B6917 Sigma-Aldrich

Bovine Serum Albumin

lyophilized powder, suitable for (for molecular biology), Non-acetylated

Synonym: Albumin bovine serum, BSA, Bovine albumin



Related Categories Albumin, Albumins, Albumins by Application, Biochemicals, Biochemicals and Reagents,
Quality Level   300
biological source   bovine
grade   for molecular biology
form   lyophilized powder
quality   deacetylated
mol wt   ~66 kDa
purified by   heat shock fractionation
packaging   glass bottle of
origin   USA origin
pH   7
solubility   water: soluble (50 mg/ml)
suitability   suitable for (for molecular biology)
foreign activity   Alkaline Phosphatase free
  Alkaline phosphatase and peroxidase, none detected
  DNase free
  DNase, RNase, and protease, none detected
  Peroxidase free
  Protease free
  RNase free
storage temp.   2-8°C
Gene Information   bovine ... ALB(280717)



Select the right albumin for your application with the Albumin Selection Guide

BSA has various uses in molecular biology, notably as an inert protein component to function as a stabilizer for proteins and enzymes of principal activity in solution. In such applications, BSA thus works, for example, to reduce risk of adhesion of the enzyme or other protein of interest to the reaction tube surface/wall or to the pipette surface. Thus during reactions, molecular biology grade BSA allows the enzyme or protein of interest to function properly, with minimal risk to the integrity of the protein or enzyme of interest.


25, 100 mg in glass bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

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

Features and Benefits

This BSA product for molecular biology is tested for the following properties:
* Alkaline Phosphatase-free
* DNase-free / Exonuclease-free
* Nickase-free / Endonuclease-free
* Peroxidase-free
* Protease-free
* RNase-free

Preparation Note

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.

Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

Personal Protective Equipment 
NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 
Flash Point(F) 
Not applicable
Flash Point(C) 
Not applicable


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