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Guinea pig Anti-proNGF Antibody

Nerve growth factor precursor

Cat #: ANT-005-GP (formerly AGP-031)
Alternative Name Nerve growth factor precursor
Lyophilized Powder yes
Type: Polyclonal
Host: Guinea pig
Reactivity: h, m, r
  • Peptide (C)SPRVLFSTQPPPTSSDTLDLD, corresponding to amino acid residues 84-104 of rat NGF (precursor) (Accession P25427). Pro-domain of the NGF protein.
Accession (Uniprot) Number P25427
Gene ID 310738
Peptide confirmation Confirmed by amino acid analysis and mass spectrometry.
Homology Mouse - identical; human - 16/21 amino acid residues identical.
RRID AB_2756606.
Purity Affinity purified on immobilized antigen.
Form Lyophilized powder. Reconstituted antibody contains phosphate buffered saline (PBS), pH 7.4, 1% BSA, 0.05% NaN3.
Isotype Guinea pig total IgG.
Specificity The antibody is specific for proNGF; it does not crossreact with proBDNF, proNT-3 or mature NGF.
Storage before reconstitution The antibody ships as a lyophilized powder at room temperature. Upon arrival, it should be stored at -20°C.
Reconstitution 25 µl, 50 µl or 0.2 ml double distilled water (DDW), depending on the sample size.
Antibody concentration after reconstitution 0.8 mg/ml.
Storage after reconstitution The reconstituted solution can be stored at 4°C for up to 1 week. For longer periods, small aliquots should be stored at -20°C. Avoid multiple freezing and thawing. Centrifuge all antibody preparations before use (10000 x g 5 min).
Standard quality control of each lot Western blot analysis.
Applications: if, ih, wb
May also work in: cbe*, ic*, ip*
Western blot
  • Expression of proNGF in mouse cortex
    Expression of proNGF in mouse cortex
    Immunohistochemical staining of perfusion-fixed mouse brain frozen sections using Guinea pig Anti-proNGF Antibody (#ANT-005-GP), (1:400), followed by goat-anti-guinea pig-Cy3. proNGF staining (red) appears in the pyramidal layer (arrows). Nuclei were stained with DAPI (blue).
  1. Lessman, V. et al. (2003) Prog. Neurobiol. 69, 341.
  2. Bibel, M. et al. et al. (2000) Genes Dev. 14, 2929.
  3. Lee, R. et al. (2001) Science 294, 1945.
  4. Ibanez, C.F. (2002) Trends Neurosci. 25, 284.
  5. Hasan, W. et al. (2003) J. Neurobiol. 57, 38.
  6. Beattie, M.S. et al. (2002) Neuron 36, 375.
  7. Fahnestock, M. et al. (2001) Mol. Cell. Neurosci. 18, 210.
  8. Lu, B. (2003) Neuron 39, 735.
Scientific background

Neurotrophins are synthesized as pro-forms that can be cleaved either intracellularly to release mature, secreted ligands, or extracellularly by various proteases such as plasmin, furin, PC1/3, PC7, and PACE 4.1,2,5 The immature precursor has a prodomain of 103 amino acids, which was thought to have a role in the folding and sorting of the mature NGF into the various secretion pathways. 

It was recently reported that proNGF, binds p75NTR receptor preferentially over TrkA, and this selective binding of proNGF to p75NTR  leads to apoptotic death of cells that express both TrkA and p75NTR. However, mature NGF binds and activates both receptors, with resulting promotion of cell survival due to the TrkA-mediated survival signal overriding p75NTR -mediated apoptotic signal.3,4 

Since pro- and mature neurotrophins seem to elicit opposite functional effects, by differential interactions with Trks and p75NTR receptors, extracellular cleavage represents a new way to control the synaptic functions of neurotrophins.

It was demonstrated that proNGF from injured spinal cord extracts, is active and induce apoptosis among oligodendrocytes, and apoptosis can be blocked by a proNGF-specific antibody.6  

Finally, proNGF was demonstrated as the predominant form in mouse, rat, and human brain tissue, thyroid, hippocampus, thus suggesting a role for proNGF in vivo.5,7,8

Application key:

CBE- Cell-based ELISA, FC- Flow cytometry, ICC- Immunocytochemistry, IE- Indirect ELISA, IF- Immunofluorescence, IFC- Indirect flow cytometry, IHC- Immunohistochemistry, IP- Immunoprecipitation, LCI- Live cell imaging, N- Neutralization, WB- Western blot

Species reactivity key:

H- Human, M- Mouse, R- Rat
Image & Title:

Guinea pig Anti-proNGF AntibodyMultiplex staining of proNGF and Cannabinoid Receptor 1 in mouse hippocampal dentate gyrusImmunohistochemical staining of immersion-fixed, free floating mouse brain frozen sections using Guinea pig Anti-proNGF Antibody (#ANT-005-GP), (1:300) and rabbit Anti-Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (extracellular) Antibody (#ACR-001), (1:300). A. proNGF staining (red) appears in the dentate gyrus (DG) granule layer (G) and in hilar interneurons (arrows). B. CB1R staining (green) appears in axonal processes surrounding the granule layer and a few hilar interneurons (arrows). C. Merge of the two images reveals co-localization of proNGF and CB1R in a few hilar cells. Cell nuclei were stained with DAPI (blue).

Last update: 08/01/2023

Alomone Labs is pleased to offer a highly specific antibody directed against rat proNGF. Guinea pig Anti-proNGF Antibody (#ANT-005-GP) can be used in western blot and immunohistochemistry applications. Anti-proNGF Antibody raised in guinea pig recognizes the same epitope as Anti-proNGF Antibody (#ANT-005) raised in rabbit. The antibody specifically reacts with proNGF and does not crossreact with proBDNF, proNT-3 or mature NGF. It has been designed to recognize proNGF from mouse, rat and human samples. Our line of guinea pig antibodies enables more flexibility with our products such as multiplex staining studies, immunoprecipitation, etc.

Related products for neutralizing proNGF activity:
Mouse NGF/proNGF Neutralizing Antibody (#ALM-006) can be used in indirect ELISA and neutralization assays to block the biological effects of both NGF and proNGF.

For research purposes only, not for human use



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