Recombinant Human BMP-4 Protein


1 ug/lane of Recombinant Human BMP-4 was resolved with SDS-PAGE under reducing (R) and non-reducing (NR) conditions and visualized by silver staining, showing major bands at 22-25 kDa and 37-41 kDa, respectively. more
Recombinant Human BMP-4 (Catalog #314-BP/CF) induces alkaline phosphatase production in the ATDC5 mouse chondrogenic cell line. The ED50 for this effect is 2.5-15 ng/mL.

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Recombinant Human BMP-4 Protein Summary

Details of Functionality
Measured by its ability to induce alkaline phosphatase production by ATDC5 mouse chondrogenic cells. Binnerts, M.E. et al. (2004) Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 315(2):272. The ED50 for this effect is typically 2.5-15 ng/mL.
Mouse myeloma cell line, NS0-derived human BMP-4 protein
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N-terminal Sequence
Structure / Form
Disulfide-linked homodimer
Protein/Peptide Type
Recombinant Proteins
>95%, by SDS-PAGE visualized with Silver Staining and quantitative densitometry by Coomassie® Blue Staining.
Endotoxin Note
<0.01 EU per 1 μg of the protein by the LAL method.


Theoretical MW
13 kDa (monomer).
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.
22-25 kDa, reducing conditions
37-41 kDa, non-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, -70 °C under sterile conditions after reconstitution.
Lyophilized from a 0.2 μm filtered solution in Acetonitrile and TFA with BSA as a carrier protein.
>95%, by SDS-PAGE visualized with Silver Staining and quantitative densitometry by Coomassie® Blue Staining.
Reconstitution Instructions
Reconstitute at 50-200 μg/mL in sterile 4 mM HCl containing at least 0.1% human or bovine serum albumin.


This product is produced by and ships from R&D Systems, Inc., a Bio-Techne brand.

Alternate Names for Recombinant Human BMP-4 Protein

  • BMP2B
  • BMP-2B
  • BMP2B1
  • BMP4
  • BMP-4
  • Bone morphogenetic protein 2B
  • bone morphogenetic protein 4
  • DVR4
  • MCOPS6
  • OFC11
  • ZYME


BMP-4 is a TGF-beta superfamily ligand that is widely expressed from early embryogenesis through adulthood. It plays an important role in mesenchyme formation, epidermal determination, suppression of neural induction, the development of multiple organs, and tissue repair (1-5). The human BMP-4 precursor contains a 273 amino acid (aa) propeptide and a 116 aa mature protein (6). Processing of the propeptide by furin or proprotein convertase 6 enables the formation of the mature disulfide-linked homodimeric BMP-4 and facilitates its secretion. Similar intracellular processes may lead to the formation and recreation of BMP4/BMP7
disulfide-linked heterodimer (7-9). Mature human and mouse BMP-4 share 98% aa sequence identity. Human BMP-4 shares 85% aa sequence identity with human BMP-2 and less than 50% with other human BMPs. Compared to BMP-4 homodimers, BMP-4/BMP-7 heterodimers exhibit a greater potency in inducing osteogenic differentiation (9). In Xenopus, the heterodimers can also induce the formation of mesoderm, whereas BMP-4 homodimers only provide ventralizing signals for existing mesoderm (10). BMP-4 signals through tetrameric complexes composed of type I (primarily Activin RIA or BMPR-IA) and type II (primarily Activin RIIA or BMPR-II) receptors (11, 12). The bioavailability of BMP-4 is regulated by its interaction with multiple proteins and glycosaminoglycans (13-15).


  1. Zhang, P. et al. (2008) Blood 111:1933.
  2. Gambaro, K. et al. (2006) Cell Death Differ. 13:1075.
  3. Simic, P. and S. Vukicevic (2005) Cytokine Growth Factor Rev. 16:299.
  4. Sadlon, T.J. et al. (2004) Stem Cells 22:457.
  5. Frank, D.B. et al. (2005) Circ. Res. 97:496.
  6. Wozney, J. et al. (1988) Science 242:1528.
  7. Cui, Y. et al. (1998) EMBO J. 17:4735.
  8. Cui, Y. et al. (2001) Genes Dev. 15:2797.
  9. Aono, A. et al. (1995) Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 210:670.
  10. Nishimatsu, S. and G.H. Thomsen (1998) Mech. Dev. 74:75.
  11. Chen, D. et al. (2004) Growth Factors 22:233.
  12. Lavery, K. et al. (2008) J. Biol. Chem. April 24 epub.
  13. Rosen, V. (2006) Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1068:19.
  14. Jones, C.M. and J.C. Smith (1998) Dev. Biol. 194:12.
  15. Takada, T. et al. (2003) J. Biol. Chem. 278:43229.

