Anti-Firefly Luciferase antibody [Luci17] (ab16466)


  • Product name
    Anti-Firefly Luciferase antibody [Luci17]
    See all Firefly Luciferase primary antibodies
  • Description
    Mouse monoclonal [Luci17] to Firefly Luciferase
  • Host species
  • Tested applications
    Suitable for: Flow Cyt, WB, IHC-Frmore details
  • Immunogen

    Hybridoma produced by the fusion of spleenocytes from mice immunized with luciferase protein isolated from Photinus pyralis.

  • Positive control
    • WB: Purified luciferase protein. IHC: frozen drosophila embryos
  • General notes


  • Form
  • Storage instructions
    Shipped at 4°C. Upon delivery aliquot and store at -20°C. Avoid freeze / thaw cycles.
  • Storage buffer
    Preservative: 0.08% Sodium Azide
    Constituents: PBS, pH 7.2
  • Concentration information loading...
  • Purity
    Protein A/G purified
  • Purification notes
    Purified by protein A/G column.
  • Clonality
  • Clone number
  • Isotype
  • Light chain type
  • Research areas


Our Abpromise guarantee covers the use of ab16466 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
Flow Cyt Use at an assay dependent concentration. PubMed: 18612415

ab170190 - Mouse monoclonal IgG1, is suitable for use as an isotype control with this antibody.


WB Use at an assay dependent concentration.
IHC-Fr Use at an assay dependent concentration.


  • Relevance
    Luciferase from the firefly has become one of the more widely used reporter proteins for the study of gene expression. Luciferase catalyzes a bioluminescent reaction which requires the substrate luciferin as well as Mg2+ and ATP. Mixing these reagents with the cell extract containing luciferase, results in a flash of light that decays rapidly. This light can be detected by a luminometer. The total light emission is proportional to the luciferase activity of the sample.
  • Cellular localization
  • Alternative names
    • ec antibody
    • Firefly antibody
    • Luciferase antibody
    • Luciferin 4 monooxygenase antibody


  • All lanes : Anti-Firefly Luciferase antibody [Luci17] (ab16466) at 1 µg/ml

    Lane 1 : Non-transfected 293 whole cell lysate
    Lane 2 : Firefly Luciferase transfected 293 whole cell lysate
    Lane 3 : HeLa whole cell lysate
    Lane 4 : NIH3T3 whole cell lysate

    Lysates/proteins at 20 µg per lane.

    All lanes : Goat anti-Mouse IgG H&L (IRDye® 800CW) preadsorbed (ab216772) at 1/10000 dilution

    Performed under reducing conditions.

    Observed band size: 65 kDa (why is the actual band size different from the predicted?)


    Lanes 1 - 4: Merged signal (red and green). Green – ab16466 observed at 65 kDa. Red - loading control, ab181602, observed at 37 kDa.

     This blot was produced using a 4-12% Bis-tris gel under the MOPS buffer system. The gel was run at 200V for 50 minutes before being transferred onto a Nitrocellulose membrane at 30V for 70 minutes. The membrane was then blocked for an hour using Licor blocking buffer before being incubated with ab16466 and ab181602 (loading control) overnight at 4°C. Antibody binding was detected using Goat anti-Mouse IgG H&L (IRDye® 800CW) preabsorbed (ab216772) and Goat anti-Rabbit IgG H&L (IRDye® 680RD) preabsorbed (ab216777) at a 1:10000 dilution for 1hr at room temperature and then imaged.

  • Flow cytometric analysis of HEK293 cells expressing Firefly Luciferase, staining Firefly Luciferase with ab16466.

    Cells were fixed with paraformaldehyde at room temperature for 20 min, rinsed twice with permeabilization buffer (PBS, 1% FBS, 0.1% saponin), and incubated with primary antibody. A FITC-conjugated anti mouse IgG was used as the secondary antibody.


This product has been referenced in:
  • Forootan SS  et al. Real-time in vivo imaging reveals localised Nrf2 stress responses associated with direct and metabolism-dependent drug toxicity. Sci Rep 7:16084 (2017). Read more (PubMed: 29167567) »
  • Kao T  et al. GAPTrap: A Simple Expression System for Pluripotent Stem Cells and Their Derivatives. Stem Cell Reports 7:518-26 (2016). WB, Flow Cyt . Read more (PubMed: 27594589) »

See all 11 Publications for this product

Customer reviews and Q&As

The flow cytometry image shown on ab16466's datasheet is from: Pellegatti P et al. Increased level of extracellular ATP at tumor sites: in vivo imaging with plasma membrane luciferase. PLoS ONE 3:e2599 (2008) as stated in the figure legend.


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Thank you for the clarification. EIther one of these antibodies should work well with your sequence. I personally would select ab16466 because it is a purified antibody rather than an IgG fraction, and therefore will have less chance of non-specific bi...

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Abcam guarantees this product to work in the species/application used in this Abreview.
Western blot
Mouse Tissue lysate - whole (Schwann Cell)
Loading amount
200 µg
Schwann Cell
Gel Running Conditions
Reduced Denaturing
Blocking step
Milk as blocking agent for 1 hour(s) and 0 minute(s) · Concentration: 5% · Temperature: 20°C

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Submitted Oct 16 2012

Thank you for your enquiry.

Usually the buffer to use for dilutionis the same as your blocking buffer. There are some common buffers that are used which are1-3% BSA buffer, secondary antibody host species serum, Blockase, or even just P...

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Thank you very much for contacting us with your question, and for your patience while I have been in touch with the lab regarding these antibodies.

Unfortunately, the sensitivities of these two antibodies has not been determined at this time....

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We have a western blot image, which is attached showing the antibody with recombinant luciferase. We have not done further testing to see what is either smallest concentration of antibody that is needed to recogn...

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I hope youmanaged to open the attachment file I sent previously. The image contains the list of non-conjugated HRPanti-Firefly antibodies we have in our catalogue, including goat polyclonal, chicken polyclonal, and rabbit polyclonal antibodies. These a...

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Thank you for your enquiry.

We do have a few Firefly antibodies in our catalogue (see attached file)but unfortunately, none of them have been tested in IP application. These products however can be used in WBand might also work in ...

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Thank you for your enquiry and your interest in our products.

Luciferase from the firefly and the luciferase genes can be synthesized and inserted into organisms or transfected into cells. Normally, monkeys do not express luciferase unless th...

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Thank you for contacting Abcam.

This product was created using the whole purified protein and an immunogen. The fusion of spleenocytes is an antibody production technique for creating monoclonals.

The epitope for this antibody has...

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