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Fluorescent western blotting provides accurate, quantitative, stable signals, and the ability to clearly evaluate multiple protein targets on a single blot. We offer optimized reagents, buffers and fluorescent conjugated antibodies so you can get the most from your fluorescent western blots.

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Fluorescent western blot optimized reagents

To limit background fluorescence, specific fluorescent western blotting reagents have been developed and optimized to help you obtain the best sensitivity when using fluorescent conjugated-antibodies or probes. From sample preparation to protein detection these reagents and tools can help you limit background fluorescence.

Sample buffers for SDS-PAGE

Sample buffers containing bromophenol blue and certain other dyes will fluoresce and can contribute to increased background fluorescence. Care must be taken when using these sample buffers as majority of camera systems will optimize exposure to the bright dye front. We recommended using fluorescence-friendly sample buffers without bromophenol blue.

Thermo Fisher Scientific product Description Cat. No.
Fluorescent Compatible Sample Buffer Fluorescent friendly sample buffer formulated without bromophenol blue or other dyes that interfere in the fluorescent channels but still providing a visible dye front. The buffer is ready-to-use for non-reducing SDS-PAGE or add reducing agent for reducing SDS-PAGE. LC2570

Molecular weight markers for fluorescent detection

Consideration needs to be taken when picking a molecular weight marker for fluorescent detection, to not overwhelm the fluorescent of your target proteins. We offer several protein ladders specifically designed for fluorescent western blotting.

  iBright Prestained protein ladder PageRuler Plus Prestained protein ladder PageRuler Prestained NIR protein ladder
  iBright Prestained Protein Ladder PageRuler Plus Prestained Protein Ladder PageRuler Prestained NIR Protein Ladder
Applications Fluorescence, chemiluminescent, direct visualization NIR and RGB fluorescence, direct visualization NIR fluorescence, direct visualization
Molecular weight range ~10-250 kDa ~10-250 kDa ~11-250 kDa
Number of bands 12 9 10
No. of colors 10 single colored bands (prestained) 9 colored bands- six blue, one green and two orange bands (prestained) 10 single colored bands (prestained)
Major features Two unstained proteins (30 and 80 kDa) with IgG binding sites for chemiluminescent or fluorescent detection Three colors for quick reference of approximate size Reference band at 55kDa with greater intensity
Fluorescence wavelength NIR and determined by 2° antibodies used 700 nm and 550nm NIR
Cat. No. LC5615 26619 26635

Membranes for fluorescent western blotting

To eliminate a major source of background fluorescence, we recommend membranes with low auto-fluorescence, which include nitrocellulose and specialty low-fluorescence PVDF membranes. We have several membranes that provide low background fluorescent for your experimental needs.

Thermo Fisher Scientific product Description Order
Low-Fluorescence PVDF 0.2 µm 22860 (7cm x 8.4cm)
Nitrocellulose 0.45 µm 88018 (30cm x 3.5m)
77010 (8cm x 12cm)
88025 (8cm x 8cm)
88014 (7.9cm x 10.5cm)
Nitrocellulose 0.2 µm 77012 (8cm x 12cm)
88024 (8cm x 8cm)
88013 (7.9cm x 10.5cm)

See our Membranes page for a complete list of all our available membrane

Blocking buffers for fluorescence western blotting

When performing fluorescent western blotting it is recommended to use only high-quality filtered buffers. Particles and contaminants in wash and blocking buffers can settle on membranes and create fluorescent artifacts. In addition, limit the use of detergents during blocking steps, as common detergents can auto-fluoresce and increase nonspecific background. Protein interactions are unpredictable; blocking buffers that work well in one system may result in high background in another. We recommend testing multiple blocking buffers to find the best signal-to-noise ratio.

  Thermo Fisher Scientific product Description Cat. No.
Start with Blocker FL Blocking Buffer Designed to reduce cross-reactivity and produce high signal-to-noise ratios 37565
Next StartingBlock Blocking Buffer Single purified protein, fast-blocking, broad applicability, available in PBS and TBS with and without Tween buffer; compatible with most antibodies as well as biotin-binding reagents 37538 (PBS)
37542 (TBS)
Specialty SEA BLOCK Blocking Buffer Fish serum, less likely to have nonspecific binding with antibodies and other mammalian proteins 37527

Stripping buffers for fluorescent western blotting

Reprobing a stripped blot saves time and cost when samples are in limited quantities, when the same sample requires analysis by different antibodies, or when optimization is required. Traditional stripping buffers may only be effective for removing only low-affinity antibodies, leaving behind dye-labeled secondary antibodies that can overwhelm the target signal when re-probing. Restore Fluorescent Western Blot stripping buffer was developed to assist in removing near-infrared (IR) dye-labeled secondary antibodies (680-800 nm) from western blots.

