Immunoprecipitation

Ian A. York iayork at panix.com
Thu Mar 15 14:30:46 EST 2001


In article <20010315191005.12388.qmail at ww02.jatek.com>,
Manjili  <mmanjili at yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>buffer or PBS. I incubate antibody-antigen at 4 degree for 2 h and then add
>protein A sepharose to the mixture followed by incubation at 4 degree
>overnight while rotating.

Overnight is way longer than necessary, and can definitely cause
non-specific binding.  Try adding antibody for 1 hour on ice, and then
protein A-sepharose for 90 minutes while rotating.

Also consider the possibility that it's not actually binding, but proteins
coming out of solution (or not being cleared properly): if the protein
precipitates, then it'll come along with your protein A-sepharose pellet.  
Spin the lysate aggressively before adding antibody.  Or, if you don't
mind spending a bit of money, try Spin-X microfuge tubes or something
similar: a .45 micron filter clears the lysate out very nicely.

Ian 
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