Recombinant Human IGF-I (Animal-Free)

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Other Names
Insulin-like growth factor I, somatomedin C, Nonsuppressible insulin-like activity I (NSILA-I)
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IGF-I (insulin-like growth factor 1), initially described in 1957, is a hormone that is important in childhood growth and also has anabolic effects in adults. It is a member of the IGF family that is comprised of three members: IGF-I, IGF-II, and insulin. IGF-I and IGF-II share approximately 50% similarity with insulin at the amino acid level. Human IGF-I is synthesized as a 191 amino acid prepro-IGF-I; pro-IGF-I is processed to the mature, active protein, and this procedure requires glucose regulating protein 94 (GRP94) that possesses chaperone activity towards IGF-I. Deletion of muscle GRP94 impairs muscle and body growth by inhibiting local production of IGF proteins. Seven IGF binding proteins have been described (IGFBP-1 to -7). IGFBPs extend the half life and regulate the availability of IGF-I and IGF-II. It has been described that IGFBP3 is the main circulating binding protein for IGFs; in serum, approximately 75% of circulating IGF-I and IGF-II bind to IGFBP3 and the co-carrier acid labile subunit (ALS). IGF-I binds to three receptors, and the binding to IGFIR promotes cell proliferation, survival, differentiation, and migration. IGF-I deficiency is associated to growth hormone insensitivity syndrome (GHIS) also called Laron syndrome, liver cirrhosis, age-related cardiovascular and neurological diseases, and intrauterine growth restriction.

Product Details
Technical Data Sheet (pdf)

Product Details

Human IGF-I, amino acids GLy49-Ala118 (Accession# P05019), was expressed in E. coli.
Molecular Mass
The 70 amino acid recombinant protein has a predicted molecular mass of approximately 7.6 KD. The predicted N-terminal amino acid is Gly.
>98%, as determined by Coomassie stained SDS-PAGE and HPLC analysis.
Lyophilized, carrier-free.
Endotoxin Level
Less than 0.1 ng per µg of protein.
Storage & Handling
Unopened vial can be stored at -20°C or -70°C. For maximum results, quick spin vial prior to opening. Reconstitute in water to a concentration of 0.1-1.0 mg/ml. Do not vortex. It is recommended to further dilute in a buffer, such as 5% Trehalose, and store working aliquots at -20°C to -80°C. Avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles.
The ED50 was determined by a cell proliferation assay using FDC-P1 cells is ≤ 2.0 ng/ml, corresponding to a specific activity of ≥ 5 x 105 units/mg.


Product Citations
  1. Goldspink DA, et al. 2020. Cell Rep. 31:107833. PubMed

Antigen Details

Growth factor
IGF-I is mainly produced by liver. Other cells including astrocyte, microglia, intestinal smooth muscle, myoblast, and NK cells can also produce IGF-I. Plasma IGF-I is maily released by liver.
IGF-I induces mitogenesis, proliferation, growth, differentiation, and angiogenesis. IGF-I is a mediator of growth hormone action. IGF-I is involved in neuronal myoblast proliferation and differentiation, and organ development. IGF-I promotes NK cell development and cytotoxic activity in NK cells.
Neuronal cells, myoblast, T cells, B cells, NK cells.
IGF-I receptor, Insulin receptor isoform A, and IGF-II receptor (M-6-P-R).
Cell Type
Neural Stem Cells, Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Hematopoietic stem and progenitors, Embryonic Stem Cells
Biology Area
Cell Biology, Signal Transduction, Stem Cells
Molecular Family
Growth Factors, Cytokines/Chemokines
Antigen References

1. Bell GI, et al. 1984. Nature 310:775.
2. Karey KP and Sirbasku DA. 1988. Cancer Res. 48:4083.
3. Mohan S and Baylink DJ. 2002. J. Endocrinol. 175:19.
4. Ostrovsky O, et al. 2010. Biochim. Biophys. Acta. 1803:333.
5. Barton ER, et al. 2012. FASEB. J. 26:3691.
6. Puche JE and Castilla-Cortázar I. 2012. J. Transl. Med. 10:224.
7. Ni F, et al. 2013. Nat. Commun. 4:1479.

Gene ID
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How does the activity of your recombinant proteins compare to competitors?

We quality control each and every lot of recombinant protein. Not only do we check its bioactivity, but we also compare it against other commercially available recombinant proteins. We make sure each recombinant protein’s activity is at least as good as or better than the competition’s. In order to provide you with the best possible product, we ensure that our testing process is rigorous and thorough. If you’re curious and eager to make the switch to BioLegend recombinants, contact your sales representative today!

What is the specific activity or ED50 of my recombinant protein?

The specific activity range of the protein is indicated on the product datasheets. Because the exact activity values on a per unit basis can largely fluctuate depending on a number of factors, including the nature of the assay, cell density, age of cells/passage number, culture media used, and end user technique, the specific activity is best defined as a range and we guarantee the specific activity of all our lots will be within the range indicated on the datasheet. Please note this only applies to recombinants labeled for use in bioassays. ELISA standard recombinant proteins are not recommended for bioassay usage as they are not tested for these applications.

Have your recombinants been tested for stability?

Our testing shows that the recombinant proteins are able to withstand room temperature for a week without losing activity. In addition the recombinant proteins were also found to withstand four cycles of freeze and thaw without losing activity.

Does specific activity of a recombinant protein vary between lots?

Specific activity will vary for each lot and for the type of experiment that is done to validate it, but all passed lots will have activity within the established ED50 range for the product and we guarantee that our products will have lot-to-lot consistency. Please conduct an experiment-specific validation to find the optimal ED50 for your system.

How do you convert activity as an ED50 in ng/ml to a specific activity in Units/mg?

Use formula Specific activity (Units/mg) = 10^6/ ED50 (ng/mL)

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