The GFP-Trap® is a monovalent matrix (agarose or magnetic beads) with GFP-binding proteins coupled to it. GFP-Traps® are ideal for efficient, one-step isolation of fluorescent fusion proteins and their interacting partners (look at the overview diagram below). GFP-Trap®

Why GFP-Traps®?

Fluorescent proteins (FPs) are useful tools for detecting events in living cells and animals. The discovery of the green fluorescent proteins (GFP) in the early 1960s has revolutionized cell biology by enabling scientists to track a wide variety of proteins and enzyme targets in vivo. Fluorescent proteins (FP) can be used as a fluorescent label to track gene expression, nuclear localization and dynamics in cells.

Such in vivo data, however, should ideally be combined with biochemical methods (in vitro) to compliment the cell biological methods. This naturally calls for a reliable and efficient tool, such as the GFP-Trap®, to enable the execution of such biochemical experiments.

GFP-Trap® Technology

The GFP-Traps® are based on antibodies from the Camelidae (camels, dromedaries, llamas and alpacas) family. Camalidae antibodies bind to their antigens via the VHH domains. The VHH domains are small (~13 kDa), chemically stable and have high specificity and high affinities to their antigens. In short, these desirable characteristics make Camelidae antibodies ideal tools for downstream applications using biochemical methods.


  • Pulldowns & Immunoprecipitations (IP / Co-IP)
  • Mass Spectroscopy (MS)
  • Enzyme activity measurements
  • RNA Immunoprecipitation (RIP)
Note: GFP-Trap®: The gold standard for pulldown of GFP-fusion proteins with more than 1,500 publications

GFP-Trap® - Single band purification of GFP


Comparison of GFP-Traps® with conventional mono- and polyclonal antibodies.

Immunoprecipitations (IP) of GFP from protein extracts of human cells. Input (I), flow through (FT) and bound (B) fractions were separated by SDS-PAGE followed by Coomassie staining and Western Blotting. In comparison, IP with GFT-Traps shows no contaminating heavy chain (hc) and light chain (lc) of conventional antibodies. In addition to the GFP®-Trap, there is also the RFP-Trap® available (coupled to agarose or magnetic beads). You may find a manual and additional publications for both variants on our website.

Agarose Nano-Traps®

Magnetic-Agarose Nano-Traps®


Note: Need a binding control to check for unspecific binding? Or do you want to deplete unspecifically binding proteins prior to the pulldown? Try Chromotek´s Blocked Agarose Beads ABIN1082210!



Immunoprecipitation of red fluorescent proteins with RFP-Trap®.

Pulldown of different monomeric red fluorescent proteins, mRFP, mCherry and mOrange from cell extracts of human cells. Input (I), non-bound (FT) and bound (B) fractions were separated by SDS-PAGE followed by Coomassie staining.

Featured RFP Antibodies

Product Clonality Source Application Cat. No. Publications Quantity Relevance ProductGrid: uniqueid
anti-RFP antibody (Red Fluorescent Protein) Monoclonal Mouse ELISA, WB ABIN1607680
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100 μg element-ABIN1607680
anti-RFP antibody (Red Fluorescent Protein) Polyclonal Rabbit ELISA, FACS, IF, IHC, IHC (fro), IHC (p), IP, WB ABIN129578
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100 μL element-ABIN129578
anti-RFP antibody (Red Fluorescent Protein) (Atto 565) Monoclonal Camelid (Camelidae) ICC, IF ABIN4368323
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200 μL element-ABIN4368323