Releasable antibodies for label-free cells after cell sorting

  • The next step of flexibility in cell sorting
  • Label-free cells for specific downstream applications
  • Recombinantly engineered for reproducible results

An award-winning technology

Our REAlease® Releasable Antibodies were awarded with the technology prize at the Pharmaceutical Flow Cytometry & Imaging 2018 conference in Stevenage, UK. Delegates of the European Laboratory Research & Innovation Group (ELRIG) nominated our technology, underlining its importance for biotechnology and pharmaceutical research.

The basic principle

The benefits

• Epitope of a marker becomes available again for downstream applications that require free epitopes (e.g. cell culture experiments and cell analysis)
• Fluorescence channel becomes available again for relabeling (e.g. microscopy applications)
• Sequential flow sorting cycles for the isolation of specific cell subsets

The principle of releasable antibody fluorochrome conjugates.

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The basic principle

REAlease Releasable Antibodies allow for the removal of any labels from cells after cell sorting in just one simple step.

The technology relies on recombinantly engineered antibody fragments that are, unlike conventional antibodies, characterized by low epitope binding affinities.

A novel covalent conjugation approach allows for multimerization and fluorescent labeling of these antibody fragments. They form the so called REAlease Fluorochrome Complex which facilitates high-avidity cell binding that is comparable to conventional fluorochrome conjugates.

This novel and innovative conjugation chemistry allows for fast removal of the REAlease Fluorochrome Complex from the cell surface by adding the REAlease Release Reagent after cell sorting. This leads to disruption of the complex and thereby results in monomerization of the antibody fragments.

Due to their engineered low binding affinity, they spontaneously dissociate from the cell surface.

As a result, label-free cells can be obtained after cell sorting providing maximal flexibility for a wide range of applications.





Performance data of REAlease Releasable Antibodies

Staining and release performance of REAlease Antibodies.
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Uncompromised fluorescent antibody staining and efficient label release from target cells

The staining performance of REAlease Antibodies is equivalent to conventional antibodies with comparable brightness and low non-specific binding.

The removal of REAlease Antibodies is highly efficient and selective with no detectable fluorescence signal remaining after the release step.

Additionally, the labeling efficiency in the relabeling step is equivalent to the initial staining demonstrating that epitopes become completely available again.

For release and relabel with REAlease Antibodies refer to the REAlease Support Kit.

Multiparameter immunofluorescent labeling of T cell subsets with REAlease Rleasable Antibodies

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Multiparameter immunofluorescent labeling and release 

The new covalent conjugation chemistry of the fluorochrome conjugates allows a reversible multi-parameter cell labeling.

To demonstrate the versatility of this technology, we developed REAlease Fluorochrome Conjugates for several cell markers that can be used for multiparameter panel stainings of e.g. pan T cells.

In this example, five-parameter cell labeling of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) with REAlease Fluorochrome Conjugates allows for clear definition and discrimination of T cell subsets.

After the addition of the REAlease Release Reagent all fluorochrome conjugates can efficiently be released.


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REAlease Antibody Technology – The next step of flexibility in cell sorting

In just one simple step, REAlease Releasable Antibodies allow for the removal of any labels from cells after cell sorting. Watch this video to find out step-by-step how the technology works and how you can use it to be more flexible in your downstream applications after cell sorting.

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REAlease Antibody Technology for label free cells after cell sorting

In this webinar learn about our REAlease Releasable Antibodies. In just one step, they allow for for removal of any labels from cells after cell sorting. 


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REAlease Antibody Technology

Label-free cells after cell sorting for maximal flexibility


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Scientific poster
REAlease Antibody Technology for multiparameter cell sorting

Jennifer Pankratz¹, Sabine Schmachtenberg¹, Anna Bergmann¹, Nicole Jansen¹, Susanne Krauthäuser¹, Marco Vahldieck1 , Andrea Völkel¹, Christiane Siewert¹, Esther Schiminsky¹, Petra Bacher², Thordis Hohnstein2, Svenja Meiler¹, and Christian Dose¹

¹Miltenyi Biotec B.V. & Co. KG, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany | ²Department of Cellular Immunology, Clinic for Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Charité - University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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REAlease Technology: Controlled release of antibody-fluorochrome conjugates for maximal flexibility in flow sorting and fluorescence microscopy applications

Jennifer Pankratz, Sabine Schmachtenberg, Nicole Jansen, Marie Hansen, Susanne Krauthäuser, Ali Kinkhabwala, Karolina Schlegel, Svenja Meiler, Christiane Siewert, Alina Bartholomäus, Nicole Susan Eckardt, Claudia Reinhard, Lara Minnerup, Vanessa Schmitz, Dmytro A. Yushchenko, and Christian Dose 

Miltenyi Biotec B.V. & Co. KG, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

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