Polyclonals can be used for Western blot, immunohistochemistry on frozen slices or parrafin fixed tissues. The advantage is that there are more epitopes available in a polyclonal antiserum to detect the proteins than in monoclonal sera.
Cross Reactive Species details
No significant cross reactivity has been observed for this antibody for the tested species. However, note that due to limited knowledge it is impossible to predict with 100% guarantee that the antibody does not corss react with any other species.
Avoid freeze/thaw cycles as they may denaturate the polypeptide chains of the antibody, thus reducing its reactivity, specificity and sensitivity. For antibodies that are in liquid form or reconstituted lyophilized antibodies small amounts could become entrapped on the seal or the walls of the tube. Prior to use briefly centrifuge the vial to gather all the solution on the bottom.
Glutamate receptors mediate most excitatory neurotransmissions in the brain and play an important role in neural plasticity, neural development and neurodegeneration. Ionotropic glutamate receptors are divided into two categories, namely NMDA receptors and kainate/AMPA receptors, both of which contain glutamate-gated, cation-specific ion channels. Kainate/AMPA receptors consist of seven structurally related subunits, designated GluR-1 to -7, and are primarily responsible for fast excitatory neurotransmissions carried out by glutamate. GluR-delta 1 (Glutamate receptor delta-1 subunit), also known as GRID1, is a multi-pass membrane protein that belongs to the kainate/AMPA receptor family and is expressed primarily in the brain. Localized to the cell junction and the postsynaptic cell membrane, GluR-delta 1 functions as a glutamate receptor that regulates synaptic transmissions in the central nervous system (CNS) and is thought to play an important role in synaptic plasticity. Defects in the gene encoding GluR-delta 1 are associated with schizophrenia, a chronic and severe brain disorder.