Detection of Human RBP4/Retinol‑Binding Protein 4 by Western Blot. Western blot shows lysates of human liver tissue, and human serum. PVDF membrane was probed with 0.1 µg/mL of Rat Anti-Human/Mouse RBP4/Retinol‑Binding Protein 4 Monoclonal Antibody (Catalog # MAB34762) followed by HRP-conjugated Anti-Rat IgG Secondary Antibody (Catalog # HAF005). A specific band was detected for RBP4/Retinol‑Binding Protein 4 at approximately 22 kDa (as indicated). This experiment was conducted under reducing conditions and using Immunoblot Buffer Group 1.
Preparation and Storage
Reconstitute at 0.5 mg/mL in sterile PBS.
The product is shipped at ambient temperature. Upon receipt, store it immediately at the temperature recommended below. *Small pack size (SP) is shipped with polar packs. Upon receipt, store it immediately at -20 to -70 °C
Stability & Storage
Use a manual defrost freezer and avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles.
12 months from date of receipt, -20 to -70 °C as supplied.
1 month, 2 to 8 °C under sterile conditions after reconstitution.
6 months, -20 to -70 °C under sterile conditions after reconstitution.
Background: RBP4/Retinol-Binding Protein 4
Retinol (also known as vitamin A) is unstable and insoluble in the aqueous solution. However, retinol becomes quite stable and soluble in plasma due to its tight interaction with Retinol-binding Protein 4 (RBP4), also known as Plasma Retinol-binding Protein (1‑3). A prototypic member of the lipocalin superfamily, RBP4 has a beta ‑barrel structure with a well-defined cavity. It is secreted from the liver, a process requiring the availability of retinol. RBP4 delivers retinol from the liver to the peripheral tissues. In plasma, the RBP4-retinol complex interacts with transthyretin (TTR), also known as thyroxine-binding protein and prealbumin. The retinol-RBP4-TTR complex prevents the loss of RBP4 by filtration through the kidney and increases the stability of the retinol-RBP4 complex. Defects in RBP4 cause retinol-binding protein deficiency, which affects night vision. Serum RBP4 levels are elevated in insulin-resistant mice and humans with obesity and type 2 diabetes, implying that RBP4, an adipocyte-derived signal, may be a biomarker and a drug target for the two diseases. The amino acid sequence of mouse RBP4 is 99%, 86%, 83% and 75% identical to that of rat, human/chimpanzee, dog and chicken.
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Newcomer, M.E. and D.E. Ong (2000) Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1482:57.
Yang, Q. et al. (2005) Nature 436:356.
Entrez Gene IDs:
5950 (Human); 19662 (Mouse); 25703 (Rat)
interstitial; Plasma retinol-binding protein; RBP4; retinol binding protein 4, plasma; RetinolBinding Protein 4; retinol-binding protein 4, plasma
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