Homogenous time-resolved fluorescence (HTRF)

HTRF® is a TR-FRET based technology from Cisbio. This technology uses the principles of both TRF and FRET. The HTRF® donor fluorophore is either Europium cryptate (Eu3+ cryptate) or Lumi4™-Tb (Tb2+ cryptate). (Lumi4™-Tb (Tb2+ cryptate) results from collaboration between Cisbio and Lumiphore Inc.)

Both donors have the long-lived emissions of lanthanides coupled with the stability of cryptate encapsulation. XL665, a modified allophycocyanin, is the HTRF® primary acceptor fluorophore. d2 represents a second generation of acceptor characterized by an organic structure 100 times smaller.


HTRF® is a highly flexible chemistry that measures biomolecular complexes of many different sizes. This includes assessment of small phosphorylated peptides, immunoassays for quantifying large glycoproteins, receptor tyrosine kinase activity using membrane preparations and indirect detection (via secondary antibodies) of tagged complexes such as CD28/CD86 binding (see figure to the right).

HTRF products

The following BMG LABTECH microplate readers are certified HTRF®-compatible by Cisbio:

HTRF measurements

BMG LABTECH has published numerous Application notes using HTRF® technology. This technology works well on many of our readers, including the CLARIOstar and PHERAstar FSX and Omega series.

Legal remark

HTRF® is a registered trademark of Cisbio.

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