SpecificityThe antibody preferentially recognizes the p17 fragment of the active Caspase-3. Under the conditions we tested, the antibody did not detect the precursor form. Under other conditions (such as those used in PMC2206181), this antibody has been found to detect both the pro and active forms of Caspase-3.
Although some customers have used this antibody successfully in mouse and rat, we do not batch test in these species and so cannot guarantee that it will work in them.
Human, Quail Predicted to work with:
Synthetic peptide corresponding to Human active Caspase-3. Synthetic peptide mapping to the N-terminus adjacent to the cleavage site of human caspase-3 Database link: P42574 (Peptide available as ab38283)
Camptothecin (2 µM) treated Jurkat cells.
If no signal is observed a time course may be required to identify maximal caspase activity.
Caspases are synthesized as inactive pro-enzymes that are processed to active form in cells undergoing apoptosis. Caspase 3 has been extensively studied and implicated to play an important role in apoptosis. Active caspase 3 proteolytically cleaves and activates other caspases, as well as relevant targets in the cells (e.g., PARP). This affinity purified antibody recognizing the active forms of caspase-3 provides a new tool for identifying apoptotic cell populations in both tissue sections and cultured cells.
Storage instructionsShipped at 4°C. Store at +4°C short term (1-2 weeks). Upon delivery aliquot. Store at -20°C or -80°C. Avoid freeze / thaw cycle.
Primary antibody notesCaspases are synthesized as inactive pro-enzymes that are processed to active form in cells undergoing apoptosis. Caspase 3 has been extensively studied and implicated to play an important role in apoptosis. Active caspase 3 proteolytically cleaves and activates other caspases, as well as relevant targets in the cells (e.g., PARP). This affinity purified antibody recognizing the active forms of caspase-3 provides a new tool for identifying apoptotic cell populations in both tissue sections and cultured cells.
FunctionInvolved in the activation cascade of caspases responsible for apoptosis execution. At the onset of apoptosis it proteolytically cleaves poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) at a '216-Asp- -Gly-217' bond. Cleaves and activates sterol regulatory element binding proteins (SREBPs) between the basic helix-loop-helix leucine zipper domain and the membrane attachment domain. Cleaves and activates caspase-6, -7 and -9. Involved in the cleavage of huntingtin. Triggers cell adhesion in sympathetic neurons through RET cleavage.
Tissue specificityHighly expressed in lung, spleen, heart, liver and kidney. Moderate levels in brain and skeletal muscle, and low in testis. Also found in many cell lines, highest expression in cells of the immune system.
Sequence similaritiesBelongs to the peptidase C14A family.
Post-translational modificationsCleavage by granzyme B, caspase-6, caspase-8 and caspase-10 generates the two active subunits. Additional processing of the propeptides is likely due to the autocatalytic activity of the activated protease. Active heterodimers between the small subunit of caspase-7 protease and the large subunit of caspase-3 also occur and vice versa. S-nitrosylated on its catalytic site cysteine in unstimulated human cell lines and denitrosylated upon activation of the Fas apoptotic pathway, associated with an increase in intracellular caspase activity. Fas therefore activates caspase-3 not only by inducing the cleavage of the caspase zymogen to its active subunits, but also by stimulating the denitrosylation of its active site thiol.
IHC image of active caspase-3 staining in human tonsil formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue section*, performed on a Leica Bond™ system using the standard protocol F. The section was pre-treated using heat mediated antigen retrieval with sodium citrate buffer (pH6, epitope retrieval solution 1) for 20 mins. The section was then incubated with ab2302, 1µg/ml, for 15 mins at room temperature and detected using an HRP conjugated compact polymer system. DAB was used as the chromogen. The section was then counterstained with haematoxylin and mounted with DPX.
For other IHC staining systems (automated and non-automated) customers should optimize variable parameters such as antigen retrieval conditions, primary antibody concentration and antibody incubation times.
*Tissue obtained from the Human Research Tissue Bank, supported by the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre
Western blot - Anti-active Caspase-3 antibody (ab2302)
All lanes : Anti-active Caspase-3 antibody (ab2302) at 1 µg/ml
Lane 1 : HeLa Whole Cell Lysate (2 uM Staurosporine, 4Hr) at 20 µg Lane 2 : HeLa Whole Cell Lysate (untreated) at 20 µg Lane 3 : Active Caspase 3 (recombinant protein) at 0.1 µg
Secondary 800CW Goat Anti-Rabbit IgG at 1/10000 dilution
Performed under reducing conditions.
Additional bands at : 17 kDa (possible mature (processed) protein),24 kDa,35 kDa. We are unsure as to the identity of these extra bands.
Immunohistochemistry (Formalin/PFA-fixed paraffin-embedded sections) - Anti-active Caspase-3 antibody (ab2302)This image is courtesy of Carl Hobbs, King's College London, United Kingdom
Immunohistochemistical detection (on formaldehyde/PFA-fixed paraffin-embedded sections) of active Caspase-3 antibody (ab2302) on Quail Tissue sections (Quail E6/7 developing DRGs Saggital section). Antigen retrieval step: Heat mediated. Blocking step: 1% BSA for 10 mins RT. Primary Antibody ab2302 incubated at 1/50 for at RT. Secondary Antibody: Biotin conjugated goat anti rabbit IgG (1/300).
Immunohistochemistry (Formalin/PFA-fixed paraffin-embedded sections) - Anti-active Caspase 3 antibody (ab2302)This image is courtesy of an anonymous Abreview
ab2302 staining active Caspase-3 in human ulcerative colitis, colon tissue sections by Immunohistochemistry (IHC-P - paraformaldehyde-fixed, paraffin-embedded sections). Tissue was fixed using the HOPE method and permeabilized. Samples were incubated with primary antibody (1/20) for 1 hour at 25°C. A Biotin-SP-conjugated donkey anti-rabbit IgG polyclonal (1/800) was used as the secondary antibody.