Shop All Amine-Reactive Fluorophores, Biotins, Quantum Dots, & Other Labels

EZ-Link™ PFP-Biotin Thermo Scientific™

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link PFP-biotin is a pentafluorophenyl-ester biotinylation reagent that has similar properties to NHS-biotin but is more reactive and will target both primary and secondary amines for biotinylation.

Features of EZ-Link PFP-Biotin:

Molecular labeling—biotinylate proteins and nucleic acids for avidin-biotin methods
Membrane-permeable—can be used to label inside cells (intracellular)
Amine-reactive—reacts with primary and secondary amines of proteins and other molecules (unlike typical NHS reagents, which react with primary amines only)
Irreversible—forms permanent amide bonds; spacer arm cannot be cleaved
Solubility—must be dissolved in DMSO or DMF before further dilution in aqueous buffers
Very short—spacer arm (total length added to target) is 9.6 angstroms; it consists of the native biotin valeric acid group only

PFP-Biotin is an amine-reactive biotinylation reagent based on activation as as a pentafluorophenyl ester (PFP ester) rather than the usual N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) ester. The compound has properties similar to those of NHS-Biotin (Part No. 20217) but exhibits greater reactivity toward amino groups. Unlike NHS-Biotin, PFP-Biotin will react with both secondary amines and primary amines, enabling it to be used to label nucleic acids as well as proteins. The reaction occurs spontaneously at pH 7 to 9.

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

TRITC (5/6-tetramethyl-rhodamine isothiocyanate), mixed isomer Thermo Scientific™

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

Features of TRITC:

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

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

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

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

TRITC is the base tetramethylrhodamine molecule functionalized with an isothiocyanate reactive group (—N=C=S) at one of two hydrogen atoms on the bottom ring of the structure. This derivative is reactive towards primary amine groups on proteins, peptides and other biomolecules.

Application Data:

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

Oregon Green™ 488 Carboxylic Acid, Succinimidyl Ester, 6-isomer Invitrogen™

The amine-reactive Oregon Green® 488 carboxylic acid, succinimidyl ester can be used to can be used to create green fluorescent bioconjugates with excitation/emission maxima ~496/524 nm. This fluorinated analog of fluorescein overcomes some of the key limitations of fluorescein, including greater photostability and a lower pKa (pKa ~ 4.7 versus 6.4 for fluorescein), making its fluorescence essentially pH insensitive in the physiological pH range.

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

Alexa Fluor® 750 is a bright and photostable near-IR dye that is spectrally similar to Cy7. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 750 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10. Fluorescence of this long-wavelength Alexa Fluor® dye is not visible to the human eye but is readily detected by most imaging systems. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 750 dye conjugated to a variety of antibodies, peptides, proteins, tracers, and amplification substrates optimized for cellular labeling and detection (learn more).

The NHS ester (or succinimidyl ester) of Alexa Fluor® 750 is the most popular tool for conjugating this dye to a protein or antibody. NHS esters can be used to label to the primary amines (R-NH2) of proteins, amine-modified oligonucleotides, and other amine-containing molecules. The resulting Alexa Fluor® conjugate will exhibit brighter fluorescence and greater photostability than the conjugates of other spectrally similar fluorophores.

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® NHS ester:

Fluorophore label: Alexa Fluor® 750 dye
Reactive group: NHS ester
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 753/782 nm
Extinction coefficient: 290,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: Cy7
Molecular weight: ~1300

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

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

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

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

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

Oregon Green™ 488-X, Succinimidyl Ester, 6-isomer Invitrogen™

The amine-reactive Oregon Green® 488-X, succinimidyl ester can be used to can be used to create green fluorescent bioconjugates with excitation/emission maxima ~496/524 nm. This fluorinated analog of fluorescein overcomes some of the key limitations of fluorescein, including greater photostability and a lower pKa (pKa ~ 4.7 versus 6.4 for fluorescein), making its fluorescence essentially pH insensitive in the physiological pH range. This reactive dye contains an additional seven-atom aminohexanoyl spacer ('X') between the fluorophore and the succinimidyl ester group. This spacer helps to separate the fluorophore from its point of attachment, potentially reducing the interaction of the fluorophore with the biomolecule to which it is conjugated.

Biotin-XX, SE (6-((6-((Biotinoyl)Amino)Hexanoyl)Amino)Hexanoic Acid, Succinimidyl Ester) Invitrogen™

The amine-reactive biotin-XX, SE can be used to attach this important hapten to biomolecules of interest for subsequent detection with streptavidin, avidin or NeutrAvidin® biotin-binding protein. This molecule has a 14 atom spacer designated by 'XX' to facilitate reactivity with the molecule and eventual accessibility of the biotin to avidin or streptavidin.

