Recombinant Human GDNF Protein


Recombinant Human GDNF (Catalog # 212‑GD) induces SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cell proliferation in the presence of Recombinant Human GFR alpha ‑1 Fc Chimera (Catalog # 714‑GR). The activity is approximately more
1 μg/lane of Recombinant Human GDNF was resolved with SDS-PAGE under reducing (R) and non-reducing (NR) conditions and visualized by silver staining, showing single bands at 17 kDa and 34 kDa, respectively.

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Recombinant Human GDNF Protein Summary

Details of Functionality
Measured in a cell proliferation assay using SH‑SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells. The ED50 for this effect is 2‑12 ng/mL in the presence of Recombinant Human GFR alpha ‑1/GDNF R alpha ‑1 Fc Chimera (Catalog # 714‑GR).
The specific activity of recombinant human GDNF is approximately 3.1 x 103 units/μg, which is calibrated against recombinant human GDNF Reference Standard (NIBSC code: 09/266).   Specific activity is for reference purposes only and is not routinely tested.   Measured by its binding ability in a functional ELISA. Immobilized Recombinant Human GFR alpha ‑1/GDNF R alpha ‑1 Fc Chimera (Catalog # 714-GR) at 1 µg/mL can bind Recombinant Human GDNF with an apparent K<1 nM.
Mouse myeloma cell line, NS0-derived human GDNF protein
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N-terminal Sequence
Structure / Form
Disulfide-linked homodimer
Protein/Peptide Type
Recombinant Proteins
>97%, by SDS-PAGE under reducing conditions and visualized by silver stain.
Endotoxin Note
<1.0 EU per 1 μg of the protein by the LAL method.


Theoretical MW
11.6 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.
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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 PBS with BSA as a carrier protein.
>97%, by SDS-PAGE under reducing conditions and visualized by silver stain.
Reconstitution Instructions
Reconstitute at 100 μg/mL in sterile PBS containing at least 0.1% human or bovine serum albumin.


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Alternate Names for Recombinant Human GDNF Protein

  • Astrocyte-derived trophic factor
  • ATF
  • ATF1
  • ATF2
  • GDNF
  • glial cell derived neurotrophic factor
  • glial cell line derived neurotrophic factor
  • glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor
  • HSCR3


Glial Cell Line-derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) is a neurotrophic factor that has been shown to promote the survival of various neuronal subpopulations in both the central as well as the peripheral nervous systems at different stages of their development. Neuronal subpopulations that have been shown to be affected by GDNF include motoneurons, midbrain dopaminergic neurons, Purkinje cells and sympathetic neurons.

Native GDNF, a disulfide-linked homodimeric glycoprotein, is a novel member of the TGF-beta  superfamily. Human GDNF cDNA encodes a 211 amino acid residue prepropeptide that is processed to yield a dimeric protein. Mature human GDNF was predicted to contain two 134 amino acid residue subunits. NS0 expressed mature human GDNF lacks 31 residues from the amino-terminus of the predicted sequence. This glycosylated recombinant mature human GDNF still contains the seven conserved Cys residues found in all members of the TGF-beta superfamily and is biologically active. The GDNF sequence contains two potential glycosylation sites and insect cell‑expressed recombinant rat GDNF proteins are glycosylated. Mature rat and human GDNF exhibit approximately 93% amino acid sequence identity and show considerable species cross-reactivity. Cells known to express GDNF include Sertoli cells, type 1 astrocytes, Schwann cells, neurons, pinealocytes and skeletal muscle cells.

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Publications for GDNF (212-GD)(123)

We have publications tested in 9 confirmed species: Human, Mouse, Rat, Bacteria, Chicken, Guinea Pig, Porcine, Rabbit, Synthetic.

We have publications tested in 6 applications: Bioassay, Cell Culture, Differentiation, ELISA (Capture), In Vivo, Surface Plasmon Resonance.

