Recombinant Human BDNF Protein


2 μg/lane of Recombinant Human BDNF was resolved with SDS-PAGE underreducing (R) and non-reducing (NR) conditions and visualized by Coomassie® Bluestaining, showing bands at 13-14 kDa and 11-12 kDa, respectively.
Recombinant Human BDNF (Catalog # 248-BDB) stimulates cell proliferation in the BaF mouse pro-B cell line transfected with TrkB. The ED50 for this effect is 0.2‑2 ng/mL.

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Reactivity Hu, Mu, Rt, Ca, EqSpecies Glossary
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Recombinant Human BDNF Protein Summary

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100% sequence homology with Mouse, Rat, Canine, Equine and all other mammalian proteins examined. Earn double rewards for reviews
Details of Functionality
Measured in a cell proliferation assay using BaF mouse pro-B cells transfected with TrkB. The ED50 for this effect is 0.2-2 ng/mL. Measured by its binding ability in a functional ELISA. When Recombinant Human TrkB Fc Chimera (Catalog # 688-TK) is coated at 1 μg/mL, Recombinant Human BDNF binds with an apparent Kd <1 nM.
Spodoptera frugiperda, Sf 21 (baculovirus)-derived BDNF protein
Accession # P23560
100% sequence homology with Mouse, Rat, Canine, Equine and all other mammalian proteins examined.
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N-terminal Sequence
Protein/Peptide Type
Recombinant Proteins
>97%, by SDS-PAGE visualized with Silver Staining and quantitative densitometry by Coomassie® Blue Staining.
Endotoxin Note
<0.10 EU per 1 μg of the protein by the LAL method.


Theoretical MW
13.5 kDa.
Disclaimer note: The observed molecular weight of the protein may vary from the listed predicted molecular weight due to post translational modifications, post translation cleavages, relative charges, and other experimental factors.
13-14 kDa, reducing conditions
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Packaging, Storage & Formulations

Use a manual defrost freezer and avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles.
  • 12 months from date of receipt, -20 to -70 °C as supplied.
  • 1 month, 2 to 8 °C under sterile conditions after reconstitution.
  • 3 months, -20 to -70 °C under sterile conditions after reconstitution.
Lyophilized from a 0.2 μm filtered solution in Sodium Citrate and NaCl with BSA as a carrier protein.
>97%, by SDS-PAGE visualized with Silver Staining and quantitative densitometry by Coomassie® Blue Staining.
Reconstitution Instructions
Reconstitute 5 µg vials at 100 µg/mL in water. Reconstitute 10 µg or larger vials at 250 µg/mL in water.


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Alternate Names for Recombinant Human BDNF Protein

  • Abrineurin
  • ANON2
  • BDNF
  • brain-derived neurotrophic factor
  • BULN2
  • MGC34632
  • Neurotrophin


Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a member of the NGF family of neurotrophic factors (also named neurotrophins) that are required for the differentiation and survival of specific neuronal subpopulations in both the central as well as the peripheral nervous system. The neurotrophin family is comprised of at least four proteins including NGF, BDNF, NT-3, and NT-4/5. These secreted cytokines are synthesized as prepropeptides that are proteolytically processed to generate the mature proteins (1, 2). All neurotrophins have six conserved cysteine residues that are involved in the formation of three disulfide bonds and all share approximately 55% sequence identity at the amino acid level. Similarly to NGF, bioactive BDNF is predicted to be a non-covalently linked homodimer. BDNF cDNA encodes a 247 amino acid residue precursor protein with a signal peptide and a proprotein that are cleaved to yield the 119 amino acid residue mature BDNF. The amino acid sequence of mature BDNF is identical in all mammals examined. High levels of expression of BDNF have been detected in the hippocampus, cerebellum, fetal eye and placenta. In addition, low levels of BDNF expression are also found in the pituitary gland, spinal cord, heart, lung and skeletal muscle. BDNF binds with high affinity and specifically activates the TrkB tyrosine kinase receptor (3). The BDNF signaling pathway utilizes both AKT and ERK pathways to exert its pleiotrophic effects in the central nervous system. BDNF is widely used in cell culture to support neuronal cell differentiation and survival. It also promotes differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into neural progenitor cells.

  1. Eide, F.F. et al. (1993) Exp. Neurol. 121:200.
  2. Snider, W.D. (1994) Cell 77:627.
  3. Barbacid, M. (1994) J. Neurobiol. 25:1386.

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Publications for BDNF (248-BDB)(151)

We have publications tested in 7 confirmed species: Human, Mouse, Rat, N/A, Porcine, Primate (Macaca fascicularis), Primate - Callitrix jacchus (Common Marmoset).

We have publications tested in 7 applications: Bioassay, Cell Culture, Differentiation, ELISA (Standard), In Vivo, Surface Plasmon Resonance, Western Blot.

