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MOAB-2 Mouse Monoclonal antibody to Amyloid beta peptide (A beta 1-40/42), purified


Catalogue No. M-1586-100
Description The amyloid beta peptide is derived from the cleavage of the Amyloid precursor protein (APP) and varies in length from 39 to 43 amino acids. However, the form(s) of amyloid-beta peptide (Abeta) associated with the pathology characteristic of Alzheimer's disease (AD) remains unclear. In particular, the neurotoxicity of intraneuronal Abeta accumulation is an area of considerable research and controversy principally because antibodies thought to be specific for Abeta have been shown to actually detect intraneuronal APP and not Abeta exclusively.

MOAB-2 (mouse IgG2b) is a pan-specific, high-titer antibody to Abeta residues 1-4 as demonstrated by biochemical and immunohistochemical analyses (IHC), and is highly specific just to amyloid beta peptide.

MOAB-2 did not detect APP or APP-CTFs in cell culture media/lysates (HEK-APPSwe or HEK APPSwe/BACE1) or in brain homogenates from transgenic mice expressing 5 familial AD (FAD) mutation (5xFAD mice).

Using IHC on 5xFAD brain tissue, MOAB-2 immunoreactivity co-localized with C-terminal antibodies specific for Abeta40 and Abeta42. MOAB-2 did not co-localize with either N- or C-terminal antibodies to APP. In addition, no MOAB-2-immunreactivity was observed in the brains of 5xFAD/BACE-/- mice, although significant amounts of APP were detected by N- and C-terminal antibodies to APP, as well as by 6E10.

In both 5xFAD and 3xTg mouse brain tissue, MOAB-2 co-localized with cathepsin-D, a marker for acidic organelles, further evidence for intraneuronal Abeta, distinct from Abeta associated with the cell membrane. MOAB-2 demonstrated strong intraneuronal and extra-cellular immunoreactivity in 5xFAD and 3xTg mouse brain tissues.
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Unit size 100 ug
Antigen Recombinant human amyloid beta protein 42 (Aβ42): DAEFRHDSGYEVHHQKLVFFAEDVGSNKGAIIGLMVGGVVIA
Antigen Location Epitope maps to residues 1-4 of human amyloid beta peptide 40/42
Antigen Length 42 amino acids
Antibody Type Monoclonal
Isotype IgG2b, lambda
Clone MOAB-2
Other Names Beta-APP42; Beta-APP40; Beta-amyloid protein 42; Beta-amyloid protein 40; ABPP; APPI; Amyloid beta A4 protein;MOAB2;MOAB-2; Alzheimer's antibody;AB40;AB42;abeta
Accession P05067 A4_HUMAN;
Produced in Mouse
Molecular Weight With Formic acid extractions and strandard reduced western procedures beta-amyloid peptide migrates between 3-6 kDa (see figure 1).
Purity This product is a Protein A purified mouse IgGb in 0.02 M Potassium Phosphate, 0.15 M Sodium Chloride, 0.01% sodium azide, pH 7.2.
Applications Western Blotting (WB), Immunohistochemistry (IH), Immunohistochemistry/paraffin embedded IH(P), Immunoprecipitation (IP), Immunofluorescence (IF), ELISA.

Antibody has been tested in WB using purified synthetic beta-amyloid preparations and from transgenic mouse brain formic acid extracts (see figure 1). Formic acid extraction/concentration is required for western blot detection from extracts. MOAB-2 antibody is specific for beta-amyloid and does not detect APP. Suggested dilution of 1:2000-1:5,000 for WB, standard ECL detection systems.

Tissue samples for the detection of beta-amyloid should be prepared as detailed in K.L. Youmans et al. {Journal of Neuroscience Methods 196 (2011) 51-59} for best results. Detection of beta-amyloid 40/42 in direct westerns can be difficult; Dot-blots of prepared samples are recommended as detailed in Youmans. KL et al 2012.

IR or fluorescent detection systems not yet tested, they but are expected to work well with higher primary antibody dilutions because of the increased sensitivity of the detection methods.

Suggested dilutions for IHC are 1:50-1:1,000. Fresh frozen, 4% paraformaldehyde fixed frozen, or formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissues are all suitable. Optimal dilutions must be determined by the end user. Antigen retrieval is required in fixed tissues for optimal staining.

Antibody was tested on 4% paraformaldehyde/0.1% glutaraldehyde fixed frozen tissue from 3xTg and 5xFAD mice. MOAB-2 antibody detects intraneuronal and extracellular beta-amyloid in IHC and does not detect APP {Youmans KL et al 2012}.

The antibody also reacts with archival formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue samples with antigen Heat Induced Epitope Retrieval (HIER): Recommended Citrate, pH 6.0 buffer for HIER. Signal was weak without antigen retrieval. Immunoreactively was expressed in intraneural-amyloid deposition (plaque) in Alzheimer's brain. MoAB-2 was found to be extremely clean and with an excellent signal to noise ratio with no neuro-cellular diffusive staining.