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B Calamini, N Geyer, N Huss-Braun, A Bernhardt, V Harsany, P Rival, M Cindhuchao, D Hoffmann, S Gratzer Development of a physiologically relevant and easily scalable LUHMES cell-based model of G2019S LRRK2 driven parkinson&#039;s disease Disease Models & Mechanisms, 2021;0(0):. 2021 [PMID: 33955449] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
J Mertens, JR Herdy, L Traxler, ST Schafer, JCM Schlachetz, L Böhnke, DA Reid, H Lee, D Zangwill, DP Fernandes, RK Agarwal, R Lucciola, L Zhou-Yang, L Karbacher, F Edenhofer, S Stern, S Horvath, ACM Paquola, CK Glass, SH Yuan, M Ku, A Szücs, LSB Goldstein, D Galasko, FH Gage Age-dependent instability of mature neuronal fate in induced neurons from Alzheimer&#039;s patients Cell Stem Cell, 2021;0(0):. 2021 [PMID: 33910058] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
X Dong, L Yang, K Liu, X Ji, C Tang, W Li, L Ma, Y Mei, T Peng, B Feng, Z Wu, Q Tang, Y Gao, K Yan, W Zhou, M Xiong Transcriptional networks identify synaptotagmin-like 3 as a regulator of cortical neuronal migration during early neurodevelopment Cell Reports, 2021;34(9):108802. 2021 [PMID: 33657377] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
L Honkamäki, T Joki, NA Grigoryev, K Levon, L Ylä-Outine, S Narkilahti Novel method to produce a layered 3D scaffold for human pluripotent stem cell-derived neuronal cells Journal of neuroscience methods, 2020;350(0):109043. 2020 [PMID: 33345946] (Human) Human
S Lito, A Sidibe, S Ilmjarv, P Burda, M Baumgartne, B Wehrle-Hal, KH Krause, A Marteyn Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells to Understand Mucopolysaccharidosis. I: Demonstration of a Migration Defect in Neural Precursors Cells, 2020;9(12):. 2020 [PMID: 33287330] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
J Giacomoni, A Bruzelius, CA Stamouli, D Rylander O Direct Conversion of Human Stem Cell-Derived Glial Progenitor Cells into GABAergic Interneurons Cells, 2020;9(11):. 2020 [PMID: 33182669] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
N Ramesh, EL Daley, AM Gleixner, JR Mann, S Kour, D Mawrie, EN Anderson, J Kofler, CJ Donnelly, E Kiskinis, UB Pandey RNA dependent suppression of C9orf72 ALS/FTD associated neurodegeneration by Matrin-3 Acta Neuropathol Commun, 2020;8(1):177. 2020 [PMID: 33129345] (Cell Culture, Human) Cell Culture Human
Y Kwon, Y Bang, SH Moon, A Kim, HJ Choi Amitriptyline interferes with autophagy-mediated clearance of protein aggregates via inhibiting autophagosome maturation in neuronal cells Cell Death Dis, 2020;11(10):874. 2020 [PMID: 33070168] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
JW Kim, X Yin, A Jhaldiyal, MR Khan, I Martin, Z Xie, T Perez-Rose, M Kumar, L Abalde-Atr, J Xu, L Chen, SM Eacker, DJ Surmeier, NT Ingolia, TM Dawson, VL Dawson Defects in mRNA Translation in LRRK2-Mutant hiPSC-Derived Dopaminergic Neurons Lead to Dysregulated Calcium Homeostasis Cell Stem Cell, 2020;27(4):633-645.e7. 2020 [PMID: 32846140] (Bioassay, Human) Bioassay Human
KM Prautsch, A Schmidt, V Paradiso, DJ Schaefer, R Guzman, DF Kalbermatt, S Madduri Modulation of Human Adipose Stem Cells&#039; Neurotrophic Capacity Using a Variety of Growth Factors for Neural Tissue Engineering Applications: Axonal Growth, Transcriptional, and Phosphoproteomic Analyses In Vitro Cells, 2020;9(9):. 2020 [PMID: 32839392] (Cell Culture, Human) Cell Culture Human
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