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Publications for BMP-4 (314-BP)(352)

We have publications tested in 14 confirmed species: Human, Mouse, Rat, Bovine, Chicken, Equine, Ovine, Porcine, Primate - Callitrix jacchus (Common Marmoset), Primate - Macaca fascicularis (Crab-eating Monkey or Cynomolgus Macaque), Primate - Macaca nemestrina (Southern Pig-tailed Macaque), Rabbit, Xenopus, Zebrafish.

We have publications tested in 9 applications: Binding Assay, Bioassay, Cell Culture, Differentiation, In Ovo, In Vivo, Surface Plasmon Resonance, Tissue Culture, Western Blot.

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H Liang, P Zhang, HJ Bai, J Huang, HT Yang TATA box-binding protein-related factor 3 drives the mesendoderm specification of human embryonic stem cells by globally interacting with the TATA box of key mesendodermal genes Stem Cell Res Ther, 2020;11(1):196. 2020 [PMID: 32448362] (Cell Culture, Human) Cell Culture Human
K Matsuura, M Wada, K Sakaguchi, Y Matsuhashi, T Shimizu Adequate taylor couette flow-mediated shear stress is useful for dissociating human iPS cell-derived cell aggregates Regen Ther, 2019;12(0):6-13. 2019 [PMID: 31890761] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
D Chen, N Sun, L Hou, R Kim, J Faith, M Aslanyan, Y Tao, Y Zheng, J Fu, W Liu, M Kellis, A Clark Human Primordial Germ Cells Are Specified from Lineage-Primed Progenitors Cell Rep, 2019;29(13):4568-4582.e5. 2019 [PMID: 31875561] (Cell Culture, Human) Cell Culture Human
F Roudnicky, Y Lan, M Friesen, G Dernick, JD Zhang, A Staempfli, N Bordag, A Wagner-Gol, K Christense, M Ebeling, M Graf, M Burcin, CA Meyer, CA Cowan, C Patsch Modeling the Effects of Severe Metabolic Disease by Genome Editing of hPSC-Derived Endothelial Cells Reveals an Inflammatory Phenotype Int J Mol Sci, 2019;20(24):. 2019 [PMID: 31835296] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
A Kuwahara, S Yamasaki, M Mandai, K Watari, K Matsushita, M Fujiwara, Y Hori, Y Hiramine, D Nukaya, M Iwata, A Kishino, M Takahashi, Y Sasai, T Kimura Preconditioning the Initial State of Feeder-free Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Promotes Self-formation of Three-dimensional Retinal Tissue Sci Rep, 2019;9(1):18936. 2019 [PMID: 31831759] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
S Nagel, M Scherr, RAF MacLeod, C Pommerenke, M Koeppel, C Meyer, M Kaufmann, I Dallmann, HG Drexler NKL homeobox gene activities in normal and malignant myeloid cells PLoS ONE, 2019;14(12):e0226212. 2019 [PMID: 31825998] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
A Sahabian, M Sgodda, O Naujok, R Dettmer, J Dahlmann, F Manstein, T Cantz, R Zweigerdt, U Martin, R Olmer Chemically-Defined, Xeno-Free, Scalable Production of hPSC-Derived Definitive Endoderm Aggregates with Multi-Lineage Differentiation Potential Cells, 2019;8(12):. 2019 [PMID: 31817235] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
M Ali, F Kabir, JJ Thomson, Y Ma, C Qiu, M Delannoy, SY Khan, SA Riazuddin Comparative transcriptome analysis of hESC- and iPSC-derived lentoid bodies Sci Rep, 2019;9(1):18552. 2019 [PMID: 31811247] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
A Jacob, M Vedaie, DA Roberts, DC Thomas, C Villacorta, KD Alysandrat, F Hawkins, DN Kotton Derivation of self-renewing lung alveolar epithelial type II cells from human pluripotent stem cells Nat Protoc, 2019;0(0):. 2019 [PMID: 31732721] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
Z Li, F Fang, Q Zhao, H Li, C Xiong Supplementation of vitamin C promotes early germ cell specification from human embryonic stem cells Stem Cell Res Ther, 2019;10(1):324. 2019 [PMID: 31730021] (Cell Culture, Human) Cell Culture Human
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