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Purified Mouse Anti-Rat Nestin
Purified Mouse Anti-Rat Nestin
Western blot analysis of Nestin. A rat (E21) cerebrum lysate was probed with the mouse anti-rat Nestin antibody at concentrations of 2.0 µg/mL (lane 1), 1.0 µg/mL (lane 2), and 0.5 µg/mL (lane 3).
Western blot analysis of Nestin. A rat (E21) cerebrum lysate was probed with the mouse anti-rat Nestin antibody at concentrations of 2.0 µg/mL (lane 1), 1.0 µg/mL (lane 2), and 0.5 µg/mL (lane 3).
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BD Pharmingen™
Rat (QC Testing)
Mouse IgG1
Rat (E15) spinal cord extracts
Western blot (Routinely Tested), Electron microscopy, Flow cytometry, Fluorescence microscopy, Immunohistochemistry (Reported)
198-260 kDa
0.5 mg/ml
Aqueous buffered solution containing ≤0.09% sodium azide.

Preparation And Storage

Store undiluted at 4°C. The monoclonal antibody was purified from tissue culture supernatant or ascites by affinity chromatography.

Recommended Assay Procedures

Western blot:  Please refer to

Product Notices

  1. Since applications vary, each investigator should titrate the reagent to obtain optimal results.
  2. 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.
  3. Please refer to for technical protocols.
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Multipotential stem cells in the neural tube of the developing embryo give rise to the different neuronal cell types of the brain. Nestin is an intermediate filament protein which is abundantly expressed in neuroepithelial stem cells early in embryogenesis, but is absent from nearly all mature central nervous system (CNS) cells. After its down-regulation, GFAP and neurofilaments are expressed in differentiated astrocytes and neurons, respectively.  Initial studies showed that the mouse anti-rat nestin antibody (clone Rat 401) recognized transient radial glial cells and dividing neuroepithelial stem cells in the embryonic rat CNS. Reportedly, Rat 401 has been used to analyze nestin expression in the developing rat nervous system and in immortalized CNS precursor cell lines (e.g such as in E11 rat CNS stem cells, but lost by postnatal day 6 (P6) in spinal cord and by P21 in the cerebellum). Although not expressed in normal adult CNS cells, nestin has been reportedly to be detectable in a variety of CNS tumors, suggesting that these tumors share gene expression patterns with primitive, undifferentiated CNS cells. Rat 401 positive cells have been reported to be found throughout the developing neural tube, but not in the adult CNS. More than 90% of dissociated E11 neural tube cells have been reported to be Rat 401 positive. Rat 401 recognizes rat nestin and has been reported not to cross-react with human nestin. Due to differential tissue expression, this antibody may recognize nestin as a doublet within a range of 198-260 kD.

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Tissue culture supernatant is purified by either protein A/G or affinity purification methods. Both methods yield antibody in solution that is free of most other soluble proteins, lipids, etc. This format provides pure antibody that is suitable for a number of downstream applications including: secondary labeling for flow cytometry or microscopy, ELISA, Western blot, etc.
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Development References (9)

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  7. Renfranz PJ, Cunningham MG, McKay RD. Region-specific differentiation of the hippocampal stem cell line HiB5 upon implantation into the developing mammalian brain. Cell. 1991; 66(4):713-729. (Biology: Fluorescence microscopy). View Reference
  8. Tohyama T, Lee VM, Rorke LB, Marvin M, McKay RD, Trojanowski JQ. Monoclonal antibodies to a rat nestin fusion protein recognize a 220-kDa polypeptide in subsets of fetal and adult human central nervous system neurons and in primitive neuroectodermal tumor cells. Am J Pathol. 1993; 143(1):258-268. (Biology). View Reference
  9. Tohyama T, Lee VM, Rorke LB, Marvin M, McKay RD, Trojanowski JQ. Nestin expression in embryonic human neuroepithelium and in human neuroepithelial tumor cells. Lab Invest. 1992; 66(3):303-313. (Biology). View Reference
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