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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.

5-IAF (5-iodoacetamido-fluorescein) (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific 5-Iodoacetamido-Fluorescein (5-IAF) is a high-performance derivative of fluorescein dye, activated for easy and reliable labeling of antibodies, proteins and other molecules for use as fluorescent probes. 5-Iodoacetamido-Fluorescein is a sulfhydryl-reactive derivative of fluorescein that labels proteins and other molecules having free thiols (cysteine side chains)

Properties of 5-Iodoacetamido-Fluorescein:

• Alternative names: 5-IAF, 5-iodoacetamidofluorescein
• Chemical name: Acetamide, N-(3',6'-dihydroxy-3-oxospiro (isobenzofuran-1(3H), 9'-(9H)xanthen)-5-yl)-2-iodo
• Molecular weight: 515.26±3
• Excitation source: 488 nm spectral line, argon-ion laser
• Excitation wavelength: 494 nm
• Emission wavelength: 518 nm
• Extinction coefficient: > 80,000 M-1cm-1
• CAS #: 63368-54-7
• Solubility: Soluble in DMF; aqueous buffers at pH > 6
• Reactive groups: Iodoacetamide, reacts with sulfhydryls at pH 7.0 to 7.5

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

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N-(1-Pyrene)Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

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

DyLight™ 650 Maleimide (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 650 Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is a maleimide-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 650 used to fluorescently label sulfhydryl-containing peptides, proteins, and other biomolecular probes.

DyLight 650 provides vibrant far-red fluorescence with comparable or improved performance over other dyes, including Alexa Fluor™ 647 and Cy5™ dye, 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 650 Maleimide:

High performance—DyLight 650 fluoresces brighter than Alexa Fluor 647 and Cy5
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 650 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™ 546 C5 Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

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

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

Detailed information about this AlexaFluor® maleimide:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rhodamine Red™ C2 Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

The thiol-reactive Rhodamine Red® C2 maleimide can be used to create red-fluorescent bioconjugates with excitation/emission maxima ~560/580 nm.

N-(Biotinoyl)-N'-(Iodoacetyl)Ethylenediamine (Invitrogen™)

The thiol-reactive biotin iodoacetamide reagent can be used to covalently attach biotin to thiol-containing proteins or thiolated nucleic acids.  The addition of a biotin residue enables the detection with avidin or streptavidin conjugates.  Electrophoretically separated thiol-containing proteins treated with biotin iodoacetamide have been detected in Western blots using an avidin–alkaline phosphatase conjugate.

Alexa Fluor™ 633 C5 Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 633 is a bright, 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.

The maleimide derivative of Alexa Fluor® 633 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® 633 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® 633 dye
Reactive group: maleimide
Reactivity: thiol groups on proteins and ligands, oligonucleotide thiophosphates
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 622/640 nm
Extinction coefficient: 143,000 cm-1M-1
Molecular weight: ~1300

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

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

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

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

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

DyLight™ 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.

DyLight™ 350 Maleimide (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 350 Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is a maleimide-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 350 used to fluorescently label sulfhydryl-containing peptides, proteins and other biomolecular probes.

DyLight 350 has high fluorescence intensity over a broad pH range (pH 4-9) and is more photostable than Alexa Fluor™ 350 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 350 Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye:

High performance—DyLight 350 shows brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor 350 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 350 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Features of DyLight 755-4xPEG Maleimide:

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

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

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

DyLight™ 550 Maleimide (Thermo Scientific™)

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

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 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 550 Maleimide:

High performance—DyLight 550 shows brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor 555, TRITC and Cy3 dye
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 550 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.

DTNB; Ellman's Reagent, 5,5'-Dithiobis-(2-Nitrobenzoic Acid) (Invitrogen™)

DTNB or Elman's reagent can be used to quantitate thiols in proteins, cells and plasma by absorption measurements. It readily forms a mixed disulfide with thiols, liberating the chromophore 5-merapto-2-nitrobenzoic acid (absorption maximum 410 nm). Only protein thiols that are accessible to this water-soluble reagent are modified.

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

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

Tetramethylrhodamine-5-Iodoacetamide Dihydroiodide (5-TMRIA), single isomer (Invitrogen™)

The thiol-reactive tetramethylrhodamine-5-iodoacetamide dihydroiodide (5-TMRIA) can be used to can be used to create bright orange-red-fluorescent bioconjugates with excitation/emission maxima ~555/580.

