Detection of Mouse Cystatin C by Western Blot. Western blot shows lysates of mouse plasma and RAW 264.7 mouse monocyte/macrophage cell line. PVDF membrane was probed with 1 µg/mL of Goat Anti-Mouse Cystatin C Antigen Affinity-purified Polyclonal Antibody |
(Catalog # AF1238) followed by HRP-conjugated Anti-Goat IgG Secondary Antibody (Catalog # HAF017). A specific band was detected for Cystatin C at approximately 14 kDa (as indicated). This experiment was conducted under reducing conditions and using Immunoblot Buffer Group 1.
|Cystatin C in Mouse Spleen. Cystatin C was detected in immersion fixed frozen sections of mouse spleen using Mouse Cystatin C Antigen Affinity-purified Polyclonal Antibody (Catalog # AF1238) at 15 µg/mL overnight at 4 °C. Tissue was stained using the Anti-Goat HRP-DAB Cell & Tissue Staining Kit (brown; Catalog # CTS008) and counterstained with hematoxylin (blue). Lower panel shows a lack of labeling if primary antibodies are omitted and tissue is stained only with secondary antibody followed by incubation with detection reagents. View our protocol for Chromogenic IHC Staining of Frozen Tissue Sections.|
Cystatin C is a member of family 2 of the cystatin superfamily (1). It is involved in processes such as tumor invasion and metastasis, inflammation and some neurological diseases. It inhibits many cysteine proteases such as papain and cathepsins B, H, K, L and S (2, 3). All mouse tissues analyzed expressed Cystatin C, with relative levels similar to those of rat and human tissues. For all three species, brain and liver had the highest and lowest levels of Cystatin C, respectively, whereas kidney, spleen and muscle had the levels in between (4). The high degree of similarity in distribution and functional properties for mouse, rat and human Cystatin C indicates that a murine model should be relevant for studies of the human disease, hereditary Cystatin C amyloid angiopathy (4).
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