Renilla Luciferase Assay Kit 2.0

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Product Description

This kit is designed to measure Renilla luciferase activity in transfected cell reporter gene assays. Renilla luciferase has been used as a reporter gene for studying gene regulation and function in vitro and in vivo.  It commonly is used in multiplex transcriptional reporter assays or as a normalizing transfection control for firefly luciferase assays. Renilla luciferase, a monomeric 36,000 Dalton protein, catalyzes coelenterazine oxidation by oxygen to produce light. The enzyme does not require post-translational modification for its activity and may function as a genetic reporter immediately following translation. Coelenterazine also emits light from enzyme-independent oxidation, a process known as autoluminescence. The autoluminescence is enhanced by superoxide anion and peroxynitrite in cells and tissues. This assay kit utilizes a special buffer formulation designed to yield reliable, linear measurements of Renilla luciferase activity with minimal autoluminescence background and superior sensitivity. This kit is a flash-type luminescence assay, which requires luminescence to be measured immediately after adding reagents to your sample.

This kit is a new and improved replacement for the Renilla Luciferase Assay Kit (catalog no. 30004). In addition to providing a simplified protocol, the Renilla Luciferase Assay Kit 2.0 features Biotium’s Aquaphile™ Coelenterazine, a water soluble substrate that can be stored at -20°C with minimal evaporation, unlike methanol solutions of coelenterazine.

The stated number of assays is based on 96-well assay format. The kits include enough Passive Lysis Buffer to perform the stated number of assays in plate sizes ranging from 96-well to 24-well. If needed, additional 5X Passive Lysis Buffer (catalog no. 99912) can be purchased separately (see below).

Biotium also offers the Firefly & Renilla Luciferase Single Tube Assay Kit (catalog no. 30081), a combined luciferase assay kit for sequential measurement of Firefly and Renilla luciferase activity sequentially in the same sample with high sensitivity and linearity.

Kit components

  • 5X Passive Lysis Buffer
  • Renilla Luciferase Assay Buffer 2.0
  • Aquaphile™ Coelenterazine

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30085Firefly Luciferase Assay Kit 2.0Flash-type firefly luciferase assay kit.
30075Firefly Luciferase Assay Kit (Lyophilized)Firefly luciferase assay kit with lyophilized assay buffer for economical room temperature shipping and convenient storage at -20°C.
999235X Firefly Lysis BufferExtra lysis buffer for use with Firefly Luciferase Assay Kits, only required if using well sizes larger than 24-well.
30028Steady-Luc™ Firefly HTS Assay KitGlow-type firefly luciferase assay with signal half-life of about 3 hours for high-throughput screening in multi-well plates.
30028LSteady-Luc Firefly HTS Assay Kit (Lyophilized)Steady-Luc kit with lyophilized assay buffer for economical room temperature shipping and convenient storage at -20°C.
30082Renilla Luciferase Assay Kit 2.0Flash-type Renilla luciferase assay kit.
30081Firefly and Renilla Luciferase Single Tube Assay KitAssay kit for measuring firefly and Renilla activities sequentially in the same sample in a single tube.
999125X Passive Lysis Buffer Extra lysis buffer for use with Renilla and Dual Luciferase Kits, only required if using well sizes larger than 24-well.
30020ATP-Glo™ Bioluminometric Cell Viability Assay KitFlash-type luminescence-based assay for measuring cell viability or ATP concentration.
22003Mini Cell ScrapersMini-cell scrapers, useful for lysing cells in 96-well, 48-well, or 24-well plates.

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Additional Information


50 assays, 150 assays, 1,000 assays


Protocol (PDF): pi-30082

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