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Biotin is a small molecule which non-covalently binds to avidin and streptavidin with very high affinity. The affinity of the interaction makes biotin an excellent conjugate for detection when used in immunohistochemistry techniques. Biotin conjugates can be employed in signal amplification techniques.
Biotin-SP is our trade name for biotin with a 6-atom spacer positioned between biotin and the protein to which it is conjugated. When Biotin-SP-conjugated antibodies are used in enzyme immunoassays, there is an increase in sensitivity compared to biotin-conjugated antibodies without the spacer. This is especially notable when Biotin-SP-conjugated antibodies are used with alkaline phosphatase-conjugated streptavidin. Apparently, the long spacer extends the biotin moiety away from the antibody surface, making it more accessible to binding sites on streptavidin.
Biotin is available conjugated to:
Biotinylated antibodies require additional reagents for visualization. We offer streptavidin and Mouse Anti-Biotin conjugated to fluorophores and enzymes.
Anti-GFP immunohistochemical staining using Biotin-SP-conjugated Donkey Anti-Rabbit IgG (H+L) (711-065-152) secondary antibody followed by HRP-conjugated streptavidin (016-030-084):
(Left) At 4 weeks post-transplantation, no GFP signal could be detected in the in vivo specimens.
(Right) GFP-producing cells were visualized by brown staining in the positive control; signal was visualized using the chromogenic substrate 3,3' diaminobenzidine (DAB). Nuclei were counter-stained with hematoxylin.