Storage and Handling Instructions
For research use only.
Shipping: shipped on dry ice
Storage Conditions: store at -80˚C immediately
Form: clear aqueous solution
Molecular Weight: ~110 kDa
Purity: >99% (SDS-PAGE)
Concentration: 20 mg/ml
Buffer Conditions: 80 mM PIPES, 1 mM EGTA, and 1 mM MgCl2 (pH 6.8)
Shelf Life: check product label for expiration date
Tubulin is a labile molecule that loses activity within hours of being thawed. When handling Cycled Tubulin™, it is strongly recommended to follow the instructions detailed herein. Even perceived slight differences in handling can have a significant impact on product quality.
- store at -80°C
- avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles, refreeze in liquid Nitrogen if required
- thaw only when ready to use at 37°C followed by immediate placement on ice
- perform clarifying spin to remove protein aggregates
- visit our protocols page for common microtubule polymerization protocols
Immediately transfer Cycled Tubulin™ to -80°C upon receipt. Thaw only when ready to use by placing briefly in a 37°C water bath. Once the tubulin protein is approximately halfway thawed, remove from the water bath and thaw to completion with gentle flicking. Immediately place thawed tubulin protein on ice and continue to work on ice.
It is highly recommended to clarify the tubulin protein after thawing to remove any protein aggregates. Centrifuge the tubulin protein at 90k rpm for 5 minutes at 4°C in an ultracentrifuge rotor (i.e. TLA 100) and recover the supernatant on ice. The tubulin protein is now ready for experimental use.
While repeated freeze/thaw cycles should be avoided, Cycled Tubulin™ can be aliquoted into smaller experimental batches with only minor loss of activity. Follow the instructions above to thaw and clarify the tubulin protein. Working on ice, aliquot the tubulin protein into experimental batches not less than 5 ul in volume. Flash freeze the experimental aliquots in liquid Nitrogen and store at -80˚C. Note that it is not recommended to dilute tubulin protein prior to refreezing.
Activity and Applications
Cycled Tubulin™ will polymerize into microtubules when supplemented with GTP, warmed to 37˚C, and kept above its critical concentration. Polymerization activity is detectable in a variety of experimental systems including fluorescence microscopy assays, turbidity assays, and GTPase assays. Cycled Tubulin™ is suitable for use in a variety of cell-free experimental applications, and can be combined with fluorescent or biotinylated tubulin proteins in generating microtubules in vitro. Visit our protocols page for more information.