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Pacific Blue™ Succinimidyl Ester (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive Pacific Blue™ succinimidyl ester can be used to can be used to create blue-fluorescent bioconjugates with excitation/emission maxima ~410/455 nm that are excitable by the 405 nm spectral line of the blue diode (violet) laser.

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View the Fluorophore Selection Guide.

DyLight™ 775-B2 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 775-B2 dye has a structure based on the benzopyrillium core, with 2 sulfonates. It has excitation and emission peaks at 772 and 787 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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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-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.

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

Alexa Fluor™ 405 is a blue-fluorescent dye optimal for use with the 405 nm violet laser. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor™ 405 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10.

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View the Fluorophore Selection Guide.

The NHS ester (or succinimidyl ester) of Alexa Fluor™ 405 is the most popular tool for conjugating this dye to a protein or antibody. NHS esters can be used to label to the primary amines (R-NH2) of proteins, amine-modified oligonucleotides, and other amine-containing molecules. The resulting Alexa Fluor™ conjugate will exhibit brighter fluorescence and greater photostability than the conjugates of other spectrally similar fluorophores.

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor™ NHS ester:

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

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

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

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

Learn more about protein and antibody labeling
View a selection guide for all Protein Labeling Kits.

View a selection guide for all Antibody Labeling Kits.

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

DyLight™ 775-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 775-B3 dye has a structure based on the benzopyrillium core, with 3 sulfonates. It has excitation and emission peaks at 770 and 788 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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Tetramethylrhodamine-5-(and-6)-Isothiocyanate (5(6)-TRITC), mixed isomers (Invitrogen™)

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

BODIPY™ TMR-X NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

BODIPY® TMR-X dye is bright, orange fluorescent dye with similar excitation and emission to tetramethyrhodamine (TRITC) or Alexa Fluor® 555 dye. It has a high extinction coefficient and fluorescence quantum yield and is relatively insensitive to solvent polarity and pH change. In contrast to the highly water soluble fluorophores Alexa Fluor® 488 dye and fluorescein (FITC), BODIPY® dyes have unique hydrophobic properties ideal for staining lipids, membranes, and other lipophilic compounds. BODIPY® TMR-X dye has a relatively long excited-state lifetime (typically 5 nanoseconds or longer), which is useful for fluorescence polarization-based assays and a large two-photon cross-section for multiphoton excitation. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer BODIPY® TMR-X dye conjugated to a variety of antibodies, peptides, proteins, tracers, and amplification substrates optimized for cellular labeling and detection.

The NHS ester (or succinimidyl ester) of BODIPY® TMR-X is the most popular tool for conjugating the dye to a protein or antibody. NHS esters can be used to label the primary amines (R-NH2) of proteins, amine-modified oligonucleotides, and other amine-containing molecules. The resulting BODIPY® TMR-X conjugates exhibit bright fluorescence, narrow emission bandwidths, and relatively long excited-state lifetimes, which can be useful for fluorescence polarization assays and two-photon excitation (TPE) microscopy.

This reactive dye contains a seven-atom aminohexanoyl ("X") spacer between the fluorophore and the NHS ester group. This spacer helps to separate the fluorophore from its point of attachment, potentially reducing the interaction of the fluorophore with the biomolecule to which it is conjugated.

Detailed information about this BODIPY® TMR-X NHS ester:

Fluorophore label: BODIPY® TMR-X dye
Reactive group: NHS ester (succinimidyl ester)
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 544/570 nm
Extinction coefficient: 60,000 cm-1M-1
Molecular weight: 608.45

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

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

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

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

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

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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DyLight™ 488 NHS Ester (Thermo Scientific™)

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

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

Features of the DyLight 488 NHS Ester:

High performance— DyLight 488 is comparable to Alexa Fluor 488 and brighter than FITC and Cy2
Specific— NHS ester-activated dye labels proteins and other molecules at primary amines (-NH2)
Optimized procedure— following the standard protocol results in antibodies with excellent dye:protein ratios and recovery rates for optimum activity and fluorescence labeling

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

DyLight 488 Amine-Reactive Dye is activated with an N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) ester moiety to react with exposed N-terminal α-amino groups or the ε-amino groups of lysine residues to form stable amide bonds. Learn more about NHS ester chemistry.

