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Alexa Fluor® 488 Mouse anti-β-Tubulin
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BD Pharmingen™
Human, Rat (QC Testing), Mouse, Syrian Hamster, Chinese Hamster, Indian Muntjac (Reported)
Mouse IgM, κ
Bioimaging (Routinely Tested)
5 µl
Aqueous buffered solution containing BSA and ≤0.09% sodium azide.

Preparation And Storage

Store undiluted at 4°C and protected from prolonged exposure to light. Do not freeze. The monoclonal antibody was purified from tissue culture supernatant or ascites by affinity chromatography. The antibody was conjugated to Alexa Fluor® 488 under optimum conditions, and unreacted Alexa Fluor® 488 was removed.

Recommended Assay Procedures

1.        Seed the cells in appropriate culture medium at ~10,000 cells per well in a BD Falcon™ 96-well Imaging Plate (Cat. No. 353219), and

        culture overnight.

2.        Remove the culture medium from the wells, and fix the cells by adding 100 µl of fresh 3.7% Formaldehyde in PBS or BD Cytofix™ fixation buffer (Cat. No. 554655) to each well and incubating for 10 minutes at room temperature (RT).

3.        Remove the fixative from the wells, and permeabilize the cells using either cold methanol or Triton™ X-100:

a.        Add 100 µl of -20°C 90% methanol or -20°C BD™ Phosflow Perm Buffer III (Cat. No. 558050) to each well and incubate for 5 minutes at RT.


b.        Add 100 µl of 0.1% Triton™ X-100 to each well and incubate for 5 minutes at RT.

4.        Remove the permeabilizer, and wash the wells twice with 100 μl of 1× PBS.

5.        Remove the PBS, and block the cells by adding 100 µl of blocking buffer (3% FBS in 1× PBS) or BD Pharmingen™ Stain Buffer (FBS) (Cat. No. 554656) to each well and incubating for 30 minutes at RT.

6.        Remove the blocking buffer, dilute the antibody conjugate 1:10 in blocking buffer or Stain Buffer (FBS), and stain the cells by adding 50 µl of the diluted antibody conjugate to each well and incubating for 1 hour at RT.

7.        Remove the diluted antibody conjugate, and wash the wells three times with 100 μl of 1× PBS.

8.        Remove the PBS, and counter-stain the nuclei by adding 100 μl of a 2 μg/ml solution of Hoechst 33342 (eg, Sigma-Aldrich Cat. No. B2261) in 1× PBS to each well at least 15 minutes before imaging.

9.        View and analyze the cells on an appropriate imaging instrument.

Product Notices

  1. Please refer to for technical protocols.
  2. This reagent has been pre-diluted for use at the recommended Volume per Test when following the Recommended Assay Procedure. A Test is typically ~10,000 cells cultured in a well of a 96-well imaging plate.
  3. The Alexa Fluor®, Pacific Blue™, and Cascade Blue® dye antibody conjugates in this product are sold under license from Molecular Probes, Inc. for research use only, excluding use in combination with microarrays, or as analyte specific reagents. The Alexa Fluor® dyes (except for Alexa Fluor® 430), Pacific Blue™ dye, and Cascade Blue® dye are covered by pending and issued patents.
  4. Alexa Fluor® 488 fluorochrome emission is collected at the same instrument settings as for fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC).
  5. Alexa Fluor® is a registered trademark of Molecular Probes, Inc., Eugene, OR.
  6. Source of all serum proteins is from USDA inspected abattoirs located in the United States.
  7. Caution: Sodium azide yields highly toxic hydrazoic acid under acidic conditions. Dilute azide compounds in running water before discarding to avoid accumulation of potentially explosive deposits in plumbing.
  8. For fluorochrome spectra and suitable instrument settings, please refer to our Multicolor Flow Cytometry web page at
  9. Triton is a trademark of the Dow Chemical Company.
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Antibody Details
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Tubulin is a highly conserved protein with a molecular weight of ~50 kD.  The self-assembly of tubulin leads to microtubules, hollow cylinders that are one of the major components of the eukaryotic cytoskeleton.  Microtubules play key roles in chromosome segregation in mitosis, intracellular transport, ciliary and flagellar bending, and structural support of the cytoskeleton.  There are two main classes of tubulin isoforms, α- and β-tubulin, which are usually products of separate genes.  Microtubules are made from protofilaments, strings of alternating α- and β-tubulin spaced 4 nm apart and pointing in the same direction.  Tubulin can be posttranslationally modified in several ways, including phosphorylation, acetylation, glutamylation, and detyrosination.  For example, microtubules that turn over slowly tend to be acetylated and detyrosinated.

The 5H1 monoclonal antibody reacts with β-tubulin.  It does not cross-react with α-tubulin.

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Alexa Fluor™ 488
Alexa Fluor™ 488 Dye is part of the BD blue family of dyes. This is a small organic fluorochrome with an excitation maximum (Ex Max) at 494-nm and an emission maximum (Em Max) at 517-nm. Alexa Fluor™ 488 is designed to be excited by the Blue laser (488 nm) and detected using an optical filter centered near 520-nm (e.g., a 530/30-nm bandpass filter). Please ensure that your instrument’s configurations (lasers and optical filters) are appropriate for this dye.
Alexa Fluor™ 488
Blue 488 nm
494 nm
517 nm
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Citations & References
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Development References (5)

  1. Brown KD, Wood KW, Cleveland DW. The kinesin-like protein CENP-E is kinetochore-associated throughout poleward chromosome segregation during anaphase-A. J Cell Sci. 1996; 109:961-969. (Clone-specific: Immunofluorescence).
  2. Cho J-H, Johnson GVW. Primed phosphorylation of tau at Thr231 by glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) plays a critical role in regulating tau's ability to bind and stabilize microtubules. J Neurochem. 2004; 88:349-358. (Clone-specific: Immunofluorescence).
  3. Helfand BT, Mikami A, Vallee RB, Goldman RD. A requirement for cytoplasmic dynein and dynactin in intermediate filament network assembly and organization. J Cell Biol. 2002; 157(5):795-806. (Clone-specific: Immunofluorescence).
  4. Prahlad V, Yoon M, Moir RD, Vale RD, Goldman RD. Rapid movements of vimentin on microtubule tracks: kinesin-dependent assembly of intermediate filament networks. J Cell Biol. 1998; 143(1):159-170. (Clone-specific: Immunofluorescence).
  5. Wang Y, Loomis PA, Zinkoswski RP, Binder LI. A novel tau transcript in cultured human neuroblastoma cells expressing nuclear tau. J Cell Biol. 1993; 121(2):257-267. (Clone-specific: Immunofluorescence).
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