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Anti-Aquaporin 4 Antibody, CT

Chemicon®, from rabbit

Mercurial-Insensitive Water Channel

biological source


Quality Level

antibody form

affinity isolated antibody

antibody product type

primary antibodies



species reactivity

human, rat, mouse




immunohistochemistry: suitable
western blot: suitable

NCBI accession no.

UniProt accession no.

shipped in

wet ice

Gene Information

human ... AQP4(361)

General description

Water is a critical component of all living cells. Interestingly, tissue membranes show a great degree of water permeability. Mammalian red cells, renal proximal tubules, and descending thin limb of Henle are extraordinarily permeable to water. Water crosses hydrophobic plasma membranes either by simple diffusion or through a facilitative transport mechanism mediated by special proteins "aquaporins". Aquaporins, are integral membrane proteins from a larger family of major intrinsic proteins (MIP) that form pores in the membrane of biological cells. Over the last decade, genes for several members of aquaporin family have been cloned, expressed, and their distribution studied in many tissues. The water-specific channel Aquaporin 4 is located in various tissues including the gastrointestinal tract, kidney and brain. It is an osmoreceptor which regulates body water balance and mediates water flow within the central nervous system. In CNS tissue, AQP4 localizes to astrocyte endfeet making it a useful structural marker.


Recognizes Aquaporin 4 (AQP4, WCH4, Mercurial-Insensitive Water Channel).
Reactivity with other species has not yet been tested. It is expected that the antibody may also react with bovine (71/75) and rabbit (64/75) due to sequence homology.


Epitope: C-terminus
GST fusion protein with residues 249-323 of rat Aquaporin 4 (SwissProt accession number P47863).


Research Sub Category
Ion & Transport Channels
A previous lot of this antibody was used on rat brain sections.
Dilutions should be made using a carrier protein such as BSA (1-3%).

Western blotting:
1:500-1:1,000 using ECL on rat brain membranes.

Optimal working dilutions must be determined by the end user
Research Category
Detect Aquaporin 4 using this Anti-Aquaporin 4 Antibody, C-terminus validated for use in IH & WB.


Routinely evaluated by Western Blot on Mouse Brain lysates.
Western Blot Analysis: 1:500 dilution of this lot detected AQUAPORIN 4 on 10 μg of Mouse Brain lysates.

Target description

38 kDa

Physical form

Purified rabbit polyclonal lyophilized from buffer containing PBS, pH 7.4, containing 1% BSA, and 0.05% sodium azide. Reconstitute with 200 µL of sterile distilled water. Centrifuge antibody preparation before use (10,000 x g for 5 min).
Format: Purified
ImmunoAffinity Purified

Storage and Stability

Stable for up to 6 months at -20ºC from date of receipt. After reconstitution stable at -20ºC in undiluted aliquots for up to 6 months. Avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles.

Analysis Note

Included free of charge with the antibody is 120 µg of control antigen (lyophilized powder). Reconstitute with 100 µL of PBS. For positive control, in Western blot use 20 ng of protein per Minigel lane. For negative control, preincubate 3 µg of purified peptide with 1 µg of antibody for one hour at room temperature. Optimal concentrations must be determined by the end user.

Other Notes

Concentration: Please refer to the Certificate of Analysis for the lot-specific concentration.

Legal Information

CHEMICON is a registered trademark of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany


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Storage Class Code

12 - Non Combustible Liquids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

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Certificate of Quality

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