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Coomassie Plus (Bradford) Protein Assay

The high-performance Bradford reagent.

Pierce Coomassie Plus Protein Assay

The Thermo Scientific Pierce Coomassie Plus Protein Assay is a ready-to-use, reducing agent-compatible, improved Bradford assay reagent to quickly measure (A595nm) total protein concentration compared to a protein standard.

The Pierce Coomassie Plus Assay Reagent is a single, ready-to-use solution for measuring protein concentration. Simply add the reagent to equal volumes of samples and standards, mix and then measure the absorbance at 595nm. The assay costs only pennies per sample and can be performed in either test tube or microplate format. The Pierce Coomassie Plus Assay Reagent provides increased linearity of response and only half the protein-to-protein variability of other commercial Bradford assay formulations.


  • Colorimetric – measure with a standard spectrophotometer or plate reader (595nm)
  • Easy to use – single reagent; no working reagent preparation required
  • Fast – almost immediate color development; add, mix and read results
  • Broad range – detects protein concentration in the range 1 to 1500µg/mL
  • Better – improved linearity and response-uniformity compared to traditional Bradford formulations
  • Flexible – microplate and cuvette protocols provided with the instructions and adaptable to several target working ranges

Product Details:

Video of the Pierce Coomassie Plus (Bradford) Protein Assay Kit in action!


Standard curves for the Coomassie Plus (Bradford) Protein Assay
Standard curves. Typical standard curves for bovine serum albumin (BSA) and bovine gamma globulin (BGG) in the Pierce Coomassie Plus Protein Assay. The assay kit (Part No. 23236) includes ampules of Albumin Standard.

How the Coomassie Plus (Bradford) Assay Detects Protein:

Use of coomassie G-250 dye in a colorimetric reagent for the detection and quantitation of total protein was first described by Dr. Marion Bradford in 1976. In the acidic environment of the reagent, protein binds to the coomassie dye. This results in a spectral shift from the reddish/brown form of the dye (absorbance maximum at 465nm) to the blue form of the dye (absorbance maximum at 610nm). The difference between the two forms of the dye is greatest at 595nm, so that is the optimal wavelength to measure the blue color from the coomassie dye-protein complex. If desired, the blue color can be measured at any wavelength between 575nm and 615nm. At the two extremes (575nm and 615nm) there is a loss of about 10% in the measured amount of color (absorbance) compared to that obtained at 595nm.

Development of color in coomassie dye-based (Bradford) protein assays has been associated with the presence of certain basic amino acids (primarily arginine, lysine and histidine) in the protein. Van der Waals forces and hydrophobic interactions also participate in the binding of the dye by protein. The number of Coomassie dye ligands bound to each protein molecule is approximately proportional to the number of positive charges found on the protein. Free amino acids, peptides and low molecular weight proteins do not produce color with coomassie dye reagents. In general, the mass of a peptide or protein must be at least 3,000 daltons to be assayed with this reagent. The assay is performed at room temperature and no special equipment is required. Simply add the sample to the tube containing reagent and the resultant blue color is measured at 595nm following a short room-temperature incubation. The coomassie dye containing protein assay is compatible with most salts, solvents, buffers, thiols, reducing substances and metal chelating agents encountered in protein samples.

For more information, see the article "Chemistry of Protein Assays" in the Protein Methods Library.


  1. Bradford, M. (1976). Anal. Biochem. 72, 248-254.
  2. Glover, B.P. and McHenry, C.S. (2001). Cell 105, 925-934.
  3. Kagan, A., et. al. (2000). J. Biol. Chem. 275, 11241-11248.
  4. Goel, R., et al. (2002). J. Biol. Chem. 277, 18640-18648.

Related Resources:

Coomassie Plus Protein Assay Reagent FAQ
Protein Assay Selection Guide
Protein Assay Compatibility Table

Protein Methods Library:

Overview of Protein Assays
Chemistry of Protein Assays
Protein Assay Data Analysis

Compatible Instrumentation:

BioMate 3 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
NanoDrop 2000c UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
NanoDrop 8000 UV/Vis 8 Sample Spectrophotometer

Related Products:

BSA Assay StandardsBGG Assay Standards
Coomassie Plus, BCA, and Other Assay Reagents
Microplates for Protein Assays

Ordering Information
Product # Description Pkg. Size Instructions MSDS CofA Price
23236 Coomassie Plus (Bradford) Assay Kit
Formulation: Multi-component kit
Sufficient For: 630 tube assays or 3160 microplate assays

Kit Contents:
Pierce Coomassie Plus Assay Reagent, 950mL
Albumin Standard Ampules, 2mg/mL, 10 x 1mL
950mL kit Product Instructions for product #23236 Coomassie Plus (Bradford) Assay Kit MSDS for product #23236 Coomassie Plus (Bradford) Assay Kit Certificate of Analysis for product #23236 Coomassie Plus (Bradford) Assay Kit $169.00

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23238 Coomassie Plus (Bradford) Assay Reagent
Formulation: Proprietary acidic solution containing coomassie G-250 dye
Sufficient For: 200 tube assays or 1000 microplate assays (standard sold separately)
300mL Product Instructions for product #23238 Coomassie Plus (Bradford) Assay Reagent MSDS for product #23238 Coomassie Plus (Bradford) Assay Reagent Certificate of Analysis for product #23238 Coomassie Plus (Bradford) Assay Reagent $138.00

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