Dyes for Your Near-Infrared Imaging Needs
Assays that use IRDye® 800CW conjugates (such as in vivo imaging and cell binding assays) may require a "dye-only" control for potential effects or retention of the dye.
Carboxylate (non-reactive) form of IRDye 800CW is an ideal control.
Note: The carboxylate dye has no reactive group and cannot be used for labeling.
In vitro cell-based assays
As a control for cell-based assays that monitor binding of a dye-labeled agent.
Validation of optical agents for in vivo administration
Evaluation of binding specificity
In vivo imaging
For evaluation of behavior and clearance of the dye itself
Timing of dye clearance from the animal's body
Retention of dye in certain organs or sites (e.g., liver or kidneys)
Labeling Reaction Reference
As a standard to determine the amount of unreacted ("free") dye after IRDye 800CW conjugation and purification.
Residual unreacted dye may cause:
Artificially high values when dye/protein (D/P) ratio is calculated
Increased background fluorescence in biological assays