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Labeled probes are shipped dry and can be stored frozen in this state indefinitely. Here are general guidelines for handling and storing probes along with other helpful information.
Probes are best prepared for use and long-term storage by first preparing concentrated stock and diluting the working solution of the probe.
PROBES SHOULD BE SUBJECTED TO A MINIMUM NUMBER OF FREEZE-THAW CYCLES
Prepare the stock and working solutions using one of the following:
The pH of Tris buffers changes significantly with temperature, decreasing approximately 0.028 pH units per 1°C rise in temperature. Tris-buffered solutions should be adjusted to the desired pH at the temperature at which they will be used. Because the pKa of Tris is 8.08, Tris should not be used as a buffer below pH -7.2 or above pH -9.0
Probes should be subjected to a minimum number of freeze-thaw cycles. Therefore, we recommend that you prepare and store microvials each having sufficient material for a day’s set of experiments and freeze at -20°C or -80°C.
When ready to use, bring a sufficient number of aliquots out of the freezer and hold in an ice bucket with a lid to minimize exposure to light until ready for use.
We recommend freezing probes either at -20°C or -80°C. Probes and primers can be stored in this state for over one year.
To ensure optimum activity, fluorescent probes should always be protected from light to avoid photobleaching.
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