Environmental stewardship is important to R&D Systems and its employees. R&D Systems is ISO 14001:2015 Certified and as part of this we are continuously reviewing our sustainability practices and "green" options. First and foremost, the energy expended to ship back the styrofoam box is more detrimental to the environment than having the facility re-use or recycle it. Our stance is to encourage our customers to implement a recycling program locally. At R&D Systems we have chosen to reduce the use of styrofoam as much as possible by: doing extensive stability testing in order to determine which products can be shipped with minimal packaging at ambient temperatures, converting the use of non-recyclable packaging materials to recyclable plastics, cardboard, or biodegradable materials, and continuing to investigate alternatives to dry ice shipments, the use of re-usable containers, and gel packs that allow for smaller styrofoam containers. Employees were key to initiating a recycling program at our facilities. Internally, we recycle paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum, and glass.
This kit is designed to perform an amplification reaction. It is extremely important not to wash the cells before adding the avidin-FITC reagent. When the Fluorokine is added to the cells, some of it binds to receptors on the cell surface, and some remains as excess in the solution. When the avidin-FITC reagent is added to the reaction, some of it will bind to the biotinylated Fluorokine which has bound to the cell surface receptors. However, since each avidin-FITC molecule has the ability to bind 4 biotin molecules, the avidin-FITC bound to the surface of the cell also binds to some of the excess Fluorokine in the solution, which then binds more avidin-FITC in a cascade of reactions. This amplification reaction does not increase background staining, nor does it compromise the specficity of the reaction. It does mean that Biotinylated Fluorokine kits are less quantitative than flow cytometry performed with a specific antibody, but the benefits are that you can detect very low levels of receptors and you can detect all receptors that bind the biotinylated cytokine provided in the kit.