QSY™ 7 Carboxylic Acid, Succinimidyl Ester Invitrogen™

QSY-7 succinimidyl ester is a nonfluorescent acceptor dye for preparation of peptide and oligonucleotide FRET probes via aliphatic amine modification.

2-(2,3-Naphthalimino)ethyl Trifluoromethanesulfonate Invitrogen™

2-(2,3-Naphthalimino)ethyl trifluoromethanesulfonate reacts rapidly with the anions of carboxylic acids in acetonitrile to give adducts that are reported to be detectable by absorption at 259 nm down to 10 femtomoles and by fluorescence at 394 nm down to femtomoles.

Click-iT™ Alexa Fluor™ 647 sDIBO Alkyne for Antibody Labeling Invitrogen™

The Click-iT Alexa Fluor 647 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.

DyLight™ 780-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 780-B1 dye has a structure based on the benzopyrillium core, with 1 sulfonate. It has excitation and emission peaks at 783 and 799 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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Qdot™ 605 ITK™ Amino (PEG) Quantum Dots Invitrogen™

Qdot® 605 ITK™ amino (PEG) quantum dots are the ideal starting material for preparing custom conjugates of ultrabright and photostable fluorescently labeled proteins or other biopolymers. These probes are functionalized with amine-derivatized PEG, which prevents non-specific interactions and provides a convenient handle for conjugation. The amino quantum dots react efficiently with isothiocyanates and succinimidyl esters, or with native carboxylic acids using water-soluble carbodiimides such as EDC. Such derivatives may be used for various labeling and tracking applications that require ultrabright and stable fluorescence. Our Qdot® ITK™ amino quantum dots are provided as 8 µM solutions and are available in 8 colors of Qdot® probes.

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


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

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

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

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

Texas Red™ Sulfonyl Chloride, mixed isomers Invitrogen™

The amine-reactive Texas Red® sulfonyl chloride can be used to can be used to create bright red-fluorescent bioconjugates with excitation/emission maxima ~595/615 nm. A special packaging is also available (T1905).

DyLight™ 594 NHS Ester Thermo Scientific™

Thermo Scientific DyLight 594 Amine-Reactive Dye is an NHS ester-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 594 used to fluorescently label antibodies and other proteins that are then used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods.

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

Features of DyLight 594 NHS Ester:

High performance—DyLight 594 shows brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor 594 and Texas Red
Specific—NHS ester-activated dye labels proteins and other molecules at primary amines (-NH2)
Optimized procedure—following the standard protocol results in antibodies with excellent dye:protein ratios and recovery rates for optimum activity and fluorescence labeling

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

DyLight 594 Amine-Reactive Dye is activated with an N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) ester moiety to react with exposed N-terminal α-amino groups or the ε-amino groups of lysine residues to form stable amide bonds. Learn more about NHS ester chemistry.

Typical labeling reactions require DyLight 594 Amine-Reactive Dye to first be dissolved in anhydrous dimethyl formamide (DMF) or another suitable organic solvent before adding a specific molar amount of dye to an amine-free buffer containing the protein to be labeled. However, the high solubility of DyLight Fluors permits protein solutions to be added directly to specific amounts of the labeling reagent. This feature allows DyLight 594 Amine-Reactive Dye to be provided in multiple formats with flexible protocols to achieve efficient degrees of labeling.

We also offer Standard and Microscale DyLight 594 Antibody Labeling Kits for fast and efficient fluorescent labeling of antibodies for use in fluorescence methods. The standard size kit contains all necessary components to perform three separate labeling reactions using 1 mg of IgG or similar quantities of other proteins. The microscale kit contains all of the necessary components to perform five separate labeling reactions using 100 µg of IgG. Both kit sizes include the Amine-Reactive DyLight 594 NHS-ester in convenient single-use vials as well as purification resin and spin columns for the preparation of ready-to-use conjugate.

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Lissamine™ Rhodamine B Sulfonyl Chloride, mixed isomers Invitrogen™

The amine-reactive Lissamine™ rhodamine B sulfonyl chloride can be used to create red-fluorescent bioconjugates with excitation/emission maxima ~568/583 nm.

Alexa Fluor™ 488 NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) Invitrogen™

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

The NHS ester (or succinimidyl ester) of Alexa Fluor® 488 is the most popular tool for conjugating this dye to a protein or antibody. NHS esters can be used to label to the primary amines (R-NH2) of proteins, amine-modified oligonucleotides, and other amine-containing molecules. The resulting Alexa Fluor® conjugate will exhibit brighter fluorescence and greater photostability than the conjugates of other spectrally similar fluorophores.

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® NHS ester:

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

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

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

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

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

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