IANBD Amide (N,N'-Dimethyl-N-(Iodoacetyl)-N'-(7-Nitrobenz-2-Oxa-1,3-Diazol-4-yl)Ethylenediamine) (Invitrogen™)

The thiol-reactive IANBD amide can be used to create environment sensitive probes. The absorption and fluorescence emission spectra, quantum yields, and extinction coefficients of NBD conjugates are all markedly dependent on solvent. Additionally, NBD is also a function analog of the dinitrophenyl hapten, and its fluorescence is quenched upon binding to anti-dinitrophenyl (anti-DNP) antibodies.

Oregon Green™ 488 Iodoacetamide, mixed isomers (Invitrogen™)

The thiol reactive Oregon Green® 488 iodoacetamide 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.

Fluorescein-5-Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

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

Alexa Fluor™ 660 C2 Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 660 is a bright, far-red fluorescent dye. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 660 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10.

The maleimide derivative of Alexa Fluor® 660 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® 660 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® 660 dye
Reactive group: maleimide
Reactivity: thiol groups on proteins and ligands, oligonucleotide thiophosphates
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 668/697 nm
Extinction coefficient: 112,000 cm-1M-1
Molecular weight: ~1000

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.

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.

Pacific Blue™ C5-Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

Pacific Blue™ C5-maleimide is an excellent reagent for thiol-selective modification, quantitation and analysis. In this reaction, the thiol is added across the double bond of the maleimide to yield a thioether. This compound does not react with methionine, histidine or tyrosine. Reaction of Pacific Blue™ C5-maleimide with amines usually requires a higher pH than reaction of maleimides with thiols.

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DyLight™ 800-4xPEG Maleimide (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 800-4xPEG Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is a maleimide-activated derivative of our high-performance DyLight 800 Dye used to fluorescently label cysteine-containing peptides, proteins or other biomolecular probes.

The DyLight 800-4xPEG dye contains 4 polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains that are non-cytotoxic, enhance fluorescence, and reduce nonspecific binding of conjugates made with them. Conjugates made with DyLight 800-4xPEG Dye can be used as molecular probes for cellular imaging and other fluorescence detection methods. The NIR fluorescence properties of DyLight 800-4xPEG Dye make it especially useful in a variety of biological, chemical, and pharmaceutical applications, including in vivo imaging. The PEG chains also improve solubility of the dyes and labeled molecules in aqueous solution, aid in cell permeability and improve tissue retention.

Features of DyLight 800-4xPEG Maleimide:

High fluorescence intensity—fluorescence comparable to Alexa Fluor™ 800 and IRDye™ 800
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 800-4xPEG Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is activated with a maleic acid imide (maleimide) moiety to form a reactive alkylation reagent. Labeling occurs through reaction of the maleimide-activated dye with reduced sulfhydryl groups (-SH) to form stable thioether bonds. Maleimides are specific for sulfhydryl groups between pH 6.5-7.5. Learn more about maleimide chemistry.

DyLight™ 755 Maleimide (Thermo Scientific™)

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

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.

Features of DyLight 755 Maleimide:

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

DyLight™ 550-2xPEG 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.

pHrodo™ Green Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

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

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

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

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

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

QSY™ 9 C5-Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

The thiol-reactive quencher, QSY® 9 succinimidyl ester has a broad and intense visible absorption (~560 nm) but no fluorescence making it useful as an acceptor in fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) applications.

Measure-IT™ Thiol Assay Kit (Invitrogen™)

The Measure-iT™ Thiol Assay Kit proves easy and accurate quantitation of thiol. The assay has a linear range of 0.05-5 uM thiol, making it up to 400 times more sensitive than colorimetric methods based on Ellman's reagent. The assay is performed at room temperature; maximum fluorescence signal is attained in 5 minutes and is stable for at least 1 hour.

CPM (7-Diethylamino-3-(4'-Maleimidylphenyl)-4-Methylcoumarin) (Invitrogen™)

The thiol-reactive coumarin, CPM is very weakly fluorescent until reacted with thiols producing a conjugate with excitation/emission maxima of ~384/470 nm.

Texas Red™ C2 Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

The thiol-reactive Texas Red® C2 maleimide can be used to can be used to create bright red-fluorescent bioconjugates with excitation/emission maxima ~595/615 nm.