Actin protein (rhodamine): human platelet

Actin protein (rhodamine): human platelet

Product Uses Include

  • In vivo actin polymerization studies (micro-injection into non-muscle cells)
  • In vitro motility studies using fluorescent F-actin and non-muscle myosins

Non-muscle actin purified from human platelets (Cat. # APHL99) has been modified to contain covalently linked rhodamine at random surface lysine residues. An activated ester of rhodamine is used to label the protein. The labeling stoichiometry has been determined to be 0.4 dyes per actin monomer. Rhodamine non-muscle actin has an approximate molecular weight of 43 kDa. Rhodamine non-muscle actin is supplied as a pink lyophilized powder. The lyophilized protein is stable for 6 months wh en stored desiccated to <10% humidity at 4°C. The protein should be reconstituted to 10 mg/ml with distilled water, it will then be in the following buffer: 5 mM Tris-HCl pH 8.0, 0.2 mM CaCl2, 0.2 mM ATP, 5% sucrose, and 1% dextran.

Rhodamine actin from a muscle source is also available (Cat. # AR05).

Live CHO cell injected with rhodamine beta-actin.

CHO cell micro-injected with rhodamine non-muscle actin (Cat. # APHR). Dr. R. Goldman's Lab (Northwestern University, USA)

Protein purity is determined by scanning densitometry of Coomassie Blue stained protein on a 12% polyacrylamide gel. APHR rhodamine non-muscle actin is >99% pure (see Figure 1). No free dye is detectable in the final product


Figure 1. Rhodamine Non-Muscle Actin Protein Purity Determination. A 100 µg sample of rhodamine non-muscle actin (molecular weight approx. 43 kDa) was separated by electrophoresis in a 12% SDS-PAGE system, and stained with Coomassie Blue. Minor protein bands present at 86 and 120 kDa are dimers and trimers of rhodamine actin respectively, and constitute <1% of the total protein. Protein quantitation was performed with the Precision Red Protein Assay Reagent (Cat. # ADV02).

Biological activity
The biological activity of rhodamine non-muscle actin is determined by its ability to efficiently polymerize into filaments in vitro and separate from unpolymerized components in a spin down assay. Stringent quality control ensures that >80% of the labeled non-muscle actin polymerizes in this assay, which is comparable to the unconjugated protein (APHL99)

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Idrissi, F. Z., Wolf, B. L. and Geli, M. I. (2002). Cofilin, but not profilin, is required for myosin-I-induced actin polymerization and the endocytic uptake in yeast. Mol. Biol. Cell 13, 4074-4087.

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Question 1:  What is the best way to store actin proteins to insure maximum stability and shelf-life?

Answer 1:  Cytoskeleton provides all actin proteins as lyophilized powders so that they can be shipped at room temperature.  Upon receipt, the lyophilized powders should be stored at 4°C in a sealed container with desiccant.  It is important to monitor the freshness of the desiccant and insure that it continues to absorb moisture to protect the lyophilized actins.  With proper storage, lyophilized actin is guaranteed to be stable for 6 months.  Alternatively, actin can be immediately resuspended at the concentration recommended, aliquoted, snap-frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored at -70°C.  When thawing frozen aliquots, it is important to thaw rapidly in a room temperature water bath.


Question 2:  What is the best way to store F-actin after polymerizing?

Answer 2:  G-actin is stable for two days at 4°C and requires a divalent cation, pH 6.5 - 8.0 and ATP for stability.  F-actin is stable and can be stored at 4°C for 1-2 weeks.  F-actin requires ATP (0.2 mM) and Mg2+ (2 mM) for stability and is unstable below pH 6.5 and above pH 8.5.  F-actin is not stable to freezing.  F-actin can be transferred to a variety of buffers (e.g. HEPES, phosphate, etc) without detrimental effects.  We recommend the addition of antibacterial agents such as 100 μg/ml ampicillin and 10 μg/ml chloramphenicol when storing F-actin at 4°C.


Question 3:  What are the appropriate filter settings for visualizing rhodamine signal?

Answer 3:  The excitation filter should be set at 535 nm and the emission filter at 585 nm. 



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