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Binding and elution of Abs from NC bound proteins

Kathy Hancock kyh7 at ciddpd2.em.cdc.gov
Thu Aug 5 13:51:43 EST 1993

We have been resolving proteins and blotting to nitrocellulose then cutting 
out the band of interest in order to affinity purify polyclonal antibodies.  
We generally Western blot 30 gels, each with a 120 mm long well loaded 
with 0.1 ug of protein per mm.  Our binding buffer is either PBS with 0.3% 
Tween 20, 5.0% nonfat dry milk, and protease inhibitors or 0.05M Tris/HCl pH 
8.0, 0.5M NaCl, 0.3% NP-40, 5.0% nonfat dry milk, and protease inhibitors.  We 
have bound our serum at dilutions ranging from 1:5 to 1:50.  The only elution 
buffer we have tried is 3M MgCl2, 0.03M Hepes/NaOH, 25% ethylene glycol, final 
pH about 7.0.  Between binding and elution, we wash with PBS and 0.3% Tw or 
0.3% NP-40.  Following 10 cycles of binding and elution, we desalt our eluted 
antibodies using PD10 columns and assay for antibody activity.  Sometimes we 
have good activity and other times we have virtually no activity.  I suspect 
that the difficulty is with efficient elution of the bound antibody.

I would be most interested in other people's experiences with this technique, 
especially regarding the buffer used for elution.

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