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Bio-Rad Stain-Free western blotting is a streamlined approach to getting better western blotting results. Stain-Free technology adds speed and enables quality assessment at each step of a western blotting experiment — from running gels to quantitating proteins. In addition to the ability for total protein normalization (TPN) without the need to perform extra staining steps; this technology empowers researchers to achieve faster results and better data.
Stain-Free technology is superior to conventional western blotting methods as it allows users to:
- Visualize gels minutes after electrophoresis
- Perform quality assessments at each step without the need for additional staining and destaining
- Increase accuracy and produce reliable quantitative results via total protein normalization
Stain-Free Western Blotting Workflow
Speed with flexibility: TGX Stain-Free Gel chemistry available in precast and handcast formats
Visualize Protein Separation
Coomassie-like performance with no background variability and no staining/destaining
- Fast, efficient, and uniform protein transfer
- Throughput: transfer 4 mini or 2 midi gels at once
- Convenience: choose from ready-to-use transfer packs (nitrocellulose or PVDF)
Assess Transfer Efficiency
Quickly verify quality of transfer by imaging gel post transfer
Faster Blocking, Antibody Incubation, and Blot Detection Workflow:
A workflow that enables five-minute blocking, antibody incubation, and blot detection within approximately 4 hours — faster than traditional methods!
EveryBlot Blocking Buffer
Enables 5-minute blocking and maximum sensitivity for all western blots.
PrecisionAb Validated Western Blotting Antibodies
Highly specific and sensitive primary antibodies that have been extensively validated for western blotting.
StarBright Blue Fluorescent Secondary Antibody
Ultra-sensitive fluorescence detection with very low background of single or multiple proteins in one blot without stripping or reprobing.
Normalize Total Protein and Analyze Western Blot Data
Use western blot validated, highly specific PrecisionAb Primary Antibodies and our StarBright Blue Fluorescent Secondary Antibodies to detect multiple targets on the same blot.
Benefits of using Stain-Free blot image as total protein loading control
- Eliminates the need to strip then reprobe, and cut the blot
- More precise normalization methods compared to traditional methods which use a single housekeeping protein
- Produces reliable and accurate quantitation
Total Protein Normalization
Bio-Rad’s Stain-Free western blotting provides a practical, convenient, and reliable way to perform total protein normalization. Stain-Free labeled proteins can be visualized in gels 1 minute after gel electrophoresis. Stain-Free blot visualization and image acquisition require only a few seconds using a stain-free enabled imager. This technology makes it easy for researchers to adopt total protein loading control for western blotting.
Total protein normalization using Stain-Free technology
- Enables total protein in load sample to be measured
- Eliminates immuno-blotting interference associated with HKP
- Accounts for variations during loading, electrophoresis, and transfer
Why is Stain-Free Total Protein Normalization Superior over Other Methods?
The use of traditional total protein stains can hinder downstream visualization of a western blot, usually requiring repetitive staining and detaining steps which is one of the obstacles preventing wider adaptation of TPN. The unique characteristics of Stain-Free technology makes imaging of total protein a much better method for quantitative western blotting.
Total Protein normalization using Stain-Free technology consistently delivers scalar linear response across a wider dynamic range.
Stain-Free technology allows scientists to visualize strong total protein signals with low background on their gels and blots that would otherwise not be possible without additional staining steps thus, improving overall dynamic range without the need to perform extra staining and destaining steps.
