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Transferrin human

powder, BioReagent, suitable for cell culture

Siderophilin, partially saturated
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Quality Level

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~25 mM


cell culture | mammalian: suitable


endotoxin, tested
hepatitis and HIV antibody, none detected


H2O: 50 mg/mL

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storage temp.


Gene Information

human ... TF(7018)

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General description

Transferrin is a glycoprotein with a branched carbohydrate chain, having two sites for ferric ion binding in its polypeptide chain.


Transferrin human has been used:
  • to incubate human proximal tubule cells (HKC) - 8 cells along with IgG for the examination of albumin specificity
  • as a supplement in serum-containing/devoid medium for human thyroid cell culture
  • as a target glycoprotein to develop an in-gel hydrazinolysis method

Biochem/physiol Actions

Transferrin mediates iron transportation from plasma to cells. The iron-bound transferrin are of three forms: monoferric A/B transferrin and diferric transferrin. The transferrin binds to specific cell surface receptors and are internalized by endocytosis. Once inside, the iron is released into the cells and the iron-free transferrin, also referred to as apotransferrin, is exocytosed outside the cell without being degraded. Transferrin is known to deliver iron to cells in a physiologically safe and effective form.

Other Notes

Partially iron-saturated

Preparation Note

Heat treated at 60 °C for ten hours.

Analysis Note

Purity by agarose electrophoresis.

Storage Class Code

13 - Non Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

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  5. What is the carbohydrate content of human transferrin?

    We have found the information on transferrin in a reference book:The Plasma Proteins, F.W. Putnam, ed, volume 2, chapter 4, Table II.According to the table, Transferrin is 6 percent carbohydrate, citing G.A. Jamieson, J. Biol. Chem. 240(7), 2914-2920 (1965).The table also gives information on the percentage of each type of monosaccharide that is present.

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Detection of N-glycans on small amounts of glycoproteins in tissue samples and sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gels
Yoshimura T, et al.
Analytical Biochemistry, 423(2), 253-260 (2012)
Non-transferrin bound iron: a key role in iron overload and iron toxicity
Brissot P, et al.
Biochim. Biophys. Acta Gen. Subj., 1820(3), 403-410 (2012)
Martijn F Hoes et al.
European journal of heart failure, 20(5), 910-919 (2018-02-28)
Iron deficiency is common in patients with heart failure and associated with a poor cardiac function and higher mortality. How iron deficiency impairs cardiac function on a cellular level in the human setting is unknown. This study aims to determine
Cells: Molecules and Mechanisms, 174-174 (2009)
A Dautry-Varsat et al.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 80(8), 2258-2262 (1983-04-01)
At pH 5.4 apotransferrin (iron-free transferrin) binds to cell-surface transferrin receptors to the same extent and with the same affinity as does diferric transferrin at pH 7.0. Apotransferrin is quickly dissociated from its receptor when the pH is raised to


Transferrin in Cell Culture

How transferrin and other cell culture components affect the performance of serum-free, protein-free cell culture systems used for biomanufacturing heterologous proteins including monoclonal antibodies. The page introduces the in vitro chemistry and biochemistry of transferrin.

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