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N Karaka?, S Bay, N Türkel, N Öztunç, M Öncül, H Bilgen, K Shah, F ?ahin, G Öztürk Neurons from human mesenchymal stem cells display both spontaneous and stimuli responsive activity PLoS ONE, 2020;15(5):e0228510. 2020 [PMID: 32407317] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
P Kielkowski, IY Buchsbaum, VC Kirsch, NC Bach, M Drukker, S Cappello, SA Sieber FICD activity and AMPylation remodelling modulate human neurogenesis Nat Commun, 2020;11(1):517. 2020 [PMID: 31980631] (Differentiation, Human) Differentiation Human
EE Burke, JG Chenoweth, JH Shin, L Collado-To, SK Kim, N Micali, Y Wang, C Colantuoni, RE Straub, DJ Hoeppner, HY Chen, A Sellers, K Shibbani, GR Hamersky, M Diaz Busta, BN Phan, WS Ulrich, C Valencia, A Jaishankar, AJ Price, A Rajpurohit, SA Semick, RW Bürli, JC Barrow, DJ Hiler, SC Page, K Martinowic, TM Hyde, JE Kleinman, KF Berman, JA Apud, AJ Cross, NJ Brandon, DR Weinberger, BJ Maher, RDG McKay, AE Jaffe Dissecting transcriptomic signatures of neuronal differentiation and maturation using iPSCs Nat Commun, 2020;11(1):462. 2020 [PMID: 31974374] (Cell Culture, Human) Cell Culture Human
AR Nickolls, MM Lee, DF Espinoza, M Szczot, RM Lam, Q Wang, J Beers, J Zou, MQ Nguyen, HJ Solinski, AA AlJanahi, KR Johnson, ME Ward, AT Chesler, CG Bönnemann Transcriptional Programming of Human Mechanosensory Neuron Subtypes from Pluripotent Stem Cells Cell Rep, 2020;30(3):932-946.e7. 2020 [PMID: 31968264] (Differentiation, Human) Differentiation Human
H Ding, J Chen, M Su, Z Lin, H Zhan, F Yang, W Li, J Xie, Y Huang, X Liu, B Liu, X Zhou BDNF promotes activation of astrocytes and microglia contributing to neuroinflammation and mechanical allodynia in cyclophosphamide-induced cystitis J Neuroinflammation, 2020;17(1):19. 2020 [PMID: 31931832] (In Vivo, Rat) In Vivo Rat
P Bhattarai, MI Cosacak, V Mashkaryan, S Demir, SD Popova, N Govindaraj, K Brandt, Y Zhang, W Chang, K Ampatzis, C Kizil Neuron-glia interaction through Serotonin-BDNF-NGFR axis enables regenerative neurogenesis in Alzheimer&#039;s model of adult zebrafish brain PLoS Biol., 2020;18(1):e3000585. 2020 [PMID: 31905199] (In Vivo, Mouse) In Vivo Mouse
H Munezane, H Oizumi, T Wakabayash, S Nishio, T Hirasawa, T Sato, A Harada, T Yoshida, T Eguchi, Y Yamanashi, T Hashimoto, T Iwatsubo Roles of Collagen XXV and Its Putative Receptors PTPsigma/delta in Intramuscular Motor Innervation and Congenital Cranial Dysinnervation Disorder Cell Rep, 2019;29(13):4362-4376.e6. 2019 [PMID: 31875546] (Cell Culture, Mouse) Cell Culture Mouse
Y Zheng, X Xue, AM Resto-Iriz, Z Li, Y Shao, Y Zheng, G Zhao, J Fu Dorsal-ventral patterned neural cyst from human pluripotent stem cells in a neurogenic niche Sci Adv, 2019;5(12):eaax5933. 2019 [PMID: 31844664] (Cell Culture, Human) Cell Culture Human
M Chumarina, K Russ, C Azevedo, A Heuer, M Pihl, A Collin, EÅ Frostner, E Elmer, P Hyttel, G Cappellett, M Zini, S Goldwurm, L Roybon Cellular alterations identified in pluripotent stem cell-derived midbrain spheroids generated from a female patient with progressive external ophthalmoplegia and parkinsonism who carries a novel variation (p.Q811R) in the POLG1 gene Acta Neuropathol Commun, 2019;7(1):208. 2019 [PMID: 31843010] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
AL Gill, MZ Wang, B Levine, A Premasiri, FG Vieira Primary Neurons and Differentiated NSC-34 Cells Are More Susceptible to Arginine-Rich ALS Dipeptide Repeat Protein-Associated Toxicity than Non-Differentiated NSC-34 and CHO Cells Int J Mol Sci, 2019;20(24):. 2019 [PMID: 31835664] (Bioassay, Mouse) Bioassay Mouse
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