Bovine Serum Albumin

lyophilized powder, ≥96% (agarose gel electrophoresis)

Albumin bovine serum, Bovine albumin, BSA
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Quality Level

biological source



≥96% (agarose gel electrophoresis)


lyophilized powder

mol wt

~66 kDa

purified by

cold ethanol fractionation


poly bottle of


USA origin


ELISA: suitable
blood typing: suitable
microbiological culture: suitable




6.5-7.5 (1% in 0.15 M sodium chloride)


water: soluble (40 mg/ml)

storage temp.


Gene Information

bovine ... ALB(280717)

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Bovine serum albumin has been used-
  • along with BTS (Beltsville thawing solution), for the extension of sperms during sperm motion analysis
  • as a component of modified Krebs-Ringer buffer (dmKRBT)
  • in gel shift analysis


10, 50, 100, 500 g in poly bottle
1, 5 kg in poly drum

Biochem/physiol Actions

Certain conformational and primary-sequence epitopes of BSA are suspected allergens in human beef and milk allergies.

Preparation Note

Often referred to as Cohn fraction V; this product is prepared by a modified method of the Cohn cold ethanol fractionation method.
Serum albumin may be referred to as Fraction V. This naming convention is taken from the original Cohn method of fractionating serum proteins using cold ethanol precipitation. Serum albumin was found in the fifth ethanol fraction using Cohn′s method. Since then, the term "Fraction V" has been used by some to describe serum albumin regardless of the method of preparation. Others have used this term to describe serum albumin purified by ethanol fractionation methods that have been highly modified since the original Cohn method was described. Sigma-Aldrich manufactures and distributes serum albumins purified from a variety of primary methods including the true Cohn fractionation method, modified ethanol fractionation methods, heat shock and chromatography. Additional purification steps may include crystallization or charcoal filtration.

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves


NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

  1. Is Product A2153, Albumin from bovine serum (BSA), suitable for use in ELISA?

    We have not tested A2153 in quality control for use in ELISA applications. Because it contains globulins, we would generally not recommend A2153 for use in ELISA.

  2. Is Product A2153, Albumin from bovine serum (BSA), suitable for use in immunoblotting experiments as a blocking agent?

    We have not tested A2153 in quality control for use in immunoblotting applications as a blocking agent. Because it contains globulins, we would generally not recommend A2153 for use as a blocking agent.

  3. Product A2153, Albumin from bovine serum (BSA), powder looks tan in color.  Is this OK?

    The tan color is within specifications. The color can vary because of factors such as concentration of a solution at the time of lyophilization.

  4. Is Product A2153, Albumin from bovine serum (BSA), suitable for cell culture?

    We do not test A2153 for cell culture use, or for any specifications such as endotoxin content. Customers will have to exercise their own judgment as to whether they wish to use A2153 in cell culture, or can search the literature for publications that cite this product number.

  5. Which document(s) contains shelf-life or expiration date information for a given product?

    If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis.

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    The lot specific COA document can be found by entering the lot number above under the "Documents" section.

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