This product recognizes the SC5b-9 complex of around 330 kDa. Both the classical and alternative complement pathways result in the formation of the cytolysis inducing C5b-9 complex. This complex is composed of 190 kDa C5b which is bound to cells via 71 kDa C9. Sublytic assembly of C5b-9 on plasma membranes induces cell cycle activation and survival. The binding of C5b-9 to the 75 kDa S-protein (or vitronectin) in the fluid phase prevents C5b-9 from assembling on the plasma membrane, deactivating it and forming the SC5b-9 complex. SC5b-9 is stable in vitro and is therefore a reliable indicator of terminal complement pathway activation.
This product has been reprted to work in western blotting applications.
Store at +4 °C or at -20 °C if preferred.
Storage in frost-free freezers is not recommended.
This product should be stored undiluted. Avoid repeated freezing and thawing as this may denature the antibody. Should this product contain a precipitate we recommend microcentrifugation before use.
If stored in this manner, this product is stable for 18 months after receipt.