Brainbow Antibodies

These polyclonal antibodies were designed for use with Brainbow applications, and are capable of distinguishing between individual neurons in the brain.


  • mCherry versions avaliable
  • Tested with mouse, drosophila and zebrafish tissues
  • Suitable for fluorescent imaging applications

The brainbow process works by randomly expressing different ratios of red, green, and blue derivatives of green fluorescent protein in individual neurons, it is possible to flag each neuron with a distinctive color. This process has been a major contribution to the field of connectomics, or the study of neural connections in the brain.

From the laboratory of Dawen Cai, PhD, University of Michigan.

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Catalog Number Product DataSheet Size AVAILABILITY Price Qty
Anti-mCherry (Chicken) Antibody, 50uL
50uL In stock
Regular Price:$205.00
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Anti-mCherry (Chicken) Antibody, 100uL
100uL In stock
Regular Price:$359.00
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Anti-mCherry (Rabbit) Antibody, 50uL
50uL In stock
Regular Price:$205.00
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Anti-mCherry (Rabbit) Antibody, 100uL
100uL 1-2 weeks
Regular Price:$359.00
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Product Type: Antibody
Antigen: Chicken-anti-mCherry, Rabbit-anti-mCherry
Isotype: IgY (Chicken-anti-mCherry), IgG (Rabbit-anti- mCherry)
Clonality: Polyclonal
Reactivity: Mouse, drosophila and zebrafish tissues
Immunogen: Purified protein
Species Immunized: Chicken, Rabbit
Buffer: 1xPBS / 0.02% Sodium Azide
Tested Applications: Immunofluorescence (1:350-1:500)
Storage: -80C long term, 4C short term
Shipped: Dry ice

From the laboratory of Dawen Cai, PhD, University of Michigan.


  • anti-mCherry: Antibody recognizes fluorescent proteins originated from coral (Discosoma sp.), tested on mOrange2, tdTomato, mCherry, DsRed. No detectable cross-reactivity when used together with fluorescent proteins listed in the other forms.


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  3. Chang JB, Chen F, Yoon YG, Jung EE, Babcock H, Kang JS, Asano S, Suk HJ, Pak N, Tillberg PW, Wassie AT, Cai D, Boyden ES. Iterative expansion microscopy. Nat Methods. 2017 Apr 17. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.4261. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28417997. View Article
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