[Immunology] Immunoprecipitation

atahualpa botulina at poczta.onet.pl
Fri May 19 11:26:02 EST 2006

I have a following problem with immunoprecipitation:
When I develope western of the cell extract with the antibodies for the 
protein I am dealing with I see the protein that I expect and two, much 
thicker, bands higher. I want to immunoprecipitate them and go for MALDI. I 
have run immunoprecipitation of the cell extract with the same antibodies 
and I run gel for coomasie staining. I can see on it very nice band of my 
protein and nothing more beside background. It seems that IP works since I 
can catch my protein, but where are the other two guys? Why they are not 
caught in IP although very nicely detected on western with same antibodies?  
The only reason that comes to my mind is that western is developed in 
conditions different from IP (milk vs lysis buffer). Could it be that lysis 
buffer (contains 1% NP40) affects binding conditions of those two not 
affecting binding of the "original" protein? 
I would appreciate all suggestions.

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