Recombinant Mouse Integrin alpha 6 beta 4 Protein, CF

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Recombinant Mouse Integrin alpha 6 beta 4 Protein, CF Summary

Product Specifications

>90%, by SDS-PAGE under reducing conditions and visualized by silver stain
Endotoxin Level
<0.10 EU per 1 μg of the protein by the LAL method.
Measured by its binding ability in a functional ELISA. When Mouse Laminin I (Catalog # 3400-010-01) is coated at 10 μg/mL, Recombinant Mouse Integrin alpha 6 beta 4 binds with an apparent KD <10 nM.
Chinese Hamster Ovary cell line, CHO-derived mouse Integrin alpha 6 beta 4 protein
Mouse Integrin alpha 6
Accession # Q61739
His-Pro GGGSGGGS Acidic Tail 6-His tag
Mouse Integrin beta 4
Accession # NP_598424
His-Pro GGGSGGGS Basic Tail
N-terminus C-terminus
N-terminal Sequence
Phe24 (Integrin alpha 6) & Asn29 (Integrin beta 4)
Structure / Form
Noncovalently-linked heterodimer
Predicted Molecular Mass
119 kDa (Integrin alpha 6) & 84.6 kDa (Integrin beta 4)
100-115 kDa & 135-145 kDa, reducing conditions

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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 Lyophilized from a 0.2 μm filtered solution in PBS.
Reconstitution Reconstitute at 200 μg/mL in PBS.
Shipping The product is shipped at ambient temperature. Upon receipt, store it immediately at the temperature recommended below.
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.
  • 3 months, -20 to -70 °C under sterile conditions after reconstitution.
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Background: Integrin alpha 6 beta 4

Integrin alpha 6 beta 4 is primarily an epithelial and Schwann cell laminin-binding integrin. While the alpha 6 subunit can also pair with beta 1, beta 4 pairs only with alpha 6 (1, 2). Expression of the non-covalent heterodimer composed of ~150 kDa alpha 6/CD49f and 150-200 kDa beta 4/CD104 type I transmembrane glycoprotein subunits is required for hemidesmosome formation (1, 3). The alpha 6 subunit contains an I (inhibitory) domain and a cleavage site that creates extracellular domain (ECD) heavy and transmembrane light chains. Mouse and human ubiquitously express the X1 isoform, while alternate splicing in the human ECD also creates X2 and X1X2 isoforms. Cytoplasmic splicing creates A and B isoforms in both mouse and human (4, 5). The beta 4 subunit cytoplasmic domain is unusually long (~1000 aa) and contains four type III fibronectin repeats that bind intracellular hemidesmosomal components (1-4). beta 4 alternative splicing between repeats 2 and 3 creates isoform 2 (deletion of 65 aa) and 3 (deletion plus insertion of 52 aa), which differ in tissue distribution (2, 5). The 876 aa mouse alpha 6 heavy chain shares 98% aa sequence identity with rat and 92-93% with human (X1), bovine, and canine  alpha 6. The 684 aa mouse beta 4 ECD shares 96% aa sequence identity with rat and 87‑92% with human, bovine, and equine  beta 4. Mutation of alpha 6 beta 4 can cause EB-PA, or epidermolysis bullosa (detachment of epidermis from basement membrane) with pyloric atresia, that is neonatally lethal in humans if severe (1, 3, 5). On Schwann cells, alpha 6 beta 4 cooperates with dystroglycan to stabilize the myelin sheath, and mediates attachment to the basal lamina (6, 7). alpha 6 beta 4 is also expressed on vessel‑associated muscle progenitors and on lung vascular endothelial cells, where it binds HLA class I molecules and enhances antigen presentation and cell proliferation (8‑10). High alpha 6 beta 4 expression correlates with invasiveness of carcinomas (1). In carcinomas, it binds IGF-I and the tetraspanin CD151, which promotes phosphorylation of beta 4 by EGF R, disrupting hemidesmosomes and allowing tumor cell migration (1, 11‑14). alpha 6 beta 4 signaling can also amplify tumor production of VEGF, ErbB and SPARC proteins (1, 15‑17).

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  8. Liadaki, K. et al. (2012) J. Histochem. Cytochem. 60:31.
  9. Zhang, X. and E.F. Reed (2012) Hum. Immunol. 73:1239.
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  12. Wilhelmsen, K. et al. (2007) Mol. Biol. Cell 18:3512.
  13. Yang, X. H. et al. (2008) Cancer Res. 68:3204.
  14. Frijns, E. et al. (2010) J. Biol. Chem. 285:37650.
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Entrez Gene IDs
3655 (Human); 16407 (Mouse)
Alternate Names
Integrin alpha 6 beta 4


  1. What is the amino acid sequence of the acidic and basic tails?

    • Acidic and basic tails are added to the protein to help facilitate optimal activity. While we generally include sequence information on the product datasheet, the sequences of these tails are considered confidential information.

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