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Debora Fontanini dfontani at facstaff.wisc.edu
Thu Jan 27 21:46:02 EST 2000


I have a problem and hope some of you might have a suggestion or two on how
to solve it. 
In the process of puryfing a peptidase, I have been separating my partially
purified protein sample on a MonoQ column.  Buffer A is 20 mM TEA/HCl, pH
7.5 and B is A + 1M NaCl.  The gradient goes from 0 to 40% B in 35 minutes.  
For a few injections I was able to collect a peak coming off the column at
about 20% B.  Then I changed the buffer system to separate a different
sample and when I switched back to the original system and sample, nothing
would come off the column.  Thinking that the column was dirty, I cleaned
it following the manufacturer's instructions (not up to the point of using
pepsin, yet) and despite an improvement in the baseline, there was no
improvement in the sample recovery.
I might add, if it is of any help, that the column is fairly new (used for
about 10 injections) and I am only injecting 150 µl of sample at the time
since I am using an HPLC system adapted to work as FPLC and I do not have a
larger loop available.  

I would greatly appreciate any suggestion

Thanks in advance,


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