Whole IgG antibodies are isolated as intact molecules from antisera by immunoaffinity chromatography. They have an Fc portion and two antigen binding Fab portions joined together by disulfide bonds and therefore they are divalent. The average molecular weight is reported to be about 160 kDa. The whole IgG form of antibodies is suitable for the majority of immunodetection procedures and is the most cost effective.
FITC (Fluorescein isothiocyanate) is the form of fluorescein used for conjugation to all of our antibodies and purified proteins, with the exception of streptavidin. Fluorescein conjugates absorb light maximally at 492 nm and fluoresce maximally at 520 nm. Although less bright than other green-fluorescing dyes, FITC is still a widely used fluorophore due to its long history. The major disadvantage of fluorescein is its rapid photobleaching (fading), which can be mitigated by the use of an anti-fading agent in the mounting medium. A better choice for many applications involving FITC is Alexa Fluor® 488 because it is brighter and more photostable.