Mouse anti SmoothelinCatalog number: MUB1700P
Smoothelin is a constituent of the smooth muscle cell (SMC) cytoskeleton. Antibodies directed to smoothelin are useful tools to monitor SMC differentiation. Smoothelin is exclusively expressed in fully differentiated (contractile) SMCs. RNA and protein analyses revealed a broad species distribution of this protein. Smoothelin has also been detected in smooth-muscle neoplasms. Cells with SMC-like characteristics, such as myofibroblasts and myoepithelial cells, as well as skeletal and cardiac muscle do not contain smoothelin. Confocal scanning laser microscopy of tissue sections and cells in culture show a filamentous organization of smoothelin colocalizing with actin stress fibers. In immunoblots two molecular weight isoforms are detected i.e. a 59 kDa isoform specific for visceral SMC (smoothelin A), and an isoform with a molecular weight of approximately 100 kDa in vascular SMC (smoothelin B). Human smoothelin is encoded by a single copy gene which is loCated on chromosome 22.
R4A is a mouse monoclonal IgG1 antibody derived by fusion of SP2/0-Ag14 mouse myeloma cells with spleen cells from a BALB/c mouse immunized with a cytoskeletal extract of chicken gizzard.
Each vial contains 100 ul 1 mg/ml purified monoclonal antibody in PBS containing 0.09% sodium azide.
R4A reacts with the 59 kDa and 100 kDa protein, corresponding to smoothelin A and B, respectively, which are exclusively found in smooth muscle cells.
R4A is suitable for immunoblotting, immunocytochemistry on permeabilised cells, and and immunohistochemistry on frozen and paraffin-embedded tissues. For staining paraffin-embedded tissues pretreatment in 10 mM citRate buffer (pH 6.0) and heating for 3 times 5 minutes in a microwave is required. Optimal antibody dilution should be determined by titration; recommended range is 1:100 – 1:200 for immunohistochemistry with avidin-biotinylated Horseradish peroxidase complex (ABC) as detection reagent, and 1:100 – 1:1000 for immunoblotting applications.
The antibody may be stored at +4°C. For prolonged storage prepare appropriate aliquots and store at or below -20°C. Prior to use, an aliquot is thawed slowly in the dark at ambient temperature, spun down again and used to prepare working dilutions by adding sterile phosphate buffered saline (PBS, pH 7.2). Repeated thawing and freezing should be avoided. Working dilutions should be stored at +4°C, not refrozen, and preferably used the same day. If a slight precipitation occurs upon storage, this should be removed by centrifugation. It will not affect the performance or the concentration of the product.
Shipping Conditions: The antibody is shipped at ambient temperature.
This product is intended FOR RESEARCH USE ONLY, and FOR TESTS IN VITRO, not for use in diagnostic or therapeutic procedures involving humans or animals. It may contain hazardous ingredients. Please refer to the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for additional information and proper handling procedures. Dispose product remainders according to local regulations.This datasheet is as accurate as reasonably achievable, but Exalpha Biologicals accepts no liability for any inaccuracies or omissions in this information.
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Mouse anti Smoothelin
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Figure 1. Immunohistochemistry of R4A on frozen section of chicken gizzard striated muscle.
Figure 2. Immunohistochemistry of R4A on frozen section of chicken gizzard striated muscle.
Figure 3. Immunohistochemistry of R4A on paraffin section of human smooth muscle.
Figure 4. Smooth muscle cells in swine colon as detected by MUB1700P (R4A; dilution 1:100).
Figure 5. Smooth muscle cells in swine colon as detected by MUB1700P (R4A; dilution 1:100).
Figure 6. Smooth muscle cells in swine colon as detected by MUB1700P (R4A; dilution 1:100).
Figure 7. Indirect immunofluorescence staining of a cultured human fibroblast, showing colocalization of smoothelin (red fluorescence; as detected by MUB1700P, R4A) and actin (green fluorescence).
Figure 8. Immunoblotting results with MUB1700P (R4A) on uterine artery and uterine corpus.
Figure 9. Indirect immunofluorescence staining of smoothelin in human colon smooth muscle cells using MUB1700P (clone R4A) at a dilution of 1:500.