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Anti-Polysialic Acid-NCAM Antibody, clone 2-2B

ascites fluid, clone 2-2B, Chemicon®

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biological source


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antibody form

ascites fluid

antibody product type

primary antibodies


2-2B, monoclonal

species reactivity

mouse, rat, vertebrates, human




immunocytochemistry: suitable
immunohistochemistry: suitable
radioimmunoassay: suitable
western blot: suitable



NCBI accession no.

UniProt accession no.

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dry ice

target post-translational modification


Gene Information

human ... NCAM1(4684)

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mouse, rat, vertebrates, human

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UniProt accession no.


UniProt accession no.

O15394, P13591

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General description

Polysialic acid (PSA) is a long, linear homopolymer that is attached to the neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM). It has the remarkable ability to down-regulate a wide variety of contact-dependent cell interactions. This activity is believed to stem from the ability of the charged polymer to occupy a large hydrated volume and thereby cause a direct physical hindrance of cell–cell contact. The regulated expression of PSA has been shown to promote a reduction in cell interactions that can create permissive conditions for changes in the structure of a variety of tissues.
The broadest expression of PSA occurs on precursor cells during early development and plays a role in promotion of the migration of these cells after cell division. In most cases, PSA expression is lost after the migration process is completed. However, the axons of neurons often retain PSA to bundle,sprout, and branch appropriately during axon path-finding.


Reacts with alpha 2-8 linked neuraminic acid (NeuAc-alpha 2-8) n with n >10. This polymer is usually termed polysialic acid (PSA). In vertebrates PSA is linked to neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM, CD56), in bacteria it is associated with capsula of meningococcus strain group B.
The monoclonal works well on all species expressing PSA-NCAM including mouse.


Viable Meningococcus group B (strain 355).


Detect Polysialic Acid-NCAM using this Anti-Polysialic Acid-NCAM Antibody, clone 2-2B validated for use in IC, IH, RIA & WB with more than 30 product citations.
Western Blotting: A 1:500-1:1,000 concentration of a previous lot was used in WB.

Immunocyto/histochemistry: A 1:200-1:400 dilution of a previous lot of this antibody worked on live and fixed cells, tissue sections either frozen or fixed with any kind of fixative. (Rougon et al., 1986; Theodosis et al., 1991, 1999). It is not recommend that the antibody be used on paraffin embedded tissue since it gives variable results.

Radioimmunoassay (RIA) :
A previous lot of this antibody was used in RIA. (Figarella-Branger et al., 1996)

Cell sorting and cell panning (Ben-Hur et al., 1998)

Optimal working dilutions must be determined by end user.


Routinely evaluated by Immunohistochemistry on hippocampus.

Immunohistochemistry(paraffin) Analysis:
PSA-NCAM (cat. # MAB5324) representative staining pattern/morphology on human hippocampus. Tissue pretreated with EDTA pH 8, antigen retrieval. Antibody was diluted to 1:100, using IHC-Select Detection with HRP-DAB. Immunoreactivity is seen as plasma membrane staining in neurons.
Optimal Staining With Epitope Retrieval: Alzheimer’s Hippocampus

Target description

150-300 kDa

Physical form

Mouse monoclonal IgM in buffer containing 50% glycerol, no preservatives.

Storage and Stability

Stable for 1 year at -20ºC in undiluted aliquots from date of receipt.
Handling Recommendations: Upon receipt, and prior to removing the cap, centrifuge the vial and gently mix the solution. Aliquot into microcentrifuge tubes and store at -20°C. Avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles, which may damage IgM and affect product performance. Note: Variability in freezer temperatures below -20°C may cause glycerol containing solutions to become frozen during storage.

Analysis Note

Positive control tissue: Young Rat Hippocampus, human hippocampus.

Other Notes

Concentration: Please refer to the Certificate of Analysis for the lot-specific concentration.

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CHEMICON is a registered trademark of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Storage Class

10 - Combustible liquids



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Polysialic acid expression is not necessary for motor neuron target selectivity.
Robinson, GA; Madison, RD
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Alzheimer's disease related markers, cellular toxicity and behavioral deficits induced six weeks after oligomeric amyloid-? peptide injection in rats.
Zussy, C; Brureau, A; Keller, E; Marchal, S; Blayo, C; Delair, B; Ixart, G; Maurice, T; Givalois, L
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Callum J C Parr et al.
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Marie-Claude Bélanger et al.
PloS one, 6(9), e24874-e24874 (2011-10-01)
Polysialic acid (PSA) is a unique carbohydrate composed of a linear homopolymer of α-2,8 linked sialic acid, and is mainly attached to the fifth immunoglobulin-like domain of the neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) in vertebrate neural system. In the brain
Kazutoshi Takahashi et al.
Nature communications, 5, 3678-3678 (2014-04-25)
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