In addition MOAB-2 demonstrated no significant differences in A-beta detection using paraffin fixed, free-floating sections {Youmans KL et al 2012}. Formic acid (FA) treatment resulted in optimal detection of both intraneuronal and extracellular A-beta compared to without FA (incubated in 88% FA 8 min, Youmans KL et al 2012). Free floating tissue sections were permeabilized in TBS containing 0.25% Triton X-100 (TBSX; 3 x 10 min), blocked with 3% horse serum in TBSX (3 x 10 min) followed by 1% horse serum in TBSX (2 x10 min) and incubated with appropriate primary antibodies diluted in TBSX containing 1% horse serum overnight. See Youmans KL et al 2012 for full IH(P) protocol and method details.

For IF, suggested dilution is 1:100-1:500. The antibody was tested on 4% PFA fixed frozen tissue. Fixed tissues were washed in TBS (3 x 10 min), then incubated in 88% FA (8 min), and then permeabilized in TBSX (3 x 10 min), and blocked in TBSX containing 5% bovine serum albumin (BSA; 1 hr). Sections were subsequently incubated with appropriate primary antibodies diluted in TBSX containing 2% BSA overnight on an oscillatory rotator. Detection was via fluorescently labelled absorbed secondary antibodies {Youmans KL et al 2012}.

For IP, the suggested dilution is 1:200 to 1:1,000 for labeled beta-amyloid using Protein A/G conjugated beads as the capture vehicle {Youmans KL et al 2012}.

In an ELISA, a dilution of 1:50-1:1000 is suggested. The antibody has been tested in ELISAs on synthetic beta-amyloid and tissue homogenates from beta-amyloid-Tg mice. Biosensis recommends optimal dilutions/concentrations should be determined by the end user for all applications. Dilutions provided are only meant to serve as a basic guide.
Specificity MOAB-2 detects preparations enriched in U-, O-, F-Aβ42, and U-Aβ40 by dot-blot, and is thus a pan-specific Aβ antibody. However, MOAB-2 is selective for the more neurotoxic Aβ42 compared to Aβ40. Indeed, MOAB-2 demonstrated a titration against antigen concentration, and detects Aβ40 at 2.5 pmol but U-, O- and FAβb42 at antigen concentrations as low as ~ 0.1 pmol {Youmans. KL et al 2012}. MOAB-2 does not detect APP (Amyloid precursor protein).
Species Against Human
Antibody Against Human
Cross-reactivity Human, Rat, other species not yet tested.By Dot blot, MOAB-2 detected rat A Beta 40 and human A Beta 40, albeit with less affinity than for A Beta 42. {Youmans. KL et al 2012}
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Form Lyophilized, from a Protein A purified preparation in 0.02 M Potassium Phosphate, 0.15 M Sodium Chloride, 0.01% sodium azide, pH 7.2; contains 0.01% sodium azide as a preservative.
Appearance dry powder
Reconstitution Reconstitute in 100 uL of sterile water. Centrifuge to remove any insoluble material. Final buffer is 0.02 M Potassium Phosphate, 0.15 M Sodium Chloride, 0.01% sodium azide, pH 7.2.
Storage After reconstitution keep aliquots at -20 to -70C for a higher stability. At 2-8C keep up to one week, insulated, protected from light; use sterile methods and pipettes. Highly purified glycerol (1:1) may be added for an additional stability. Avoid repetitive freeze/thaw cycles. Keep tightly closed when not in use and protected from light.
Expiry Date 12 months after purchase
Specific References Cuevas, E. et al. (2019) Amyloid Beta 25-35 induces blood-brain barrier disruption in vitro. Metab Brain Dis. [Epub ahead of print]. Application: ICC/IF.

Schmued, L. et al. (2019) High Contrast and Resolution Labeling of Amyloid Plaques in Tissue Sections from APP-PS1 Mice and Humans with Alzheimer's Disease with the Zinc Chelator HQ-O: Practical and Theoretical Considerations. Curr Alzheimer Res. 16(7):577-586. Application: IHC/IF.

Hui, L. et al. (2019) Acidifying Endolysosomes Prevented Low-Density Lipoprotein-Induced Amyloidogenesis. J Alzheimers Dis. 64(1):393-410. Application: ICC/IF.

Koss, DJ. et al. (2018) Distinctive temporal profiles of detergent-soluble and -insoluble tau and Aβ species in human Alzheimer's disease. Brain Res. [Epub ahead of print]. Application: WB, dot blot.

