Renilla luciferase has been used as a reporter gene for studying gene regulation and function in vitro and in vivo. It commonly is used in multiplex transcriptional reporter assays or as a normalizing transfection control for firefly luciferase assays. The enzyme does not require post-translational modification for its activity and may function as a genetic reporter immediately following translation. Coelenterazine also emits light from enzyme-independent oxidation, a process known as autoluminescence. The autoluminescence is enhanced by superoxide anion and peroxynitrite in cells and tissues.
The Renilla Luciferase Assay utilizes a special buffer formulation designed to yield reliable, linear measurements of Renilla luciferase activity with minimal autoluminescence background and superior sensitivity. This is a flash-type luminescence assay that requires signal to be measured immediately after adding working solution to samples. The luminescence signal decays over the course of about 2 minutes of reaction time, although signal half-life may vary depending on luciferase expression levels.
Firefly Luciferase Assay
Flash-type Renilla Luciferase assay designed to yield reliable, linear measurements of Renilla luciferase activity with minimal autoluminescence background and superior sensitivity.
Research Category Cell Signaling
Research Sub Category Live Cell Dye
1) 5X Passive Lysis Buffer (CS224582): 30 mL
2) Renilla Luciferase Assay Buffer 2.0 (CS224583): 100 mL
3) Aquaphile Coelenterazine (CS224584): 1 X 4 mg
Storage and Stability
Store Renilla Luciferase Assay at –80°C. Renilla Luciferase Assay Buffer 2.0 is stable at -80°C for at least six months from date of receipt. Other kit components are stable at -20°C for at least six months from date of receipt. Kit components and stock solutions of Aquaphile coelenterazine in water are stable to at least 5 freeze/thaw cycles.
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Storage Class Code
10 - Combustible liquids
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Firefly luciferase is a widely used bioluminescent reporter for studying gene regulation and function. It is a very sensitive genetic reporter due to the absence of endogenous luciferase activity in mammalian cells or tissues.
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