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  • CLIP Cell

    CLIP-tag™ is a modified version of SNAP-tag®, engineered to react with benzylcytosine rather than benzylguanine derivative substrates. When used in conjunction with SNAP-tag, CLIP-tag enables the orthogonal and complementary labeling of two proteins simultaneously in the same cells.

    CLIP-tag™ is a trademark of New England Biolabs, Inc.
    SNAP-tag® is a registered trademark of New England Biolabs, Inc.

    1. Fluorescent Labeling of COS-7 Expressing SNAP-tag Fusion Proteins for Live Cell Imaging

      Watch as Chris Provost, of New England Biolabs, performs fluorescent imaging of live COS-7 cells expressing SNAP-tag® fusion proteins.

    2. SNAP-tag Overview Tutorial

      View an interactive tutorial explaining the mechanism of our SNAP-tag® technologies and reagents available for researchers wishing to study the function and localization of proteins in live or fixed cells.

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    Protocols for CLIP Cell


    • Clone and express once, then use with a variety of substrates
    • Non-toxic to living cells
    • Wide selection of fluorescent substrates
    • Highly specific covalent labeling
    • Simultaneous dual labeling


    • Simultaneous dual protein labeling inside live cells
    • Protein localization and translocation
    • Pulse-chase experiments
    • Receptor internalization studies
    • Selective cell surface labeling
    • Protein detection in SDS-PAGE
    • Flow cytometry
    • High throughput binding assays in microtiter plates
    • Biosensor interaction experiments
    • FRET-based binding assays
    • Single molecule labeling
    • Super-resolution microscopy

    Protein Labeling with SNAP-tag and CLIP-tag

    The SNAP- (gold) or CLIP-tag (purple) is fused to the protein of interest (blue). Labeling occurs through covalent attachment to the tag, releasing either a guanine or a cytosine moiety.

    SNAP-tag®, CLIP-tag™ and ACP/MCP-tag Substrate Selection Chart

    NEB offers a large selection of fluorescent labels (substrates) for SNAP-, CLIP-, ACP- and MCP-tag fusion proteins.