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

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link Iodoacetyl-PEG2-Biotin is a mid-length, haloacetyl-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 Iodoacetyl-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)
Iodoacetyl-activated—perform reactions in the dark at pH 7.5 to 8.5 in Tris or borate buffer
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 24.7 angstroms

Iodoacetyl-PEG2-Biotin enables simple and efficient biotin labeling of antibodies, cysteine-containing peptides and other thiol-containing molecules. The iodoacetyl group reacts with reduced thiols (sulfhydryl groups,—SH) at alkaline pH to form stable thioether bond. 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. Iodoacetyl reagents specifically react with sulfhydryl groups (-SH) at pH 8.3 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.

Pierce™ Streptavidin, Hydrazide-Activated (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific Pierce Hydrazide-Activated Streptavidin conjugate include recombinant streptavidin in a purified form activated for crosslinking to carbonyl groups in a molecule.

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4-Acetamido-4'-Maleimidylstilbene-2,2'-Disulfonic Acid, Disodium Salt (Invitrogen™)

Our 4-acetamido-4'-maleimidylstilbene-2,2'- disulfonic acid is a thiol-reactive reagent that is water soluble, with high polarity and membrane impermeability. This polysulfonated dye is useful for determining whether thiol-containing proteins and polypeptide chains are exposed at the extracellular or cytoplasmic membrane surface.

Acrylodan (6-Acryloyl-2-Dimethylaminonaphthalene) (Invitrogen™)

The thiol reactive acrylodan (6-acryloyl-2-dimethylaminonaphthalene) generally reacts with thiols more slowly than iodoacetamides or maleimides, but does form very strong thioether bonds that are expected to remain stable under conditions required for complete amino acid analysis. The fluorescence emission peak and intensity of these adducts are particularly sensitive to conformational changes or ligand binding, making this dye one of the most useful thiol-reactive probe for protein structure studies. The environment-sensitive spectral shift of acrylodan conjugates may make this useful for distinguishing thiols that are located in membranes versus those exposed to aqueous solvation in cells.

6-IAF (6-Iodoacetamidofluorescein) (Invitrogen™)

The thiol-reactive 6-iodoacetamidofluorescein (6-IAF) can be used to produce bioconjugates with the 5-isomer of fluorescein.

N-(1-Pyrene)Iodoacetamide (Invitrogen™)

The thiol-reactive N-(1-pyrene)iodoacetamide can be used to create environment-sensitive bioconjugates with this unique fluorophore.

QSY™ 7 C5-Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

QSY® 7 C5-maleimide is a nonfluorescent acceptor dye (absorption maximum ~560 nm) for preparation of FRET probes via thiol modification.

MDCC, 7-Diethylamino-3-((((2-Maleimidyl)ethyl)amino)carbonyl)coumarin (Invitrogen™)

The thiol reactive coumarin, MDCC 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).

DyLight™ 633 Maleimide (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 633 Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is a maleimide-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 633 used to fluorescently label sulfhydryl-containing peptides, proteins, and other biomolecular probes.

DyLight 633 fluoresces red and has physical properties comparable to other 633 dyes, including Alexa Fluor™ 633, over a broad pH range (pH 4–9). 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 633 Maleimide:

High performance—DyLight 633 shows brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor 633
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 633 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.

Alexa Fluor™ 750 C5 Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 750 is a bright, near-infrared fluorescent dye with excitation ideally suited for the 633 nm laser line or dye-pumped laser excitation. 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. 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 maleimide derivative of Alexa Fluor® 750 is the most popular tool for conjugating the dye to a thiol group on a protein, oligonucleotide thiophosphate, or low molecular weight ligand. The resulting Alexa Fluor® 750 conjugates exhibit brighter fluorescence and greater photostability than the conjugates of other spectrally similar fluorophores.

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® maleimide:

Fluorophore label: Alexa Fluor® 750 dye
Reactive group: maleimide
Reactivity: thiol groups on proteins and ligands, oligonucleotide thiophosphates
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 753/783 nm
Extinction coefficient: 290,0000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: Cy7
Molecular weight: ~1350

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Features of the Maleimide Activated Horseradish Peroxidase Kit :

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

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

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

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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™ 350 C5 Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 350 is a blue fluorescent dye with moderate photostability and excitation that matches the 350 nm laser line. 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 maleimide derivative of Alexa Fluor® 350 is the most popular tool for conjugating the dye to a thiol group on a protein, oligonucleotide thiophosphate, or low molecular weight ligand. The resulting Alexa Fluor® 350 conjugates exhibit brighter fluorescence and greater photostability than the conjugates of other spectrally similar fluorophores.

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® maleimide:

Fluorophore label: Alexa Fluor® 350 dye
Reactive group: maleimide
Reactivity: thiol groups on proteins and ligands, oligonucleotide thiophosphates
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 345/444 nm
Extinction coefficient: 17,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: Marina Blue
Molecular weight: 578.68

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thermo Scientific EZ-Link HPDP-Biotin is pyridyldithiol-activated, sulfhydryl-reactive biotinylation reagent that conjugates via a cleavable (reversible) disulfide bond to enable use in a variety of purification methods.

Features of EZ-Link HPDP-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)
Pyridyldithiol-activated—perform reactions at pH 6.5 to 7.5 in buffers such as PBS
Reversible—forms disulfide bonds, which can be cleaved using DTT or other reducing agent
Solubility—must be dissolved in DMSO or DMF before further dilution in aqueous buffers
Medium length—spacer arm (total length added to target) is 29.2 angstroms

HPDP-Biotin is a pyridyldithiol-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 reversible disulfide bonds. HPDP-Biotin is useful for labeling and affinity-purification applications that require recovery of the original, unmodified molecule. For example, a protein can be biotinylated, allowed to bind its interactor, then captured to a streptavidin column and finally eluted and recovered by reduction of the disulfide bond with dithiothreitol.

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. Pyridyldithiol reagents specifically react with sulfhydryl groups (-SH) in near-neutral buffers to form reversible disulfide 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.

Applications:
• Retrieve cell surface receptors and cleave the biotin away on an immobilized avidin column

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

Thermo Scientific Pierce Maleimide Activated Horseradish Peroxidase is for preparation of HRP conjugates with proteins, peptides or other ligands that contain sulfhydryl groups, such as reduced cysteines. This product contains 5 mg of conjugated protein and can effectively modify 5 mg of immunoglobulin.

Features of Maleimide Activated Horseradish Peroxidase:

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

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

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

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