Zhao, Y. et al. (2018) TREM2 Is a Receptor for β-Amyloid that Mediates Microglial Function. Neuron. 97(5):1023-1031. Application: IHC, free-floating cryostat sections

Zhu, B. et al. (2017) ER-associated degradation regulates Alzheimer's amyloid pathology and memory function by modulating γ-secretase activity. Nat Commun. 8(1):1472. Application: IHC

Huang, TY. et al. (2017) SORLA attenuates EphA4 signaling and amyloid β–induced neurodegeneration. J Exp Med. pii: jem.20171413. [Epub ahead of print]. Application: IHC

Felecia, M. et al. (2017) Peripheral Inflammation, Apolipoprotein E4, and Amyloid-β Interact to Induce Cognitive and Cerebrovascular Dysfunction. ASN Neuro. 9(4):1759091417719201. Application: IHC/IF

Thomas, R. et al. (2016) Epidermal growth factor prevents APOE4 and amyloid-beta-induced cognitive and cerebrovascular deficits in female mice. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 4(1):111 Application: IHC

Koster, KP. et al. (2016) Epidermal growth factor prevents oligomeric amyloid-β induced angiogenesis deficits in vitro. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. [Epub ahead of print] Application: IF

Löffler, T. et al. (2016) Decreased Plasma Aβ in Hyperlipidemic APPSL Transgenic Mice Is Associated with BBB Dysfunction. Front. Neurosci. Application: IF

Kobro-Flatmoen, A. et al. (2016) Reelin-immunoreactive neurons in entorhinal cortex layer II selectively express intracellular amyloid in early Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiology of Disease. 93:172-183. Application: IHC

Tai, LM. et al. (2016) The role of APOE in cerebrovascular dysfunction. Acta Neuropathol. 131(5):709-23. Application: IF

Kim, YH. et al. (2015) A 3D human neural cell culture system for modeling Alzheimer's disease. Nat Prot. 10(7):985-1006. Application: WB

Condello, C. et al. (2015) Microglia constitute a barrier that prevents neurotoxic protofibrillar Aβ42 hotspots around plaques. Nat Commun. 6:6176. Application: IF

Iulita MF et al (2014) Studying Alzheimer’s Disease Pre-clinical Stages: Insights from Down’s Syndrome and Transgenic Animal Models. PhD Thesis Application: IHC/IF

Iulita MF et al (2014) Intracellular Abeta pathology and early cognitive impairments in a transgenic rat model overexpressing human amyloid precursor protein: a multidimensional study. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 6:61. Application: IF, IH

Smith BR et al (2014) Neuronal inclusions of alpha-synuclein contribute to the pathogenesis of Krabbe disease. J Pathol. Apr;235(5):509-21. Application: IF
General References Tai LM et al (2016) "The role of APOE in cerebrovascular dysfunction."Acta Neuropathol. 2016 Feb 16. [Epub ahead of print]

K.L. Youmans et al (2012) Intraneuronal Abeta detection in 5xFAD mice by a new Abeta-specific antibody Mol Neurodegener. 2012 Mar 16;7(1):8.

Tai LM et al (2013) Levels of soluble apolipoprotein E/amyloid-β (Aβ) complex are reduced and oligomeric Aβ increased with APOE4 and Alzheimer disease in a transgenic mouse model and human samples. J Biol Chem. 2013 Feb 22;288(8):5914-26.

K.L. Youmans et al (2011) Amyloid-β42 alters apolipoprotein E solubility in brains of mice with five familial AD mutations J Neurosci Methods. 2011 Mar 15;196(1):51-9.

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MOAB-2 Mouse Monoclonal antibody to Amyloid beta peptide (A beta 1-40/42), purified Sample combined cortex and hippocampus from 12 month old 5xFAD mice. 1.25-25 mg of FA extraction were analyzed using the standard Western blot procedure as described in Youmans, Molecular Neurodegeneration, 2012. MOAB-2 was used at a concentration of 1 ug/ml.  
Extraction protocol: Modified 3-step sequential extraction as described in Youmans et al, J Neurosci Methods, 2011. The modification involved using less volume of formic acid (FA) in step 3 to give a more concentrated extraction.  Therefore, 70% FA was added at to a concentration of 600mg/ml rather than 150mg/ml as described in Youmans et al. The final protein concentration of the neutralized formic acid extraction was 0.9 mg/ml

Youmans, KL et al (2011) J. Neuroscience Methods 196(1):51-59.

Youmans, KL et al (2012) Mol. Neurodegener. 7:8.
MOAB-2 Mouse Monoclonal antibody to Amyloid beta peptide (A beta 1-40/42), purified IHC staining of MOAB-2 on 2,4 and 6 month old 5XFAD mouse hippocampal sections showing increasing Aβ staining with MOAB-2 (Red); NeuN staining (Green). Photo courtesy of Dr. Mary Jo LaDu and Dr. Leon Tai from the University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL.
MOAB-2 Mouse Monoclonal antibody to Amyloid beta peptide (A beta 1-40/42), purified Immunofluorescent detection of Aβ in coronal sections 4-month, 8-month and 24-month old 3xTg mice stained with M-1586-100. Staining shows intraneuronal Aβ increased from 4- to 8-months and decreased by 24-months while extracellular Aβ increased from 8- to 24months (top=20x, scale bar 50um; bottom = 63x, scale bar 20um). Figure courtesy of Youmans et al (2012).
MOAB-2 Mouse Monoclonal antibody to Amyloid beta peptide (A beta 1-40/42), purified Immunohistochemical detection of Aβ and APP in coronal sections of the frontal cortex of 1-month old 5xFAD mice. Sections were co-stained with M-1586-100 or APP antibodies (N-terminus and C-terminus). MOAB-2 staining was punctate and did not co-localize with either APP antibodies. Figure courtesy of Youmans et al (2012).
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