5 Months of Immunoprecipitation Woes - Disassembly of Protein-G Sepharose

Melissa Greeve gliftor at hotmail.com
Tue Sep 4 00:37:29 EST 2001

Hi There

Like all PhD students, I have come across one of those annoying
'little' hitches that even 5 months of struggling can't seem to solve.

I wonder if anyone can help me. I have been trying to get
immunoprecipitation using protein-G sepharose to work for some time
now, and although I have tried a couple of different buffers, multiple
protocols, slower centrifugation, using unboiled samples and replacing
products, it still won't bring me any joy. Along with the normal
problems of interference from antibody heavy and light chains, due to
the use of the same antibodies for both IP and western blotting, I
have come across a problem that seems to be unique to me....

Has anyone else encountered protein g sepharose dissociating
throughout the IP process??? As you can imagine, this results in a
huge band at 20kD, representing protein G, that binds and fluoresces
when the blot is incubated with any antibody type. This wouldn't be a
problem if I was looking for proteins that don't sit near 20kD, but of
course, 2 of the critical proteins I need to look at are about that

1) Is this normal?
2) How can I stop this happening?? 
3) Any suggestions for perhaps using a more dense acrylamide gel to
separate the bands?
4) Has anyone tried using a non-denaturing acrylamide gel for
5) Has anyone got a fail-safe protocol for using Sigma protein g
sepharose in IP?

Your help is much appreciated!!!


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