Acetone precipitation

S.Ballal ballal_sv at
Tue Sep 3 22:42:25 EST 2002

Dear Vayuputra,

There seems to be nothing much wrong with your protocol. Only thing  I
guess is 1000 rpm to pellet the ppt is rather low!!!??

I guess the storage of your protein in cold itself will cause a lot of
them to precipitate.  I you can actually add acetone and then freeze
the same. ( Won't take much extra time and  should not matter if you
keep it overnight in -80 C freezer).

Also giving an extra wash with 100% Acetone helps to remove remaining

Acetone Precipitation
1.) Bring protein solution to 80% acetone using HPLC-grade.(4 volumes)
2.) Incubate at -20°C overnight or in dry ice for 2-3 hours. Don't cut
incubation time.
3.) Centrifuge 10 minutes at 4°C and carefully remove supernatant.
4.) Wash pellet gently with two aliquots of 100% acetone at -20°C.
5.) Dry sample briefly under vacuum and store sealed at -20°C. ( you
can also dry for longer time at RT)

Best fo Luck
Indus Biotherapeutics Ltd.
Ahmedabad, INDIA

Michael Witty <mw132 at> wrote in message news:<Pine.SGI.4.33.0209021216470.1455074-100000 at>...
> On Sun, 1 Sep 2002, Vayuputra wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm trying to isolate a protein from fish embryos and am facing some
> > problems.  My constraints are the starting material and the amount of
> > endogenous protein.  The aim is to concentrate all protein so that I may
> > assay it using Western analysis.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> > Here is what I have been trying to do -
> >
> > 1.  homogenize the embryos in buffer (Hepes buffer 7.4, 150mM NaCl, EGTA and
> > PMSF).
> > 2.  centrifuge (~7500 g) to get rid of debris.
> > 3.  take supernatant and put in -80 degrees C O/N (this step is only for
> > time considerations.  prior to freezing the supernatant looks clear but once
> > it is thawed I find lots of 'stuff'.  I don't know if storing the
> > supernatant at -80 is bad).
> > 4.  add acetone (upto 80%) and put at -80 degrees for 2-3 hours.
> > 5.  spin at 1000 rpm for 20 minutes.
> > 6.  pour off the acetone and dry the pellet (in speed vac).
> >
> > I try to dissolve this pellet in my loading buffer (SDS, 2-mercaptoethanol,
> > bromophenol blue, etc) but I just can't.  I make sure the pellet is as dry
> > as possible (to remove any possibility of residual acetone).
> >
> > Is there anything I'm doing wrong?  Are there any modifications to this
> > protocol?
> >
> > Thanks a ton.
> > Vayuputra
> Dear Vayuputra,
>               everything depends on what you want to do with the protein
> and the assay you are going to use detect it.  Can you tell us more about
> this?  Regards, Mike.

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