DBH (Dopamine-beta-Hydroxylase) Antibody


Product ID: 22806

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The antibody has a proven strong biotin-streptavidin/HRP staining at a 1/2000 – 1/4000 dilution in rat brainstem, cerebellum and adrenal medulla.

The above image is of DBH positive neurons in rat brainstem,  vibratome sectioned, ABC / DAB detection.

Using Western blot of purified DBH the antiserum detects a triplet at approximately 72-74 kD. Optimal dilution will vary depending upon fixation, labeling technique and/or detection system; therefore, a dilution series is recommended.

Photo Description: IHC image of neurons staining for DBH in the rat brainstem. The tissue was fixed with 4% formaldehyde/0.05% glutaraldehyde in 0.1 M phosphate buffer, before being removed and prepared for vibratome sectioning. Floating sections were incubated at RT in 10% goat serum in PBS, before standard IHC procedure. Primary antibody was incubated at 1:4000 for 48 hours, goat anti-rabbit secondary was subsequently added for 1 hour after washing with PBS. Light microscopy staining was achieved with standard biotin-streptavidin/HRP procedure and DAB chromogen.

Host: Rabbit

Quantity / Volume:  100 µL

State: Lyophilized Whole Serum

Species Reactivity: Bird, Cat, Ferret, Finch, Guinea Pig, Hamster, Hatchetfish, Human, Ilyanassa Obsoleta (Sea Snail), Monkey, Mouse, Pig, Quail, Rat, Sparrow, Starling, Steer (Cattle), Turkey, Turtle, Zebra Finch

Availability: In Stock

Alternate Names:  DBM; DOPO; Dopamine beta-monooxygenase, anti-DBH

RRID:  AB_572229

Immunogen: Bovine DBH

Gene Symbol:  DBH

Database Links:
Entrez Gene:  101082957   Cat
Entrez Gene:  101687995   Ferrett
Entrez Gene:  102038113   Finch
Entrez Gene:  100727873   Guuinea Pag
Entrez Gene:  100761411   Hamster
Entrez Gene:  1621            Human
Entrez Gene:  574105        Monkey
Entrez Gene:  13166          Mouse
Entrez Gene:  733609        Pig
Entrez Gene:  107321868  Quail
Entrez Gene: 25699           Rat
Entrez Gene: 102067155   Sparrow
Entrez Gene: 106851290   Starling
Entrez Gene:  280758       Steer (Cattle)
Entrez Gene: 100544779   Turkey
Entrez Gene: 102455557   Turtle
Entrez Gene: 100224356   Zebra Finch (Bird)

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KO validated in mouse brain

Antibody worked very well at 1:2000 for fluorescent IHC (free-floating).

40 um mouse brain sections (perfused, PFA fixed) were incubated overnight in 5% NGS/ 0.1% Triton-X PBS blocking serum. Brain sections at the level of the locus coeruleus (LC) from control and DBH KO mice were compared. Primary antibody binding was detected with goat anti-rabbit AlexaFLuor 488, and produced no signal in the LC of DBH KO animals but brightly labeled LC cell bodies in controls.

Submitted by Daniel Lustber, Emory University on 08/20/2021


DBH Antibody Worked Beautifully

Mouse hearts were perfused with PBS (pH 7.4) at RT, followed by cold fixative (4% paraformaldehyde + 0.2% picric acid in PBS). Tissues were fixed again for 2h at 4°C in cold 20% sucrose/PBS, and sectioned in a microtome. Slides was wrapped in aluminum foil and stored at −20°C.

Slide-mounted heart tissue sections were washed 3 x 5 min in 0.1M PBS, permeabilized with 0.4% Triton X-100 plus 0.5% BSA for 20 min. Tissues were then incubated overnight with DBH antibody (1:1000 dilution), washed four times with 0.1M PBS (10 min each), permeabilized with 0.4% Triton X-100 + 0.5% BSA, and incubated for 1.5h with a secondary antibody. After washing, labeled tissue sections were viewed under a confocal microscope system.

Labelled tissue sections showed clear labeling while the negative control sections (with our DBH antibody) showed only background fluorescence. This DBH antibody worked beautifully in our experiments!

