2-AB Labeling Kits
2-AB (2-aminobenzamide) is one of the most widely used fluorescent labels for glycosylation analysis. The LudgerTag 2-AB Labeling Kit includes all the reagents required to label up to 30 glycans samples.
Two kits are available which differ in the type of reductant supplied: sodium cyanoborohydride or non-toxic 2-picoline borane.
Part Number Reductant
LT-KAB-A2 Sodium Cyanoborohydride – 24 samples
LT-KAB-VP24 2-Picoline Borane – 24 samples
LT-KAB-VP96 2-Picoline Borane – 96 samples
Photo Guide of the Procedure
View LT-KAB-A2 product documentation/sds as PDF
View LT-KAB-VP26 product documentation/sds as PDF
View Certificate of Analysis as PDF
Traditional 2-AA and 2-AB labelling kits use sodium cyanoborohydride as a reducing agent during glycan labeling. This reagent is toxic so a fume cupboard should be used during handling. To conform with emerging health and safety regulations we are now replacing these with our new VP glycan kits that use picoline borane which is a significantly safer reductant.
The 2-AB labeling kit contains two sets of the following reagents (15 samples per kit) supplied in glass ampoules sealed under pure nitrogen:
2-Aminobenzamide (2-AB dye)
Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)
2-Aminobenzamide (2-AB dye)
Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) / Acetic acid solution
View 2-picoline borane validation and safety information as a pdf
Number of Samples One 2-AB labeling kit contains reagents to label up to 30 separate analytical samples per kit
Dye purity >99% by HPLC
Molecular weight 137
Lambda-ex 250 nm
Lambda-em 428 nm
Amount of Sample From 25 pmol up to 25 nmol glycans per sample.
Suitable Samples Any purified glycans with free reducing termini can be labeled.
Structural Integrity No detectable (< 2 mole per cent) loss of sialic acid, fucose, sulfate, or phosphate.
Labeling Efficiency Typically > 85 % (dependent on sample).
Labeling Selectivity Essentially stoichiometric labeling.
1. Purify the glycan: LudgerClean EB10 cartidges (LC-EB10-A6) have been designed for purification of glycans from proteins, salts, and detergents.
2. Transfer sample to reaction vial: The amount of sample should be in the range 100 picomoles – 50 nanomoles for a glycan pool obtained from a typical glycoprotein. With a single pure glycan as little as 5 picomoles can be labeled and detected in subsequent HPLC analysis. Suitable reaction vials include small polypropylene microcentrifuge tubes and tubes for PCR work.
3. Dry the samples: Dry down the samples if the volume of the sample exceeds 10 μL.
If the samples need to be dried down then this should be done using a centrifugal evaporator. If this is not possible then freeze drying (lyophilization) can be used with caution (in particular, ensure that the sample dries to a small, compact mass at the very bottom of the vial). Do not subject samples to high temperatures (>28°C) or extremes of pH as these conditions will result in acid catalysed loss of sialic acids (high temperatures, low pH) or epimerization of the glycan reducing terminus (at high pH).
Once the samples are dry then redissolve the glycans in 10 μL of water.
4. (LT-KAB-A2 only) Prepare a DMSO-acetic acid mixture: Add 150 μL glacial acetic acid to the vial of DMSO and mix by pipette action.
5. Add the dye: Add the DMSO-acetic acid mixture to a vial of the 2-AB (2-Aminobenzamide Acid) dye and mix until the dye is dissolved.
6. Add the reductant: Add the dissolved dye to a vial of sodium cyanoborohydride or picoline borane and mix by pipette action until the reductant is completely dissolved to make the final labeling reagent.
7. Add labeling reagent to samples: Add labeling reagent to each dried glycan sample, cap the microtube, mix thoroughly.
8. Incubate: Place the reaction vials in a heating block, sand tray, or dry oven set at 65°C and incubate for 3 hours. In most cases, the incubation time can be shortened to 2 hours or extended up to 4 hours without significantly changing the outcome of the labeling reaction.
9. Centrifuge and cool: After the incubation period remove the samples, centrifuge the microtubes briefly, then allow them to cool completely to room temperature.
10. Sample Cleanup: Post-labeling sample cleanup is recommended to remove excess dye and other labeling reagents. Cleanup can be achieved using LudgerClean T1 cartridges (LC-T1-A6) or S cartridges (LC-S-A6)
2-AB Labeling References
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Bigge JC, Patel TP, Bruce JA, Goulding PN, Charles SM, Parekh RB. Nonselective and efficient fluorescent labeling of glycans using 2-amino benzamide and anthranilic acid. Anal Biochem 230: 229-238(1995)
Guile, G.R.; Rudd, P.M.; Wing, D.R.; Prime, S.B.; Dwek, R.A. A rapid and high-resolution high-performance liquid chromatographic method for separating glycan mixtures and analyzing oligosaccharide profiles. Analytical Biochemistry 240: 210-226(1996)
Hardy, M.R. ‘Glycan labeling with the fluorophores 2-aminobenzamide and anthranilic acid’ in ‘Techniques in Glycobiology’, edited by Townsend, R.R and Hotchkiss, A.T.. Marcel Dekker Inc, New York (1997)