Recombinant E. coli alpha-Galactosidase/a-Gal Protein, CF

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Recombinant E. coli alpha-Galactosidase/a-Gal Protein, CF Summary

>95%, by SDS-PAGE under reducing conditions and visualized by Colloidal Coomassie® Blue stain at 5 μg per lane
Endotoxin Level
<1.0 EU per 1 μg of the protein by the LAL method.
Measured by its ability to hydrolyze 4-methylumbelliferyl-alpha -D-galactopyranoside. The specific activity is >3,000 pmol/min/μg, as measured under the described conditions.
E. coli-derived e. coli alpha-Galactosidase/a-Gal protein
Val2-Val708, with an N-terminal Met and 6-His tag
Accession #
N-terminal Sequence
Predicted Molecular Mass
82 kDa
70-75 kDa, reducing conditions

Product Datasheets

Carrier Free

What does CF mean?

CF stands for Carrier Free (CF). We typically add Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) as a carrier protein to our recombinant proteins. Adding a carrier protein enhances protein stability, increases shelf-life, and allows the recombinant protein to be stored at a more dilute concentration. The carrier free version does not contain BSA.

What formulation is right for me?

In general, we advise purchasing the recombinant protein with BSA for use in cell or tissue culture, or as an ELISA standard. In contrast, the carrier free protein is recommended for applications, in which the presence of BSA could interfere.


Formulation Supplied as a 0.2 μm filtered solution in Tris, NaCl and Glycerol.
Shipping The product is shipped with polar packs. Upon receipt, store it immediately at the temperature recommended below.
Stability & Storage: Use a manual defrost freezer and avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles.
  • 6 months from date of receipt, -20 to -70 °C as supplied.
  • 3 months, -20 to -70 °C under sterile conditions after opening.

Assay Procedure

  • Assay Buffer: 100 mM MES, pH 6.5
  • Recombinant E. coli alpha ‑Galactosidase/ alpha ‑Gal (rE. coli alpha -Gal) (Catalog # 6415-GH)
  • Substrate: 4-Methylumbelliferyl-alpha -D-galactopyranoside (Sigma, Catalog # M7633), 6.7 mM stock in DMSO
  • F16 Black Maxisorp Plate (Nunc, Catalog # 475515)
  • Fluorescent Plate Reader (Model: SpectraMax Gemini EM by Molecular Devices) or equivalent
  1. Dilute rE. coli alpha -Gal to 0.5 ng/μL in Assay Buffer.
  2. Dilute Substrate to 800 μM in Assay Buffer.
  3. Load into a plate 50 μL of 0.5 ng/μL rE. coli alpha -Gal, and start the reaction by adding 50 μL of 800 μM Substrate. For Substrate Blanks, load 50 μL of Assay Buffer and 50 μL of 800 μM Substrate.
  4. Read plate at excitation and emission wavelengths of 365 nm and 445 nm, respectively, in kinetic mode for 5 minutes.
  5. Calculate specific activity:

     Specific Activity (pmol/min/µg) =

Adjusted Vmax* (RFU/min) x Conversion Factor** (pmol/RFU)
amount of enzyme (µg)

     *Adjusted for Substrate Blank
     **Derived using calibration standard 4-Methylumbelliferone (4-MU) (Sigma, Catalog # M1381).

Per Well:
  • rE. coli alpha -Gal: 0.025 μg
  • Substrate: 400 μM
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Background: alpha-Galactosidase/a-Gal

alpha -Galactoside is prevalent in animals and plants. The alpha -Galactosidase ( alpha -Gal) from Escherichia coli is a useful tool for the removal of alpha 1,3-linked and alpha 1,6‑linked galactosides from the non-reducing terminus of complex carbohydrates and glycoproteins (1). alpha -Gal efficiently hydrolyzes raffinose, an alpha -D-galactosylsucrose, to D‑galactose and sucrose. The enzyme can also hydrolyze other alpha -Galactosides such as melibiose, stachyose, verbascose, and galactinol. The enzyme does not cleave beta -linked galactose, such as lactose.

  1. Schmid, K. and Schmitt, R. (1976) Eur. J. Biochem. 67:95.
  2. Spangenberg, P. et al. (2000) Carbohydr. Res. 329:65.
Entrez Gene IDs
5589615 (E. coli)
Alternate Names
alphaGalactosidase; alpha-Galactosidase; rafA


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