Typical labeling reactions require the dye to first be dissolved in anhydrous dimethyl formamide (DMF) or another suitable organic solvent before adding a specific molar amount of dye to an amine-free buffer containing the protein to be labeled. However, the high solubility of DyLight Fluors permits protein solutions to be added directly to specific amounts of the labeling reagent. This feature allows DyLight 488 Amine-Reactive Dye to be provided in multiple formats with flexible protocols to achieve efficient degrees of labeling.

We also offer Standard and Microscale DyLight 488 Antibody Labeling Kits for fast and efficient fluorescent labeling of antibodies for use in fluorescence methods.The standard size kit contains all necessary components to perform three separate labeling reactions using 1 mg of IgG or similar quantities of other proteins. The microscale kit contains all of the necessary components to perform five separate labeling reactions using 100 µg of IgG. Both kit sizes include the Amine-Reactive DyLight 488 NHS-ester in convenient single-use vials as well as purification resin and spin columns for the preparation of ready-to-use conjugate.

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5-FAM, SE (5-Carboxyfluorescein, Succinimidyl Ester), single isomer (Invitrogen™)

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

BODIPY™ 558/568 NHS Ester (Succinimidyl Ester) (Invitrogen™)

BODIPY® 558/568 dye is bright, red fluorescent dye. It has a high extinction coefficient and fluorescence quantum yield and is relatively insensitive to solvent polarity and pH change. In contrast to the highly water soluble fluorophores Alexa Fluor® 488 dye and fluorescein (FITC), BODIPY® dyes have unique hydrophobic properties ideal for staining lipids, membranes, and other lipophilic compounds. BODIPY® 558/568 dye has a relatively long excited-state lifetime (typically 5 nanoseconds or longer), which is useful for fluorescence polarization-based assays and a large two-photon cross-section for multiphoton excitation. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer BODIPY® 558/568 dye conjugated to a variety of antibodies, peptides, proteins, tracers, and amplification substrates optimized for cellular labeling and detection.

The NHS ester (or succinimidyl ester) of BODIPY® 558/568 is the most popular tool for conjugating the dye to a protein or antibody. NHS esters can be used to label the primary amines (R-NH2) of proteins, amine-modified oligonucleotides, and other amine-containing molecules. The resulting BODIPY® 558/568 conjugates exhibit bright fluorescence, narrow emission bandwidths, and relatively long excited-state lifetimes, which can be useful for fluorescence polarization assays and two-photon excitation (TPE) microscopy.

This reactive dye contains a C3 alkyl spacer between the fluorophore and the NHS ester group. This spacer helps to separate the fluorophore from its point of attachment, potentially reducing the interaction of the fluorophore with the biomolecule to which it is conjugated.

Detailed information about this BODIPY® 558/568 NHS ester:

Fluorophore label: BODIPY® 558/568 dye
Reactive group: NHS ester (succinimidyl ester)
Reactivity: Primary amines on proteins and ligands, amine-modified oligonucleotides
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 559/568 nm
Extinction coefficient: 97,000 cm-1M-1
Molecular weight: 443.23

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

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

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

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

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

ATTO-TAG™ FQ Derivatization Reagent (FQ; 3-(2-Furoyl)quinoline-2-Carboxaldehyde) (Invitrogen™)

The ATTO-TAG FQ reagent allows the ultrasensitive detection of primary amines. This reagent is available as a standalone product or as a component of an amine-derivatization kit (A-2334). Because ATTO-TAG FQ is nonfluorescent in the unreacted state and reacts specifically with amines to form highly fluorescent conjugates, it is particularly well-suited to the derivatization of peptides, amino acids, aminated sugars and other amine-containing molecules for detection by capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence (LIF). Recently, researchers described a simple method in which the ATTO-TAG FQ reagent was used to derivatize very dilute solutions (10-8 M) of peptides.

BODIPY™ FL Sulfonated Succinimidyl Ester (Invitrogen™)

The amine-reactive BODIPY® FL sulfosuccinimidyl ester can be used to create green-fluorescent bioconjugates. This reactive moiety is sulfonated to increase water solubility. The electronically neutral BODIPY® FL dye has the most fluorescein-like spectra of the green-fluorescent BODIPY® dyes.

DyLight™ 830-B2 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 830-B2 dye has a structure based on the benzopyrillium core, with 2 sulfonates. It has excitation and emission peaks at 844 and 875 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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DyLight™ 780-B2 NHS Ester
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