• Product nameAnti-BDNF antibody
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  • Description
    Rabbit polyclonal to BDNF
  • SpecificityBy dot blots, less than 0.1% cross-reactivity against mouse NGF, recombinant human NT3 or NT4. Regarding use with brain lysates in WB: BDNF is very weakly expressed in whole brain (orders of magnitude lower), and extremely difficult to detect in BRAIN lysates. Thus, it cannot be compared to structural proteins or more common targets. It is recommended to use a positive control or spiked lysate control to optimize WB conditions.
  • Tested applicationsDot Blot, ICC/IF, ELISA, Neutralising, WB, IHC-FoFrmore details
  • Species reactivity
    Reacts with: Mouse, Rat, Horse, Human, Pig
  • Immunogen

    Recombinant full length protein (Human).

  • Positive control
    • Purchase matching WB positive control:Active human BDNF full length protein
    • IHC-Fr: rat dorsal root ganglion (using a ganglion from an animal perfused with 2% (2% not the usual 4%) formaldehyde, with the addition of 15% picric acid, will reveal BDNF in many small diameter neurons. WB: dorsal root ganglia is recommended as the best positive control, but if not available, then both brain or spinal cord extracts can be used.
  • General notesThis antibody has proven particularly useful for western blot, immunohistochemistry and biological inhibition. For immunohistochemistry, cell bodies are clearly stained as well as some nerve terminals in the dorsal horn of the rat spinal cord. The antiserum does not stain the finest nerve terminals.



Our Abpromise guarantee covers the use of ab6201 in the following tested applications.

The application notes include recommended starting dilutions; optimal dilutions/concentrations should be determined by the end user.

Application Abreviews Notes
Dot Blot Use a concentration of 1 - 10 µg/ml.
ICC/IF Use a concentration of 5 µg/ml.
ELISA Use a concentration of 0.1 µg/ml.
Neutralising Use a concentration of 2 - 10 µg/ml.
WB Use a concentration of 1 - 10 µg/ml.

WB analysis of BDNF can give multiple bands, especially when using tissue lysates, because of many BDNF binding proteins that can form SDS-stable complexes even after boiling. Even in reduced samples, BDNF forms easily dimers and multimers, thus six or more bands can be present (most prominent: 28kDa dimer, monomer: ~14kDa). ab6201 will react also with BDNF-proforms (32-45kDa). It might be advisable to use acidified samples for WB and perform an IP first.

IHC-FoFr Use a concentration of 1 - 5 µg/ml. PubMed: 18971468Using ABC or tyramide amplification may be required to enhance the signal.


  • FunctionDuring development, promotes the survival and differentiation of selected neuronal populations of the peripheral and central nervous systems. Participates in axonal growth, pathfinding and in the modulation of dendritic growth and morphology. Major regulator of synaptic transmission and plasticity at adult synapses in many regions of the CNS. The versatility of BDNF is emphasized by its contribution to a range of adaptive neuronal responses including long-term potentiation (LTP), long-term depression (LTD), certain forms of short-term synaptic plasticity, as well as homeostatic regulation of intrinsic neuronal excitability.
  • Tissue specificityBrain. Highly expressed in hippocampus, amygdala, cerebral cortex and cerebellum. Also expressed in heart, lung, skeletal muscle, testis, prostate and placenta.
  • Involvement in diseaseCongenital central hypoventilation syndrome
  • Sequence similaritiesBelongs to the NGF-beta family.
  • Post-translational
    The propeptide is N-glycosylated and glycosulfated.
    Converted into mature BDNF by plasmin (PLG).
  • Cellular localizationSecreted.
  • Information by UniProt
  • Database links
  • Alternative names
    • Abrineurin antibody
    • ANON2 antibody
    • BDNF antibody
    • BDNF antibody
    • BDNF_HUMAN antibody
    • Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor antibody
    • Brain-derived neurotrophic factor antibody
    • BULN2 antibody
    • MGC34632 antibody
    • MGC34632 antibody
    • Neurotrophin antibody
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Anti-BDNF antibody images

  • All lanes : Anti-BDNF antibody (ab6201)

    Lane 1 : Purified rHBNDF at 0.05 µg
    Lane 2 : Mouse brian lysate at 15 µg

    Observed band size : 14,28 kDa (why is the actual band size different from the predicted?)
  • ab6201 BDNF antibody immunostaining in the ventral horn of the spinal cord. Protocol: free floating, PFA/picric acid perfusion fixed rat coronal sections (30 microns) were incubated overnight in ab6201 (1/500) followed by 1 night of postfixation). Immunofluorescence was visualised with TSA amplification.
  • ab6201 BDNF antibody immunostaining BDNF-containing hippocampal neurons. Protocol: PFA(only)-fixed free floating coronal rat brain sections (30 microns) were incubated for 3 days with ab6201 at 1/100 followed by direct immunofluorescence detection (alexa488; 1/1000). We recommend using an amplification IHC protocol following PFA/picric acid fixation of brain tissue for optimising BDNF detection using ab6201
  • ICC/IF image of ab6201 stained PC12 cells. The cells were 4% formaldehyde fixed (10 min) and then incubated in 1%BSA / 10% normal goat serum / 0.3M glycine in 0.1% PBS-Tween for 1h to permeabilise the cells and block non-specific protein-protein interactions. The cells were then incubated with the antibody (ab6201, 5µg/ml) overnight at +4°C. The secondary antibody (green) was Alexa Fluor® 488 goat anti-rabbit IgG (H+L) used at a 1/1000 dilution for 1h. Alexa Fluor® 594 WGA was used to label plasma membranes (red) at a 1/200 dilution for 1h. DAPI was used to stain the cell nuclei (blue) at a concentration of 1.43µM.

References for Anti-BDNF antibody (ab6201)

This product has been referenced in:
  • Chen L  et al. Ginseng Total Saponins Reverse Corticosterone-Induced Changes in Depression-Like Behavior and Hippocampal Plasticity-Related Proteins by Interfering with GSK-3 ß -CREB Signaling Pathway. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2014:506735 (2014). WB . Read more (PubMed: 24523822) »
  • Tapocik JD  et al. microRNA-206 in rat medial prefrontal cortex regulates BDNF expression and alcohol drinking. J Neurosci 34:4581-8 (2014). Rat . Read more (PubMed: 24672003) »

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Application Western blot
Sample Chicken Tissue lysate - whole (brain)
Loading amount 5.2 µg
Specification brain
Gel Running Conditions Reduced Denaturing
Blocking step BSA as blocking agent for 12 hour(s) and 0 minute(s) · Concentration: 5% · Temperature: 4°C

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