Thermo Fisher Scientific product Description Cat. No.
Restore Fluorescent Western Blot Stripping Buffer A gentle and highly effective reagent for quickly removing primary and near-infrared (IR) dye-labeled secondary antibodies from western blots transferred on PVDF membranes 62300

Fluorescent western blot optimized reagents

To limit background fluorescence, specific fluorescent western blotting reagents have been developed and optimized to help you obtain the best sensitivity when using fluorescent conjugated-antibodies or probes. From sample preparation to protein detection these reagents and tools can help you limit background fluorescence.

Sample buffers for SDS-PAGE

Sample buffers containing bromophenol blue and certain other dyes will fluoresce and can contribute to increased background fluorescence. Care must be taken when using these sample buffers as majority of camera systems will optimize exposure to the bright dye front. We recommended using fluorescence-friendly sample buffers without bromophenol blue.

Thermo Fisher Scientific product Description Cat. No.
Fluorescent Compatible Sample Buffer Fluorescent friendly sample buffer formulated without bromophenol blue or other dyes that interfere in the fluorescent channels but still providing a visible dye front. The buffer is ready-to-use for non-reducing SDS-PAGE or add reducing agent for reducing SDS-PAGE. LC2570

Molecular weight markers for fluorescent detection

Consideration needs to be taken when picking a molecular weight marker for fluorescent detection, to not overwhelm the fluorescent of your target proteins. We offer several protein ladders specifically designed for fluorescent western blotting.

  iBright Prestained protein ladder PageRuler Plus Prestained protein ladder PageRuler Prestained NIR protein ladder
  iBright Prestained Protein Ladder PageRuler Plus Prestained Protein Ladder PageRuler Prestained NIR Protein Ladder
Applications Fluorescence, chemiluminescent, direct visualization NIR and RGB fluorescence, direct visualization NIR fluorescence, direct visualization
Molecular weight range ~10-250 kDa ~10-250 kDa ~11-250 kDa
Number of bands 12 9 10
No. of colors 10 single colored bands (prestained) 9 colored bands- six blue, one green and two orange bands (prestained) 10 single colored bands (prestained)
Major features Two unstained proteins (30 and 80 kDa) with IgG binding sites for chemiluminescent or fluorescent detection Three colors for quick reference of approximate size Reference band at 55kDa with greater intensity
Fluorescence wavelength NIR and determined by 2° antibodies used 700 nm and 550nm NIR
Cat. No. LC5615 26619 26635

Membranes for fluorescent western blotting

To eliminate a major source of background fluorescence, we recommend membranes with low auto-fluorescence, which include nitrocellulose and specialty low-fluorescence PVDF membranes. We have several membranes that provide low background fluorescent for your experimental needs.

Thermo Fisher Scientific product Description Order
Low-Fluorescence PVDF 0.2 µm 22860 (7cm x 8.4cm)
Nitrocellulose 0.45 µm 88018 (30cm x 3.5m)
77010 (8cm x 12cm)
88025 (8cm x 8cm)
88014 (7.9cm x 10.5cm)
Nitrocellulose 0.2 µm 77012 (8cm x 12cm)
88024 (8cm x 8cm)
88013 (7.9cm x 10.5cm)

See our Membranes page for a complete list of all our available membrane

Blocking buffers for fluorescence western blotting

When performing fluorescent western blotting it is recommended to use only high-quality filtered buffers. Particles and contaminants in wash and blocking buffers can settle on membranes and create fluorescent artifacts. In addition, limit the use of detergents during blocking steps, as common detergents can auto-fluoresce and increase nonspecific background. Protein interactions are unpredictable; blocking buffers that work well in one system may result in high background in another. We recommend testing multiple blocking buffers to find the best signal-to-noise ratio.

  Thermo Fisher Scientific product Description Cat. No.
Start with Blocker FL Blocking Buffer Designed to reduce cross-reactivity and produce high signal-to-noise ratios 37565
Next StartingBlock Blocking Buffer Single purified protein, fast-blocking, broad applicability, available in PBS and TBS with and without Tween buffer; compatible with most antibodies as well as biotin-binding reagents 37538 (PBS)
37542 (TBS)
Specialty SEA BLOCK Blocking Buffer Fish serum, less likely to have nonspecific binding with antibodies and other mammalian proteins 37527

Stripping buffers for fluorescent western blotting

Reprobing a stripped blot saves time and cost when samples are in limited quantities, when the same sample requires analysis by different antibodies, or when optimization is required. Traditional stripping buffers may only be effective for removing only low-affinity antibodies, leaving behind dye-labeled secondary antibodies that can overwhelm the target signal when re-probing. Restore Fluorescent Western Blot stripping buffer was developed to assist in removing near-infrared (IR) dye-labeled secondary antibodies (680-800 nm) from western blots.

Thermo Fisher Scientific product Description Cat. No.
Restore Fluorescent Western Blot Stripping Buffer A gentle and highly effective reagent for quickly removing primary and near-infrared (IR) dye-labeled secondary antibodies from western blots transferred on PVDF membranes 62300
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