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GFP-Booster: GFP Nanobody for better images in immunofluorescence

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Jan 31, 2022 1:06:06 PM

Since the discovery of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) it has been widely applied in fluorescence microscopy as a tool to study proteins in their native cellular environment. However, GFP has several intrinsic limitations, such as low signal intensity, fast photo bleaching and signal loss after chemical treatment. The GFP-Booster, which is composed of an anti-GFP Nanobody conjugated to a fluorescent dye, enhances, stabilizes, and re-establishes the signal of GFP fusion proteins in immunofluorescence. In this blog, we answer why the small size of the GFP-Booster is of advantage compared to regular antibodies in immunofluorescence and provide an overview of the GFP variants bound by the GFP-Booster as well as the available dyes.

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Topics: GFP-Booster

GFP-Trap for immunoprecipitation (IP) – stringent washing

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Jan 27, 2022 12:07:53 PM

The high stability of the GFP-Trap® enables its use in virtually any lysis and wash buffer. Therefore, it is possible to remove unwanted proteins, reduce background in your IP, or apply the GFP-Trap in applications requiring harsh buffer conditions. The GFP-Trap bound to the GFP-fusion protein can, for example, be used in ubiquitination assays or in the presence of Urea, which is used for the total inactivation of any phosphatase activity in Co-IP/MS for phosphorylation studies.

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How to immunoprecipitate Flag®-tagged proteins

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Dec 16, 2021 10:33:31 AM

Flag®-tag (or DYKDDDDK-tag) is a commonly used short peptide tag for multiple applications such as immunoprecipitation (IP), protein purification, immunofluorescence, and Western blotting (WB). In this blog, we provide an introduction to the IP of Flag®-tagged proteins from cellular extracts. Using our DYKDDDDK Fab-Trap™ as an example, we elaborate on the different steps of IP and highlight the controls that help you achieve the best result in your experiment.

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Topics: Immunoprecipitation

Flag-tag and 3x Flag-tag: An epitope tag for capture and detection experiments

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Jun 25, 2021 10:35:07 AM

1. What is Flag-Tag?

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Topics: Myc-tag, Spot-Tag, HA-Tag, Flag-Tag

GFP (green fluorescent protein): Properties, origin, specifications, tips

Posted by Christoph Eckert on May 25, 2021 5:13:30 PM

1. What is GFP?

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Topics: GFP, GFP VHH, GFP Nanobody, EGFP

Overview of ChromoTek’s Nanobody-based tools for cancer research

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Apr 28, 2021 5:30:23 PM

Cancer is still a leading cause of mortality. Each year 18 million people worldwide get diagnosed with cancer. The current trend is increasing. This makes cancer research more important.

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Topics: Chromobodies, GFP-Trap, p53/Mdm2, p53/Mdm4, MK2-Trap, Vimentin

Myc-tag: An epitope tag for protein characterization, protein interaction analysis, and purification.

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Mar 17, 2021 11:47:58 AM

Myc-tag is a peptide tag derived from the c-Myc protein. The Myc-tag can be used for many capture and detection applications such as immunoprecipitation, immunofluorescence and protein purification.

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Topics: Myc-tag, Spot-Tag, HA-Tag, Flag-Tag

V5 Tag: Properties, origin, specifications, antibodies & Nanobodies

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Sep 23, 2020 2:09:32 PM

V5 tag is a short peptide tag for detection and purification of proteins. The V5 tag can be fused/cloned to a recombinant protein and detected in ELISA, flow cytometry, immunoprecipitation, immunofluorescence, and Western blotting with antibodies and Nanobodies.

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Topics: Immunoprecipitation, V5

SNAP-tag and CLIP-tag

Posted by Christoph Eckert on May 7, 2020 9:34:17 AM

SNAP-tag and CLIP-tag are self-labeling protein tags. The SNAP-tag protein and the CLIP-tag protein can be fused to a protein of interest (POI) and used for cellular and biochemical analysis.

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Topics: VHH, Nanobody, SNAP


Posted by Christoph Eckert on May 5, 2020 2:47:26 PM

HaloTag is a protein tag. The HaloTag protein can be fused to your protein of interest (POI) which enables it for cellular and biochemical analysis. It can also be used for live cell imaging.

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Topics: VHH, Nanobody

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