Jason Zhang, Project Scientist
University of California- San Diego

Very nice antibody

We used 22806 in rat tissue.Brains were fixed using 4% paraformaldehyde, saturated in 30% sucrose and stored at -80. Brains were sectioned at 40 um using a freezing/sliding microtome and sections were stored in cryoprotectant at -20.
The antibody clearly labeled fiber innervation in the cortical areas and innervation was easily measured via stereology. Brains were incubated overnight at RT at 1:500 in TBST +1% Goat Serum after blocking in 10% Serum in TBST.
Vector biotinylated anti-rabbit was then used at a 1:500 dilution in TBST. After 1 hr ABC incubation, antibody was detected with DAB Nickel with a 10 minute development.Submitted by:
Sarah Kelly
PhD Candidate
Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine
Michigan State University

Very happy with the results

We used rabbit anti-bovine DBH (#22806) in an ICC Zenk protocol with sectioned zebra finch brain tissue and were very happy with the results. The antibody provided clear staining with minimal background. The antibody clearly labeled neuron bodies as well as tracks.

Our protocol followed Sockman & Salvante 2007. Zebra finch brains were fixed using 4% paraformaldehyde, saturated in 30% sucrose and stored at -80. Brains were sectioned at 40 um using a cryostat and sections were stored in cryoprotectant at -20.


1. 3×5 min wash in PBS
2. 15 min incubation in 0.1% sodium borohydride
3. 3×5 min wash in PBS
4. 30 min incubation in 0.5% H2O2 in PBS
5. 3×5 min was in 0.3% PBST
6. 1 hr incubation in 20% normal goat serum
7. 15 min incubation in Aviden solution
8. 3×5 min wash in 0.3% PBST
9. 15 min incubation in Biotin
10. 3×5 min wash in 0.3% PBST
11. 48 hr incubation at 4˚C at 1:16,000 in PBSTN


1. 1 hour incubation in secondary antibody at RT
2. Visualize using ABC kit and DAB
3. Dehydrate and coverslip

Submitted by:

Kendra Sewall, PhD
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech

Antibody Worked Very Well

We tried the rabbit anti-dopamine-beta-hydroxylase antibody in ferret tissues, more specifically on brainstem tissues. Ferrets were perfused with saline followed by 4% paraformaldehyde and postfixed for 12 hours.

We used 1:500 dilution of DBH antibody and stained with Alexa 594 as a secondary antibody. The citation of the antibody has been published in the following article:

Allergic lung inflammation affects central noradrenergic control of cholinergic outflow to the airways in ferrets. Wilson CG, Akhter S, Mayer CA, Kc P, Balan KV, Ernsberger P, Haxhiu MA. J Appl Physiol. 2007 Dec;103(6):2095-104. Epub 2007 Sep 13. PMID:17872402[PubMed]

Submitted by:

Prabha Kc, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Case Western Reserve University
Department of Pediatrics
Cleveland, OH

Detected small fibers with very little background

Animals were briefly anesthetized with pentobarbital (200mg/kg) followed by transcardial perfusion with 200 ml heparinized saline and 500 ml Zamboni fixative. Brains were then removed and stored in 30% sucrose until further processing.


Brains were frozen and cut at 50 µm thick sections using a cryostat.

Free-floating sections were first washed with PBS and then pretreated with a solution of 50% methanol, 0.3% hydrogen peroxide in PBS for 1 hour.

Blocking Solution: 1% triton-X 100, 2% fetal bovine serum in .1 M PBS for at least 1 hour at room temperature.

Dilutent for primary and secondary antibodies: 0.5% triton-X 100, 2% fetal bovine serum in .1 M PBS at

Primary dilution 1:5000 overnight at 4°C
Secondary Alexa 488 (Life Technologies) 1:500 in dilutent for 1 hour

Sections were washed thoroughly in .1 M PBS following detection, coverslipped and mounted with Vectashield mounting medium (Vector Labs)

This antibody detected small fibers within the cortex, central amygdala and various nuclei of the thalamus and hypothalamus with very little background.

Note: The time which animals spend under anesthesia will affect the level of expression in the thalamus/hypothalamus regions.

Review submitted by:

Vanessa M. Kainz
Research Associate
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

High quality antibody

I used the DBH antibody and the results showed very nice staining and no background.

Zebra finch brain tissue
Flash frozen and stored at -80 degrees
Sectioned at 20 um on cryostat and placed on superfrost plus slides.
Slides stored at -80 degrees until processing.
4% paraformaldehyde -15 min @ RT (room temperature)
3 X 5 min washes in 1X PBS @ RT
0.9% H2O2 in methanol-15 min @RT
3 X 5 min washes in 1XPBS @ RT
10% normal goat serum – 1 hour @ RT

Primary antibody incubation: overnight @ 4 degrees
1 ul/ml antibody
10% normal goat serum

Secondary antibody – 90 min @ RT

Visualize using ABC kit (Vector) and DAB
Dehydrate and coverslip.

Review submitted by:

Juli S. Wade, PhD
Yu-Ping Tang, PhD
Neuroscience Program
Michigan State University