• Product name

    Galactose Assay Kit
  • Detection method

  • Sample type

    Cell culture supernatant, Urine, Serum, Plasma, Other biological fluids, Tissue Extracts
  • Assay type

  • Sensitivity

    < 10 nmol/well
  • Assay time

    0h 40m
  • Product overview

    Galactose Assay Kit (Colorimetric/Fluorometric) (ab83382) provides a simple and convenient method for direct measurement of galactose levels in various biological samples such as serum, plasma and other body fluids, as well as food and growth media. In this assay, oxidation of galactose generates a product that reacts with the galactose probe to produce color (OD570nm) or fluorescence (Ex/Em 535/587 nm). Liquid samples can be tested directly without purification. The assay is fast, convenient and sensitive. It can also be used as a high throughput assay.
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  • Notes

    Galactose (C6H12O6 MW: 180.16 g/mol) is one of the major naturally occurring sugars, a monosaccharide that differs from glucose only by the configuration of the hydroxyl group at the carbon-4 position. Often present as an anomeric mixture of a-D-galactose and ß-D-galactose, this monosaccharide exists abundantly in milk, dairy products and many other food types such as fruits and vegetables.

  • Platform

    Microplate reader



  • Galactose measured in tissue lysates showing quantity (nmol) per mg of extracted protein.

    Protein concentration for samples varied from 7 mg/mL to 17 mg/mL. Samples were tested undiluted.

  • Galactose measured in cell lysates showing quantity (nmol) per 1 mln cells.

    Samples with the concentration of 4e6 cells/mL were used. Samples were tested undiluted.

  •  Fluorometric standard curve: mean of duplicates (+/- SD) with background reads subtracted.

  • Galactose levels measured in biological fluids showing quantity (nmol) per mL. Samples tested undiluted.

  • Example of Galactose standard curve obtained with ab83382



This product has been referenced in:

  • Turpin DL  et al. Intermittent Suckling in Combination with an Older Weaning Age Improves Growth, Feed Intake and Aspects of Gastrointestinal Tract Carbohydrate Absorption in Pigs after Weaning. Animals (Basel) 6:N/A (2016). Read more (PubMed: 27792138) »
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Customer reviews and Q&As

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Ab83382 has some cross-reactivity with Galactose-1-phosphate but its extremely low. There is no cross-reactivity with glucose and insignificant cross-reactivity with sucrose has been noticed.

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I can confirm that this kit (ab83382: Galactose Assay Kit) will measure only galactose. The detection range which your customer has is not associated with this kit. All we mention on the product datasheet is that this kit is sensitive and quantifies the free galactose only.

Here is a reference for this kit:

David A. Sela et al., Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis ATCC 15697 α-Fucosidases Are Active on Fucosylated Human Milk Oligosaccharides, Appl. Envir. Microbiol., Feb 2012; 78: 795 - 803.

Hope this information has been useful for you. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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Thank you for your enquiry.
The ab83382 assay is for galactose. There is not going to be any measurement of enzyme activity in this kit. This kit will measure the total amount of free galactose in your samples.
If you need any further assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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The datasheet team added this standard as ab140312. It should be available on the catalogue in a few days.

I hope this information helps. Please contact us with any other questions.

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Thank you for contacting us.

With one Galactose Assay Kit (ab83382) you are provided with enough reagents for a total of 100 tests. As discussed over the phone this does include all the control assays that need to be performed (so taking the 6x2 standard curve tests which need to be performed, this leaves you with a total of 88 tests left.

There is no 96 well plate provided with the kit. This allows you flexibility in choosing which detection system to use with the kit (fluorescence, black plates, clear bottom; luminescence, white plates; colorimeter, clear plate).The fluorometric assay is ˜10 fold more sensitive than the colorimetric assay.

I hope this information has been of help. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to ask.

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