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For product-specific storage and handling instructions, you should follow the advice on the product’s datasheet immediately upon receipt.
For most products, the shipping and storage temperatures of each product can normally be found under the 'properties' tab under 'storage instructions' (as below)...
The products we sell at Abcam include various biomolecules and reagents which are inherently sensitive to temperature. We always take care to consider the optimal conditions for the delivery, storage and use of every product.
Antibodies are relatively stable proteins. We ship our antibodies with ice packs to provide a controlled temperature during transit and ensure that stability is not impaired.
We performed a study for a small set of antibodies that showed that storing them at temperatures of up to +45ºC for 1 week does not impair their activity. However, temperatures of +60°C reduces antibody activity. As we have only tested a small number of products we continue to ship on ice as we cannot run similar tests for all products in our catalogue. These results should provide assurance that product quality should not be affected if your package arrives at ambient temperature.
Once you have received the product, please follow the long-term storage instructions detailed on the product's datasheet.
For general tips, see our antibody storage guide.
Proteins and peptides that are sold in liquid form / solution are sensitive to high temperatures, so are shipped on ice packs or dry ice.
Lyophilized proteins and peptides are more stable and are shipped on ice packs or at room temperature.
Care should be taken to store these products as directed on the datasheet as quickly as possible upon receipt. Most proteins can be snap-frozen in liquid Nitrogen and stored at -20ºC.
- Note: frost-free freezers should be avoided, as variations in temperature and moisture can damange the product
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Individal components are shipped according to their stability. Most kits will be shipped in a box with ice packs, with any particularly temperature-sensitive reagents shipped in dry-ice compartments.
When you receive your kit...
If stored as recommended, assay kits can be stored for up to a year, unless the datasheet or protocol says otherwise.
Conjugation kits are shipped at room temperature. We don't use ice packs because moisture from condensation could degrade the conjugate during shipping.
Upon receipt, these kits should be stored at -20°C.
On receipt, cells should be stored in liquid Nitrogen for long-term stability
Biochemicals in our range of agonists, activators, antagonists and inhibitors are shipped under different conditions depending on their tested short-term stability.
These products comprise a range of different molecules with different properties, so make sure you follow storage instructions on the datasheet.
As a general guide...
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