LC3A Antibody (2312D)


Western Blot: LC3A Antibody (2312D) [NBP2-75924] - Total protein from human HeLa and mouse Neuro2A cells treated with and without 50 uM chloroquine for 24 hours was separated on a 4-20% gel by SDS-PAGE, transferred to more
Immunohistochemistry-Paraffin: LC3A Antibody (2312D) [NBP2-75924] - This LC3A antibody was detected in immersion fixed paraffin-embedded sections of human brain (frontal cortex) using Rabbit Anti-Human LC3A Monoclonal more

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Reactivity Hu, MuSpecies Glossary
Applications WB, IHC, IHC-P
1.0 mg/ml

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LC3A Antibody (2312D) Summary

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Recombinant Monoclonal Antibody.
This LC3A Antibody (2312D) was immunized with a partial synthetic peptide from the C-terminal of human LC3A [UniProt Q9H492]
Protein A or G purified from cell culture supernatant
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  • Western Blot 1 ug/mL
  • Immunohistochemistry 3-25 ug/mL
  • Immunohistochemistry-Paraffin 3-25 ug/mL

Packaging, Storage & Formulations

Store at 4C short term. Aliquot and store at -20C long term. Avoid freeze-thaw cycles.
0.02% Sodium Azide
1.0 mg/ml
Protein A or G purified from cell culture supernatant

Alternate Names for LC3A Antibody (2312D)

  • Apg8
  • APG8a
  • Apg8p3
  • ATG8E
  • Autophagy-related protein LC3 A
  • Autophagy-related ubiquitin-like modifier LC3 A
  • LC3
  • LC3A
  • MAP1 light chain 3-like protein 1
  • MAP1A/1B light chain 3 A
  • MAP1A/MAP1B light chain 3 A
  • MAP1ALC3
  • MAP1BLC3
  • MAP1LC3A
  • Microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 alpha
  • microtubule-associated proteins 1A/1B light chain 3
  • microtubule-associated proteins 1A/1B light chain 3A
  • MLP3A


Human Microtubule-associated Protein 1A/1B Light Chain 3A (MAP1LC3A), also called LC3A for short, is a 121 amino acid (aa) protein with a theoretic molecular weight of ~14 kDa. LC3A belongs to the LC3 subfamily of Autophagy-related 8 (Atg8) proteins, which also includes LC3B and LC3C (1). The process of autophagy is the bulk degradation of proteins and organelles. Whether these three proteins have distinct roles in autophagy remains unclear, but they do have unique subcellular expression (2). Specifically, LC3A shows perinuclear and nuclear localization (2). The Atg8 family members share a similar structure of two amino-terminal alpha-helices and a ubiquitin-like core but are unique in aa sequence (1). LC3 utilizes a ubiquitin-like conjugation system to covalently bind to phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), also called lipidation, which is mediated by a series of steps (1, 3). Briefly, unprocessed, cytosolic LC3 (pro-LC3) is cleaved by the cysteine protease Atg4 to expose a c-terminal glycine (Gly) residue (LC3-I); the Gly is activated by E1-like enzyme Atg7, transferred to E2-like enzyme Atg3, and an E3-like complex facilitates the conjugation of LC3 with PE (LC3-II), incorporating it into the phagophore membrane during autophagosome formation (1, 3). The recruitment of LC3 to the phagophore is thought to mediate membrane elongation and closure (1, 3). Additionally, LC3 plays a role in recruiting cargo (protein aggregates, pathogens, and organelles) to autophagosomes and delivery for lysosomal degradation (1).

The process of autophagy is associated with a variety of diseases including neurodegenerative diseases, neuromuscular, tumorigenesis, and viral and bacterial infections (4). LC3 is a useful marker of autophagy in both healthy and diseased cells (4). Interestingly, LC3A has two variants (v1 and v2) which differ in N-terminal sequence due to the varying transcriptional start sites (5). One particular study found that LC3Av1, but not v2 or LC3B, was silenced in various cancer cell lines due to aberrant DNA methylation and re-expression of LC3Av1 in LC3Av1-silenced cells inhibited tumor growth, where overall findings suggest a possible tumor-suppressive role (5).

Alternative names for LC3A include Apg8, APG8a, ATG8E, Autophagy-related protein LC3 A, Autophagy-related ubiquitin-like modifier LC3 A, MAP1A/1B light chain 3 A, microtubule-associated proteins 1A/1B light chain 3, and MLP3A.


1. Shpilka, T., Weidberg, H., Pietrokovski, S., & Elazar, Z. (2011). Atg8: an autophagy-related ubiquitin-like protein family. Genome biology.

2. Koukourakis, M. I., Kalamida, D., Giatromanolaki, A., Zois, C. E., Sivridis, E., Pouliliou, S., Mitrakas, A., Gatter, K. C., & Harris, A. L. (2015). Autophagosome Proteins LC3A, LC3B and LC3C Have Distinct Subcellular Distribution Kinetics and Expression in Cancer Cell Lines. PloS one.

3. Weidberg, H., Shvets, E., & Elazar, Z. (2011). Biogenesis and cargo selectivity of autophagosomes. Annual review of biochemistry.

4. Tanida, I., Ueno, T., & Kominami, E. (2004). LC3 conjugation system in mammalian autophagy. The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology.

5. Schaaf, M. B., Keulers, T. G., Vooijs, M. A., & Rouschop, K. M. (2016). LC3/GABARAP family proteins: autophagy-(un)related functions. FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.


This product is for research use only and is not approved for use in humans or in clinical diagnosis. Primary Antibodies are guaranteed for 1 year from date of receipt.

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  1. May we ask if it is possible to perform IF to stain LC3-I and LC3-II separately with two different fluorescent colors?
    • Yes, it is possible to perform IF stain for LC3-I and LC3-II separately with two different fluorescent colors! You will have to use two different primary antibodies and in order to avoid any potential background/cross reactivity issues, I would suggest that you employ conjugated primary antibodies for the testing. 1. Our LC3I antibody (NBP1-78964) has been designed to specifically detect the cytosolic form of the LC3 protein which is actually LC3 I (Note: LC3-II binds to the autophagic membranes). 2. There is not even a single antibody to our knowledge that would exclusively detect the LC3 II form, and you would have to detect LC3II/ autophagic membranes form with an antibody which detects LC3 I/LC3II together. Therefore you may opt second antibody from one of the followings: LC3 Antibody (NB100-2220), LC3 Antibody (NB100-2331), LC3 Antibody (NBP1-19167). All of these mentioned catalog #s come with different options for their conjugated forms and you may select appropriate conjugated forms for performing the IF staining using our explained criteria.

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Alexa Fluor 350 NBP2-75924AF350
Alexa Fluor 405 NBP2-75924AF405
Alexa Fluor 488 NBP2-75924AF488
Alexa Fluor 532 NBP2-75924AF532
Alexa Fluor 594 NBP2-75924AF594
Alexa Fluor 647 NBP2-75924AF647
Alexa Fluor 700 NBP2-75924AF700
Alexa Fluor 750 NBP2-75924AF750
Biotin NBP2-75924B
DyLight 350 NBP2-75924UV
DyLight 405 NBP2-75924V
DyLight 488 NBP2-75924G
DyLight 550 NBP2-75924R
DyLight 594 NBP2-75924DL594
DyLight 650 NBP2-75924C
DyLight 680 NBP2-75924FR
DyLight 755 NBP2-75924IR
FITC NBP2-75924F
HRP NBP2-75924H
Janelia Fluor 549 NBP2-75924JF549
Janelia Fluor 646 NBP2-75924JF646

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Gene Symbol MAP1LC3A