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Product Name Anti-GCN2 Antibody
SKU/Catalog Number PA2028
Description Rabbit IgG polyclonal antibody for eIF-2-alpha kinase GCN2(EIF2AK4) detection. Tested with WB in Mouse;Rat.
Cite This Product Anti-GCN2 Antibody (Boster Biological Technology, Pleasanton CA, USA, Catalog # PA2028)
Replacement Item This antibody may replace the following items: sc-374609|sc-46338|sc-46341|sc-66902 from Santa Cruz Biotechnology.
Host Rabbit
Isotype N/A
Validated Species Mouse, Rat
Predicted Species Hamster

*This antibody is predicted to react with the above species based on antigen sequence similarities. Our Boster Guarantee covers the use of this product with the above species.

Application WB

*Our Boster Guarantee covers the use of this product in the above tested applications.

**For positive and negative control design, consult "Tissue specificity" under Protein Target Info.

Recommended Detection Systems Boster recommends Enhanced Chemiluminescent Kit with anti-Rabbit IgG (EK1002) for Western blot.
*Blocking peptide can be purchased at $50. Contact us for more information
**Boster also offers various secondary antibodies for Immunoflourescecne and IHC. Take advantage of the buy 1 primary antibody get 1 secondary antibody for free promotion for the entire year 2017!
Immunogen A synthetic peptide corresponding to a sequence in the middle region of mouse GCN2(868-886aa ATDHLAFTAEGKQDDQAGD), different from the related rat sequence by one amino acid.
Cross Reactivity No cross reactivity with other proteins
Pack Size 100μg/vial


Clonality Polyclonal
Form Lyophilized
Contents Each vial contains 5mg BSA, 0.9mg NaCl, 0.2mg Na2HPO4, 0.05mg Thimerosal, 0.05mg NaN3.
*carrier free antibody available upon request.
Concentration Add 0.2ml of distilled water will yield a concentration of 500ug/ml.
Storage At -20°C for one year. After reconstitution, at 4°C for one month. It can also be aliquotted and stored frozen at -20°C for a longer time.Avoid repeated freezing and thawing.
Purification Immunogen affinity purified.
Isotype N/A

Protein Target Info (Source:

You can check the tissue specificity below for information on selecting positive and negative control.

Gene Name Eif2ak4
Protein Name eIF-2-alpha kinase GCN2
Molecular Weight 186487 MW
Protein Function Can phosphorylate the alpha subunit of EIF2 and may mediate translational control.
Tissue Specificity Expressed in liver (at protein level). Widely expressed, with the highest levels in the liver and the brain. Isoform 4 is expressed in brain followed by testis and liver and isoform 3 is expressed only in brain. .
Sequence Similarities Belongs to the protein kinase superfamily. Ser/Thr protein kinase family. GCN2 subfamily.
Uniprot ID Q9QZ05
Alternative Names Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2-alpha kinase 4;;GCN2-like protein;mGCN2;Eif2ak4;Gcn2, Kiaa1338;
Research Areas |epigenetics and nuclear signaling|dna / rna|translation|regulation| signal transduction|protein phosphorylation|ser / thr kinases|other kinases|
*if product is indicated to react with multiple species, protein info is based on the human gene.

Background for eIF-2-alpha kinase GCN2

EIF2AK4(Eukaryotic Translation Initiation Factor 2-Alpha Kinase 4), also called GCN2, is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the EIF2AK4 gene. EIF2AK4 belongs to a family of kinases that phosphorylate the alpha subunit of eukaryotic translation initiation factor-2 to downregulate protein synthesis in response to varied cellular stresses. Hartz(2005) mapped the EIF2AK4 gene to chromosome 15q15.1 based on an alignment of the EIF2AK4 sequence with the genomic sequence. Berlanga et al.(1999) demonstrated that Gcn2 immunopurified from mouse liver extracts could phosphorylate rabbit Eif2 in vitro. Serum starvation increased the level of phosphorylated EIF2-alpha more than 2-fold in human embryonic kidney cells transfected with mouse Eif2ak4. Costa-Mattioli et al.(2005) reported a unique feature of hippocampal slices from Gcn2-null mice: in CA1, a single 100-Hz train induced a strong and sustained long-term potentiation(late LTP or L-LTP), which was dependent on transcription and translation.

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Anti-GCN2 Antibody
Anti-GCN2 antibody, PA2028, Western blotting
Recombinant Protein Detection Source: E.coli derived -recombinant Mouse EIF2AK4, 35.3KD (162aa tag+ E801-R954)
Lane 1: Recombinant Mouse EIF2AK4 Protein 10ng
Lane 2: Recombinant Mouse EIF2AK4 Protein 5ng
Lane 3: Recombinant Mouse EIF2AK4 Protein 2.5ng
Lane 4: Recombinant Mouse EIF2AK4 Protein 1.25ng
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Customer Q&As

Q: Do you offer BSA-free antibodies? Keyword: Bovine serum albumin, carrier protein, conjugation
A: Yes, please contact us at for more information about BSA-free antibodies and availability. The new BSA-free formula uses trehalose as a replacement to BSA. We have tested many alternative chemicals and found that trehalose protects the antibodies the best.
Q: Is your western blot protocol provided from the website applicable for all your antibodies? Keyword: applications, WB
A: The protocol is applicable for all our antibodies in WB, the NC Membrane(0.45μm or 0.22μm) and transfer time(70 mins or 50 mins) depends on the protein molecular weight, details can be found in included protocol.
Q: Can I conjugate markers to this antibody? Can I link custom conjugates to this antibody? Keyword: conjugation
A: The antibody is stored with BSA and cannot be conjugated with markers. Carrier free antibodies are available upon request. Please contact
Q: What should I use for negative control?
A: Please contact us for negative control suggestions. You can also check expression databases such as genecards, uniprot etc. Due to logistic reasons, we do not sell serum or lysates that we use internally for positive or negative control.
Q: Where can I find troubleshooting information? What should I do if I have unexpected bands, high background, no signal, weak signal
A: You can find Boster's troubleshoot guides under tech support tab. Please contact us for further assistance on troubleshooting your experiment.
Q: What is the immunogen sequence of this antibody? Is this antibody polyclonal or monoclonal?
A: You can find the immunogen sequence under "Immunogen" and clonality in the product name.
Q: What is the expected band size? Why is it different than the observed band size?
A: The expected band size is predicted on the size of the protein. The actual band size may be affected by a few other factors including but not limited to:
1. Post-translational modification:phosphorylation, methylation, glycosylation etc. These modifications prevent SDS molecules from binding to the target protein and thus make the band size appear larger than expected
2. Post-translational cleavage: this can cause smaller bands and or multiple bands

3. Alternative splicing: the same gene can have alternative splicing patterns generating different size proteins, all with reactivities to the antibody.

4. Amino Acid R chain charge: SDS binds to positive charges. The different size and charge of the Amino Acid side chains can affect the amount of SDS binding and thus affect the observed band size.
5. Multimers: Multimers are usually broken up in reducing conditions. However if the interactions between the multimers are strong, the band may appear higher.,
Q: What is the suggested dilution ratio for Western Blot (WB), Immunohistochemistry (IHC) and or ELISA standards? What is the optimal pH for the sample?
A: Check the datasheet for the product for details on dilution ratios for different experiments. You can find the datasheet button on the right side of the product page.
Q: What is the protocol you used for your Western blotting (WB) and Immunohistochemistry (IHC)?
A: Check our protocols under the tech support tab.