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binding & elution of Abs from NC bound proteins

Kathy Hancock KYH7 at ciddpd1.em.cdc.gov
Fri Aug 20 18:44:48 EST 1993

Two weeks ago I posted the following message, but unfortunately my email 
address was incorrect and I did not receive any of your replies.  I have 
corrected my address and would greatly appreciate receiving replies.  I will 
post a summary of the replies.

Here is the message:

We have been resolving proteins and blotting to nitrocellulose then cutting 
out the band of interest in order to affinity purify polyclonl 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.

Kathy Hancock
kyh7 at ciddpd1.em.cdc.gov

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