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Mini-PROTEAN Tetra Vertical Electrophoresis Cell for Mini Precast Gels, 4-gel #1658004
4-gel vertical electrophoresis system, includes electrode assembly, companion running module, tank, lid with power cables, mini cell buffer damOrder Now
Criterion Cell #1656001
Vertical midi-format electrophoresis cell, includes buffer tank, lid with power cables, 3 sample loading guides (12+2-well, 18-well, and 26-well)Order Now
Trans-Blot Turbo Transfer System #1704150
Blotting instrument, includes base, 2 cassettes to hold 1–2 midi or up to 4 mini blotting sandwiches, blot rollerOrder Now
ChemiDoc Imaging System #12003153
The ChemiDoc Imaging System allows sensitive imaging and documentation of DNA/protein gels and chemiluminescent western blotsOrder Now
ChemiDoc MP Imaging System #12003154
The ChemiDoc MP Imaging System is a full-feature, best-in-class instrument for imaging and quantifying nucleic acid and protein in gels and western blots. It is capable of imaging fluorescent western blots (RGB, far-red, near-IR), chemiluminescent western blots, all common nucleic acid and protein gel stains, plus stain-free gels. Includes internal computer, 12" touch-screen display, camera, Image Lab Touch Software, and Image Lab SoftwareOrder Now
Precision Plus Protein All Blue Prestained Protein Standards #1610373
500 µl, mixture of ten blue-stained recombinant proteins (10–250 kD), including three reference bands (25, 50, 75 kD), 50 applicationsOrder Now
Precision Plus Protein Unstained Protein Standards, Strep-tagged recombinant, 1 ml #1610363
Precision Plus Protein Unstained Protein Standards, Strep-tagged recombinant, 1 ml>1 ml, unstained mixture of ten Strep-tagged, recombinant proteins (10–250 kD), including three reference bands (25, 50, 75 kD), 100 applicationsOrder Now
2x Laemmli Sample Buffer #610737
30 ml, premixed protein sample buffer for SDS-PAGEOrder Now
10x Tris/Glycine/SDS #1610732
Pkg of 1, 1 L, 10x premixed electrophoresis buffer, contains 25 mM Tris, 192 mM glycine, 0.1% SDS, pH 8.3 following dilution to 1x with waterOrder Now
Trans-Blot Turbo Mini 0.2 µm PVDF Transfer Packs #1704156
Pkg of 10, 7 x 8.5 cm, precut blotting transfer pack, includes filter paper, buffer, 0.2 µm PVDF membrane, for use with Trans-Blot Turbo Transfer SystemOrder Now
Trans-Blot Turbo Midi 0.2 µm PVDF Transfer Packs #1704157
Pkg of 10, 8.5 x 13.5 cm, precut blotting transfer pack, includes filter paper, buffer, 0.2 µm PVDF membrane, for use with Trans-Blot Turbo Transfer SystemOrder Now
Trans-Blot Turbo Mini 0.2 µm Nitrocellulose Transfer Packs #1704158
Pkg of 10, 7 x 8.5 cm, precut blotting transfer pack, includes filter paper, buffer, 0.2 µm nitrocellulose membrane, for use with Trans-Blot Turbo Transfer SystemOrder Now
Trans-Blot Turbo Midi 0.2 µm Nitrocellulose Transfer Packs #1704159
Pkg of 10, 8.5 x 13.5 cm, precut blotting transfer pack, includes filter paper, buffer, 0.2 µm nitrocellulose membrane, for use with Trans-Blot Turbo Transfer SystemOrder Now
Immun-Blot Low Fluorescence PVDF/Filter Paper Sets #1620260
Pkg of 10, 0.45 µm, 7 x 8.5 cm, precut low fluorescence PVDF/filter paper for immunoblottingOrder Now
Immun-Blot Low Fluorescence PVDF/Filter Paper Sets #1620261
Pkg of 20, 0.45 µm, 7 x 8.5 cm, precut low fluorescence PVDF/filter paper for immunoblottingOrder Now
Immun-Blot Low Fluorescence PVDF/Filter Paper Sets #1620262
Pkg of 10, 0.45 µm, 8.5 x 13.5 cm, precut low fluorescence PVDF/filter paper for immunoblottingOrder Now
Immun-Blot Low Fluorescence PVDF/Filter Paper Sets #1620263
Pkg of 20, 0.45 µm, 8.5 x 13.5 cm, precut low fluorescence PVDF/filter paper for immunoblottingOrder Now
Clarity Western ECL Substrate, 200 ml #1705060
Pkg of 1, contains 100 ml Clarity Western Peroxide Reagent and 100 ml Clarity Western Luminol/Enhancer ReagentOrder Now
Clarity Western ECL Substrate, 500 ml #1705061
Pkg of 1, contains 250 ml Clarity Western Peroxide Reagent and 250 ml Clarity Western Luminol/Enhancer ReagentOrder Now
