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Complete solution of immunoprecipitation (IP)-break down the key steps of IP step by step!

Step 1: Understand what immunoprecipitation is? Why should I do immunoprecipitation?

Immunoprecipitation (IP) is a method for purifying and enriching target proteins from specific mixtures (usually cell lysates or expression supernatants) by using antigen-antibody specific reactions. The traditional IP experiment is that after the antibody is combined with the target protein, it is incubated with agarose or magnetic beads coupled with Protein A /G (Fc fragment of binding antibody), and the bead-protein A/G- antibody-target protein complex is obtained by centrifugation. The complex is washed and eluted for subsequent downstream experiments. IP is an important step in many protein-related researches. It is used to study the existence, relative abundance, up-down regulation of protein expression, protein-to-stability and interaction of proteins.

Traditional IP protocol

Summary: The key tools I need to use in the whole process of IP are,

1) primary antibody: select the primary antibody that can react with the sample and do IP experiment;

2) Potein APotein G or Protein A /G:Potein A, Potein G and Protein A /G have different binding abilities to immunoglobulins from different sources and subtypes. how to choose? Please refer to https://www.abbkine.com/affinity-of-protein-a-protein-g-and-protein-ag/

3) Selection Guide:

Cat# Product name
BMR20500 PurKine™ Protein A Resin
BMR20504 PurKine™ Protein A Resin 4FF
BMR20600 PurKine™ Protein G Resin
BMR20604 PurKine™ Protein G Resin 4FF
BMR20704 PurKine™ Protein A/G Resin 4FF

Step 2: Finding that there is no suitable primary antibody to meet the immunoprecipitation I need to do?

Some target proteins cannot be immunoprecipitated because there is no corresponding specific antibody. For example, the antigen epitope recognized by the antibody is shielded by the interaction protein, unable to interact with the target protein or the antibody selection is inappropriate, the selected antibody cannot recognize the protein in natural conformation, etc. After an epitope tag protein is used, the tag antibody against this epitope can be selected for immunoprecipitation. Manufacturers will introduce some common label antibodies for IP experiments, involving labels such as flag, HA, His and Myc to meet the needs of most customers.

In particular, the agarose/magnetic bead coupled labeled antibody can optimize the immunoprecipitation experiment to the greatest extent and save time and cost.

1) Principle: The step of Protein A/G binding with antigen-antibody complex is omitted, and the problem of weak binding ability between Protein A/G and antibody is solved. After the conjugated antibody is directly combined with the target protein, the target protein is separated from the cell lysate by centrifugation or using a magnetic rack. The high-specificity monoclonal label antibody can realize high yield and high purity, and the stable and pre-sealed filler and the specific antibody reduce non-specific binding in the immunoprecipitation process.

Agarose/magnetic bead conjugated label antibody is applied to IP

2) Selection Guide:

Cat# Product name
A02010AGB Anti-DDDDK Tag Mouse Monoclonal Antibody (1B10), Agarose
A02010MGB Anti-DDDDK Tag Mouse Monoclonal Antibody (1B10), Magnetic Beads
A02040AGB Anti-HA Tag Mouse Monoclonal Antibody (4F6), Agarose
A02040MGB Anti-HA Tag Mouse Monoclonal Antibody (4F6), Magnetic Beads
A02050AGB Anti-His Tag Mouse Monoclonal Antibody (5C3), Agarose
A02050MGB Anti-His Tag Mouse Monoclonal Antibody (5C3), Magnetic Beads
A02060AGB Anti-Myc Tag Mouse Monoclonal Antibody (2D5), Agarose
A02060MGB Anti-Myc Tag Mouse Monoclonal Antibody (2D5), Magnetic Beads

Step 3: How to deal with heavy chain and light chain interference in WB (IP-WB) after immunoprecipitation?

In WB verification after immunoprecipitation experiment, when conventional Anti-IgG (H+L) enzyme labeled secondary antibody is used, two bands corresponding to heavy chain (50kDa) and light chain (25kDa) generated after denaturation of immunoprecipitation primary antibody will usually appear. If the molecular weight of the detected target protein is near here, it will be interfered by the two bands. How to avoid interference,

Method 1: Select the secondary antibody that only reacts with heavy chain or light chain. If the molecular weight of the target protein is less than 30KD, in order to avoid interference of antibody light chain, heavy chain specific secondary antibody is selected; If the molecular weight of the target protein is more than 30KD, in order to avoid interference of antibody heavy chain, light chain specific secondary antibody is selected;

Selection Guide:

Cat# Product name Description
A25012 IPKine™ HRP, Goat Anti-Mouse IgG LCS light chain specific
A25022 IPKine™ HRP, Mouse Anti-Rabbit IgG LCS light chain specific
A25112 IPKine™ HRP, Goat Anti-Mouse IgG HCS Heavy chain specific
A25222 IPKine™ HRP, Goat Anti-Rabbit IgG HCS Heavy chain specific

Method 2: When selecting WB primary antibody, select different species from IP primary antibody to avoid interference from IP primary antibody;

Method 3: Select the WB primary antibody directly coupled with HRP, and omit the step of secondary antibody.  Immune precipitation is broken in three steps.

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