It has excitation and emission peaks at 785 and 794 nm, respectively (in ethanol).

General characteristics of DyLight near-infrared emitting specialty dyes:

Large selection—the largest family of dyes available for NIR fluorescence applications
NHS ester reactive group—allows immediate labeling of antibodies, proteins, peptides and other amine-containing molecules through amide bond formation
Broad spectrum of water solubilities—choose from hydrophilic to hydrophobic dyes to optimize the right dye label for the best performance in a given application
NIR dyes avoid background interference—DyLight NIR Dyes avoid fluorescence interference or quenching effects from biomolecules present in samples
Excellent signal penetration through cells and tissues—DyLight NIR Dyes provide the optimal window for excitation and emission for in vivo imaging applications

DyLight NIR Dyes are a family of labeling agents that can be used for bright fluorescence detection in cell-based imaging or in vivo imaging applications. NIR dyes can be selected based upon their characteristic excitation and emission properties or relative hydrophilicity and hydrophobicity attributes. Dyes that contain a greater number of negatively charged sulfonates generally will have greater water solubility than dyes with fewer sulfonates. More hydrophobic dyes often provide better cell penetrating ability in vivo, while more hydrophilic dyes have less nonspecific binding potential. Each dye contains an amine-reactive NHS ester for simple modification of antibodies, proteins, peptides or other biomolecules through amide bond formation. NIR dyes are best for imaging through tissues and away from indigenous fluorescent biomolecule interference or quenching. DyLight Near Infrared Dyes represent the largest selection of fluorescent labels that are commercially available.

Criteria to consider when choosing a DyLight NIR Specialty Dye
• Excitation and emission wavelengths—choose the best dye to match the excitation and emission capabilities of your instrument
• Water solubility—choose a DyLight NIR Dye based on its relative hydrophilicity, which directly correlates to the number of negatively-charged sulfonates it has on its core structure. More hydrophilic dyes are best at maintaining water solubility of a labeled antibody and limiting the nonspecific binding of the conjugate. More hydrophobic dyes often are best at penetrating tissues and cell membranes in vivo, meaning that dyes with fewer sulfonates may work best for some applications.
• DyLight Dye selection—the broad selection of NIR dyes allows a number of candidate dyes to be tested in a given application for optimal performance.

Applications:
In vivo or ex vivo imaging
• Tumor imaging with labeled peptides
• NIR fluorescence (NIRF) imaging of labeled silica nanoparticles
• NIR in vitro imaging and characterization
• Determination of thermal stability
• Cytotoxicity assays
• Molecular imaging
• UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy
• Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy
• MRI applications
• DNA sequencing
• Primer labeling for PCR
• 2-D gel electrophoresis
• Flow cytometry/fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS)
• Laser scanning confocal microscopy

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Alexa Fluor™ 633 Hydrazide (Invitrogen™)

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

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® hydrazide:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EZ-Link™ Maleimide-PEG2-Biotin (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link Maleimide-PEG2-Biotin is a mid-length, maleimide-activated, sulfhydryl-reactive biotinylation reagent that contains a 2-unit ethylene glycol in its spacer arm for increased water-solubility characteristics.

Features of EZ-Link Maleimide-PEG2-Biotin:

Protein labeling—biotinylate antibodies or other proteins for use in protein methods
Thiol-reactive—reacts with sulfhydryls (-SH), such as the side-chain of cysteine (C)
Maleimide-activated—perform reactions at pH 6.5 to 7.5 in buffers such as PBS
Pegylated—spacer arm contains a hydrophilic, 2-unit, polyethylene glycol (PEG) group
Enhances solubility—pegylation imparts water solubility to the biotinylated molecule, helping to prevent aggregation of biotinylated antibodies stored in solution
Irreversible—forms permanent thioether bonds; spacer arm cannot be cleaved
Solubility—can be dissolved directly in aqueous buffers for labeling reactions
Medium length—spacer arm (total length added to target) is 29.1 angstroms

Maleimide-PEG2-Biotin enables simple and efficient biotinylation of antibodies, cysteine-containing peptides and other thiol-containing molecules. The maleimide group reacts specifically and efficiently with reduced thiols (sulfhydryl groups,—SH) at pH 6.5 to 7.5 to form stable thioether bonds. The hydrophilic, 2-unit 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 segment adds length and flexibility to the spacer arm, minimizing steric hindrance involved with binding to avidin molecules.

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

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

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

HABA (4'-hydroxyazobenzene-2-carboxylic acid) (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific Pierce HABA is 4'-hydroxyazobenzene-2-carboxylic acid, a simple reagent that enables spectrophotometric (colorimetric) estimation of biotinylation levels of labeled proteins and other molecules.

Features of HABA:

• HABA-avidin complex can be used over a wide range of pH and salt concentrations
• Amount of Avidin can be calculated directly from the increased absorbance at 500nm complexing with the HABA Dye
• Calculate results directly from absorbance values based on extinction coefficients using the procedure outlined in the instructions
• Complete kits also available! See Pierce Biotin Quantitation Kit (Part No. 28005) and Fluorescence Biotin Quantitation Kit (Part No. 46610)

Determine the molar ratio of biotin incorporated into a protein using the HABA-Avidin method. HABA dye (4'-hydroxyazobenzene-2-carboxylic acid ) binds to avidin to produce a yellow-orange colored complex which absorbs at 500nm. Free biotin will displace the HABA dye and cause the absorbance to decrease. A standard curve can be established using the free biotin to estimate the number of moles of biotin incorporated after biotinylating a protein. View online HABA Calculator.