Clarity Max Western ECL Substrate, 100 ml #1705062
Pkg of 1, contains 50 ml Clarity Max Western Peroxide Reagent and 50 ml Clarity Max Luminol/Enhancer ReagentOrder Now
Mini-PROTEAN TGX Stain-Free Precast Gels
Based on the long-shelf-life TGX (Tris-Glycine eXtended) formulation and include unique trihalo compounds that allow rapid fluorescent detection of proteins with the ChemiDoc MP and GelDoc Go Imaging Systems.Order Now
Criterion TGX Stain-Free Precast Gels
Based on the long shelf life TGX formulation and include unique trihalo compounds that allow rapid fluorescent detection of proteins with the ChemiDoc MP and GelDoc Go Imaging Systems.Order Now
PrecisionAb Validated Western Blotting Antibodies
Collection of highly specific and sensitive primary antibodies (monoclonal and polyclonal) that have been extensively validated for western blotting.Find Your PrecisionAb Antibodies
hFAB Rhodamine Housekeeping Protein Fluorescent Primary Antibodies
One-step detection of common housekeeping proteins like actin, tubulin, and GAPDH in your samples. These anti-actin, anti-tubulin, and anti-GAPDH antibodies are directly labeled with a rhodamine derivative (Exmax/Emmax = 530 nm/580 nm).Order Now
StarBright Blue Fluorescent Secondary Antibody
Conjugated to a high-yield fluorophore, for ultra-sensitive fluorescence detection with very low background of single or multiple proteins in one blot without stripping or reprobing.Order Now
Stain-Free Western Blotting with ChemiDoc MP Imaging System
Stain-Free Approach for Western Blotting
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A Defined Methodology for Reliable Quantification of Western Blot Data
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Trends in Protein Separation and Analysis — the Advance of Stain-Free Technology
Western Blot Normalization Using Image Lab Software
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Determining the Appropriate Sample Load When Using a Stain-Free Western Workflow
Validating the Expression Consistency of a Housekeeping Protein
Western Blotting Protocol Library
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Applications & Technologies
Stain-Free Imaging Technology
Visualize proteins on gels and blots without staining and destaining steps, and use total protein normalization for quantitative western blots.
Western Blotting Techniques
Learn more about western blotting techniques. Find step-by-step protocols and helpful tips on equipment, membranes, transfer conditions, and detection methods.
Protein Separation and Analysis
Bio-Rad's Stain-Free Western Blotting Workflow facilitates speed and validation at each step of a western blotting experiment — from running gels to quantifying proteins.
Find protocols, video tutorials, and selection guides to help you at every step of your electrophoresis experiments.
Imaging and Analysis
Find information on protein visualization and quantitation methods, gel and blot imaging instrumentation, and image analysis software.
Gel Documentation Systems
Automated gel imaging and documentation for research laboratories and cGMP manufacturing environments.
Find the right Bio-Rad protein gel for your application. Choose SDS-PAGE and native PAGE gels, convert to TGX Precast Gels, or choose specialized gel chemistries.
Image Lab Software
Image acquisition and analysis software for Bio-Rad Gel Doc, ChemiDoc, and GS-900 Systems. Capture and analyze digital image data from electrophoresis gels and blots.
Protein Ladders and Standards (Markers)
Prestained and unstained molecular weight standards for protein electrophoresis applications including SDS-PAGE, western blotting, 2-D PAGE, and isoelectric focusing (IEF).
Stains to visualize and quantify protein bands on gels and blots: Coomassie stains, highly sensitive fluorescent stains, silver stains, negative stains, and total protein blot stains.
Clarity family of Western ECL Substrates provides simple, high-performance solutions for all your western chemiluminescence needs.