Recombinant TdT / DNA Nucleotidylexotransferase (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Marker) [rDNTT/6909]



Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT) is an unusual deoxynucleotide polymerizing enzyme with a molecular weight of about 58 kDa found normally only in B- and T-cell lymphoblasts/prelymphocytes. TdT generates antigen receptor diversity by synthesizing non-germ line elements (N-regions) at the junctions of rearranged Ig heavy chain and T cell receptor gene segments. Rare TdT-positive cells are regularly detected in thymus and bone marrow. Typically, TdT expression in the thymus is very variable from cell to cell since it is rapidly decreased in more mature T-cells. TdT-positive cells may occasionally be found in tonsils, lymph nodes and extranodal lymphoid tissue. Immunohistochemical detection of TdT has value in classification of malignant lymphomas and acute leukemias, particularly for the identification of pre-B and pre-T acute lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoblastic lymphoma (ALL/LBL).

Product Properties & Targets

Species Reactivity
Cellular Localization
Light Chain
Gene Name
Positive Control
Human thymus. Jurkat cells.
Recombinant fragment (around aa1-100) of human DNTT protein (exact sequence is proprietary)
Alternate Names
DNA nucleotidylexotransferase, Terminal addition enzyme, Terminal deoxynucleotidyltransferase, Deoxynucleotidyltransferase terminal; DNTT; Nucleosidetriphosphate DNA Deoxynucleotidylexotransferase; TDT; Terminal addition enzyme; Terminal deoxynucleotidyltransferase; Terminal deoxyribonucleotidyltransferase

Database Links

Entrez Gene ID

Additional Information

Human Gene Symbol
Chromosome Location
Mol. Weight of Antigen


  • Template-independent DNA polymerase which catalyzes the random addition of deoxynucleoside 5'-triphosphate to the 3'-end of a DNA initiator. One of the in vivo functions of this enzyme is the addition of nucleotides at the junction (N region) of rearranged Ig heavy chain and T-cell receptor gene segments during the maturation of B- and T-cells.

Known Applications & Suggested Dilutions

  • ELISA (Use Ab at 2-4ug/ml for coating) (Order Ab without BSA)
  • ,Immunohistochemistry (Formalin-fixed) (1-2ug/ml for 30 minutes at RT),(Staining of formalin-fixed tissues requires heating tissue sections in 10mM Tris with 1mM EDTA, pH 9.0, for 45 min at 95 &degC followed by cooling at RT for 20 minutes),Optimal dilution for a specific application should be determined.

Key References

  • Chang LM, Bollum FJ. CRC Crit Rev Biochem. 1986;21(1):27-52.
  • Kang LC, Dunphy CH. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2006;130(2):153-7.

Storage & Stability

Antibody with azide - store at 2 to 8 °C. Antibody without azide - store at -20 to -80 °C. Antibody is stable for 24 months. Non-hazardous. No MSDS required.


This antibody is available for research use only and is not approved for use in diagnosis.

Supplied as

200ug/ml of Ab purified from Bioreactor Concentrate by Protein A/G. Prepared in 10mM PBS with 0.05% BSA & 0.05% azide. Also available WITHOUT BSA & azide at 1.0mg/ml.


There are no warranties, expressed or implied, which extend beyond this description. Company is not liable for any personal injury or economic loss resulting from this product.


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