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Cholera Toxin B subunit

≥95% (SDS-PAGE), lyophilized powder

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≥95% (SDS-PAGE)


lyophilized powder

mol wt

~12 kDa


Protein, ~5% Lowry


≤0.5% Cholera toxin A subunit (SDS-PAGE)


H2O: 10 mg/mL

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General description

Cholera Toxin is a heterohexameric AB5 enterotoxin. Cholera Toxin B subunit is the the B subunit pentamer of cholera toxin produced by Vibrio cholera. It is generally involved in the cell trafficking and signalling machineries.


Cholera Toxin B subunit has been used:
  • for macrophage stimulation and i.p. injection in a study to determine the endotoxin sensitivity of Caspase-4.
  • in transganglionic and retrograde tract-tracing method combined with dual-immunofluorescence histochemistry of adult rat Vmes neuron cells.

Biochem/physiol Actions

The cholera toxin B subunit is used for track tracing in neurological research, taking advantage of GM1 ganglioside binding and retrograde transport. Tissue culture cells treated with cholera toxin are not killed and tissues of animals do not become necrotic.

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Physical form

Lyophilized powder containing Tris buffer salts, sodium chloride, sodium azide, and sodium EDTA.


When reconstituted with water to a final concentration of 1 mg of CTB per ml, the solution will contain 0.05 M Tris buffer, pH 7.5, 0.2 M NaCl, 3 mM NaN3 and 1 mM sodium EDTA.

Analysis Note

Activity measured by ELISA using ganglioside GM1-coated multiwell plates, rabbit anti-Cholera toxin B subunit antibodies, and peroxidase-labeled goat anti-rabbit IgG as the secondary antibody. 50% saturation of binding was achieved with 0.05-1 μg of Cholera toxin B subunit per mL.


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Hazard Statements

Hazard Classifications

Acute Tox. 4 Dermal - Acute Tox. 4 Inhalation - Aquatic Chronic 3

Storage Class Code

11 - Combustible Solids

WGK Germany


Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

R G Zhang et al.
Journal of molecular biology, 251(4), 550-562 (1995-08-25)
Cholera toxin, a heterohexameric AB5 enterotoxin released by Vibrio cholera, induces a profuse secretory diarrhea in susceptible hosts. Choleragenoid, the B subunit pentamer of cholera toxin, directs the enzymatic A subunit to its target by binding the GM1 gangliosides exposed...
Lolke De Haan et al.
Molecular membrane biology, 21(2), 77-92 (2004-06-19)
Cholera toxin (Ctx) from Vibrio cholerae and its closely related homologue, heat-labile enterotoxin (Etx) from Escherichia coli have become superb tools for illuminating pathways of cellular trafficking and immune cell function. These bacterial protein toxins should be viewed as conglomerates...
Jung Won Youm et al.
FEBS letters, 579(30), 6737-6744 (2005-11-29)
Beta amyloid (Abeta) is believed one of the major pathogens of Alzheimer's disease (AD), and the reduction of Abeta is considered a primary therapeutic target. Immunization with Abeta can reduce Abeta burden and pathological features in transgenic AD model mice....
Stefan Achtsnicht et al.
PloS one, 14(7), e0219356-e0219356 (2019-07-06)
Cholera is a life-threatening disease caused by the cholera toxin (CT) as produced by some Vibrio cholerae serogroups. In this research we present a method which directly detects the toxin's B subunit (CTB) in drinking water. For this purpose we...
Denis A Kleymenov et al.
Frontiers in microbiology, 8, 2341-2341 (2017-12-15)
Environmental or city-scale bioaerosol surveillance can provide additional value for biodefense and public health. Efficient bioaerosol monitoring should rely on multiplex systems capable of detecting a wide range of biologically hazardous components potentially present in air (bacteria, viruses, toxins and...

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