Mouse GDF-8/Myostatin Propeptide Antibody

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Mouse GDF-8/Myostatin Propeptide Antibody Summary

Species Reactivity
Detects mouse GDF-8 propeptide in direct ELISAs and Western blots. In direct ELISAs, no cross-reactivity with recombinant mouse (rm) GDF‑1 propeptide, rmGDF-3 propeptide, rmGDF-5, or rmGDF-6 is observed.
Monoclonal Rat IgG2B Clone # 84231
Protein A or G purified from hybridoma culture supernatant
Mouse myeloma cell line NS0-derived recombinant mouse GDF-8
Accession # O08689
Lyophilized from a 0.2 μm filtered solution in PBS with Trehalose. *Small pack size (SP) is supplied either lyophilized or as a 0.2 µm filtered solution in PBS.


Recommended Concentration
Western Blot
1 µg/mL
Recombinant Mouse GDF‑8/Myostatin Propeptide (Catalog # 1539-PG)

Please Note: Optimal dilutions should be determined by each laboratory for each application. General Protocols are available in the Technical Information section on our website.

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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: GDF-8/Myostatin

Growth Differentiation Factor 8 (GDF-8), also known as Myostatin, is a secreted TGF-beta superfamily protein that is expressed specifically in developing and adult skeletal muscle. It controls myoblast proliferation and is a potent negative regulator of skeletal muscle mass (1‑3). Mouse GDF-8 is synthesized as a 376 amino acid (aa) preproprotein that consists of a 24 aa signal peptide, a 243 aa propeptide, and a 109 aa mature protein (2). Within the propeptide, mouse GDF-8 shares 96% and 99% aa sequence identity with human and rat GDF-8, respectively. GDF-8 is secreted as a preproprotein that is cleaved by BMP-1 family proteases to separate the 35‑40 kDa propeptide from the 12 kDa bioactive mature protein (4‑6). This results in a latent complex containing a disulfide-linked dimer of the mature protein and two noncovalently-associated molecules of the propeptide (2, 6). The GDF-8 propeptide functions as an inhibitor of mature GDF-8, and GDF-8 activity can also be inhibited through association with Follistatin, FLRG, Decorin, or GASP-1 (6‑11). The uncleaved GDF-8 proprotein binds Latent TGF-beta bp3 which can sequester it in the extracellular matrix and prevent the proteolytic cleavage of the propeptide (12). GDF-8 binds to the type II Activin receptor Activin RIIB which then associates with the type I receptors Activin RIB/ALK-4 or TGF-beta RI/ALK-5 to induce signaling (13). GDF-8 additionally inhibits adipogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells and preadipocytes (14). Genetic deletion of GDF-8 or in vivo administration of the GDF-8 propeptide induces muscle hypertrophy as well as enhanced glucose utilization and insulin sensitivity and a reduction in overall fat mass (15, 16).

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  10. Miura, T. et al. (2006) Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 340:675.
  11. Hill, J.J. et al. (2003) Molecular Endocrinology 17:1144.
  12. Anderson, S.B. et al. (2008) J. Biol. Chem. 283:7027.
  13. Rebbapragada, A. et al. (2003) Mol. Cell. Biol. 23:7230.
  14. Guo, W. et al. (2008) J. Biol. Chem. 283:9136.
  15. Matsakas, A. et al. (2009) Neuromuscul. Disord. 19:489.
  16. Guo, T. et al. (2009) PloS ONE 4:e4937.
Long Name
Growth Differentiation Factor 8
Entrez Gene IDs
2660 (Human); 17700 (Mouse)
Alternate Names
GDF8; GDF-8; GDF8growth differentiation factor 8; growth/differentiation factor 8; MSLHP; MSTN; Myostatin

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  1. Myostatin propeptide mutation of the hypermuscular Compact mice decreases the formation of myostatin and improves insulin sensitivity
    Authors: Tamas Kocsis
    Am. J. Physiol. Endocrinol. Metab, 2016-12-13;0(0):ajpendo.00216.
    Species: Mouse
    Sample Types: Tissue Homogenates
    Applications: Western Blot
  2. Structural and functional cardiac profile after prolonged duration of mechanical unloading: potential implications for myocardial recovery
    Authors: Estibaliz Castillero, Ziad A. Ali, Hirokazu Akashi, Nicholas Giangreco, Catherine Wang, Eric J. Stöhr et al.
    American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology


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