There is no reason why you can't attach the peptide to a protein carrier
such as KLH or ovalbumin to increase the immunogenicity. Yes, you will get
antibodies to the protein as well, but you need to make sure your screening
assays are specific for the peptide, you should be okay.
Another suggestion, try hamsters instead of rats. DNA is also an option,
although the gene gun approach seems to be more successful than im
injections of DNA.
"Daniele Focosi" <mi at interhealth.info> wrote in message
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> I would like to suggest you to prove DNA immunization for better
> results. Anyway please note I'm just a PhD student and I have not real
> experience with such a technique apart from literature results !
> Please let me know.
> Best regards.
>> "news.dk.uu.net" <myd at nordicbioscience.com> wrote in message
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> > Dear all,
> > I would like to know if it is possible to raise a mouse monoclonal
> > against a protein/peptide of rat. The thing is that this protein is very
> > well conserved among rodent and that immunizing a mouse with this
> > will not give much result.
> > Does anybody know what I can do? I thought about attaching the peptide
> > highly antigenic carrier protein but then I will get an antibody against
> > carrier and not the peptide....Any suggestions will be very helpful.
> > Thanks in advance