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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.

DyLight™ 488 Maleimide (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 488 Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is a maleimide-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 488 used to fluorescently label sulfhydryl-containing peptides, proteins, and other biomolecular probes.

DyLight 488 has high fluorescence intensity over a broad pH range (pH 4-9) and is more photostable than Cy2™ dye, 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.

Features of DyLight 488 Maleimide:

High performance—DyLight 488 shows brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor 488, FITC and Cy2 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 488 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™ 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™ 594 Maleimide (Thermo Scientific™)

Thermo Scientific DyLight 594 Sulfhydryl-Reactive Dye is a maleimide-activated derivative of high-performance DyLight 594 used to fluorescently label sulfhydryl-containing peptides, proteins and other biomolecular probes.

DyLight 594 provides vibrant orange-to-red fluorescence with better performance than other rhodamine derivatives including Alexa Fluor™ 594 and Texas Red™ 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 594 Maleimide:

High performance—DyLight 594 shows brighter fluorescence than Alexa Fluor 594 and Texas Red
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 594 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.

Thiol and Sulfide Quantitation Kit (Invitrogen™)

The Thiol and Sulfide Quantitation Kit provides an ultrasensitive colorimetric assay for quantitating both protein and nonprotein thiols (also called sulfhydryls or mercaptans). In this assay, thiols or inorganic sulfides reduce a disulfide-inhibited derivative of papain, stoichiometrically releasing the active enzyme. The activity of the enzyme is then measured using the chromogenic papain substrate N-benzoyl-L-argining, p-nitroanilide (L-BAPNA). The enzymatic amplification step in this kit enables researchers to detect as little as 0.2 µM thiol - a sensitivity that is about 100-fold greater than that achieved using Ellman's reagent.

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.

Alexa Fluor™ 680 C2 Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 680 is a bright, near-infrared fluorescent dye with excitation ideally suited for the 633 nm laser line. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 680 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 680 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® 680 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® 680 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® 680 dye
Reactive group: maleimide
Reactivity: thiol groups on proteins and ligands, oligonucleotide thiophosphates
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 684/714 nm
Extinction coefficient: 175,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: Cy5.5, IRDye 680LT
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.

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.

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.

N-(1-Pyrene)Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

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

Alexa Fluor™ 647 C2 Maleimide (Invitrogen™)

Alexa Fluor® 647 is a bright, far-red fluorescent dye with excitation ideally suited for the 594 nm or 633 nm laser lines. Used for stable signal generation in imaging and flow cytometry, Alexa Fluor® 647 dye is water soluble and pH-insensitive from pH 4 to pH 10. In addition to reactive dye formulations, we offer Alexa Fluor® 647 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® 647 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® 647 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® 647 dye
Reactive group: maleimide
Reactivity: thiol groups on proteins and ligands, oligonucleotide thiophosphates
Ex/Em of the conjugate: 651/671 nm
Extinction coefficient: 265,000 cm-1M-1
Spectrally similar dyes: Cy5
Molecular weight: ~1250

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-PEG2-Biotin (Thermo Scientific™)

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

Features of EZ-Link Maleimide-PEG2-Biotin:

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

Maleimide-PEG2-Biotin enables simple and efficient biotinylation of antibodies, cysteine-containing peptides and other thiol-containing molecules. The maleimide group reacts specifically and efficiently with reduced thiols (sulfhydryl groups,—SH) at pH 6.5 to 7.5 to form stable thioether bonds. The hydrophilic, 2-unit polyethylene glycol (PEG) spacer arm imparts water solubility that is transferred to the biotinylated molecule, thus reducing aggregation of labeled proteins stored in solution. The PEG segment adds length and flexibility to the spacer arm, minimizing steric hindrance involved with binding to avidin molecules.

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

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

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

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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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.

Iodoacetamide Alkyne (Invitrogen™)

Conjugates prepared with the thiol-reactive alkyne, succinimidyl ester can be detected with an azide-containing molecule in a click chemistry reaction. Click chemistry describes a class of chemical reactions that use bio-orthogonal or biologically unique moities to label and detect a molecule of interest using a two-step procedure. The two-step reaction procedure involves a copper-catalyzed triazole formation of an azide and an alkyne. Click reactions have several characteristics: the reaction between the detection moieties is efficient; no extreme temperatures or solvents are required; the reaction product is stable; the components of the reaction are bioinert; and perhaps most importantly, no side reactions occur – the label and detection tags react selectively and specifically with one another. Unlike traditional chemical reactions utilizing succinimidyl esters or maleimides that target amines and sulfhydryls – functional groups that are not unique – click chemistry-labeled molecules can be applied to complex biological samples and be detected with unprecedented sensitivity due to extremely low background.