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How to determine final amount of 20 ng protein per WB well - (Oct/31/2009 )

Hello

I am not very good with calculations. I used the nanodrop instrument to determine my sample protein concentration as 2 mg/ml. I would like to add 20 ul into each well such that the final protein amount is 20 ng (per one well). Would any one please show in a step by step manner the calculation to derive this (I am confused with mg, ug, ng and the amount per well).

Since I need to load the protein in duplicate or triplicate, what would the calculations be for three wells: i.e 20 ul per well and there are three wells and the protein amount is still 20 ng per well. Remember, my original stock is 2 mg/ml. If this is too low, just use a suitable original concentration as an example. Please, can any one help me with this, as I am rather confused.

Thanks
lab2009

-lab2009-

go here, here or any other of the similar concentration/dilution threads around.

Remember to keep your units the same - if you are working with ng keep all units as ng (e.g. ng/ml)!

-bob1-

Hello bob1

Thank you for the equation. Please refer to the example by biogirl1230.
Do you consider the 50ug in 100ul final volume (i.e 5ul stock + 95ul water) as the working solution? (This is an example)

For a western blot, if I add 20 ul from the working solution into one well, would the amount be 10ug (i.e 1/5). Is this correct?

lab2009

-lab2009-

lab2009 on Oct 31 2009, 09:45 PM said:

Hello

I am not very good with calculations. I used the nanodrop instrument to determine my sample protein concentration as 2 mg/ml. I would like to add 20 ul into each well such that the final protein amount is 20 ng (per one well). Would any one please show in a step by step manner the calculation to derive this (I am confused with mg, ug, ng and the amount per well).

Since I need to load the protein in duplicate or triplicate, what would the calculations be for three wells: i.e 20 ul per well and there are three wells and the protein amount is still 20 ng per well. Remember, my original stock is 2 mg/ml. If this is too low, just use a suitable original concentration as an example. Please, can any one help me with this, as I am rather confused.

Thanks
lab2009


20ng/20ul is nothing but 1ug/ml
Dilute your stock (2mg/ml to 1 ug/ml) and aliquot 20 ul in each well and u have 20 ng in each well!!!
If you want triplicates from the same preparation, prepare atleast 60 ul of 1ug/ml and load it three times. If you want separate preparations, then prepare 20ul and load!!!
Best luck!!
Hope its clear!!

-Pradeep Iyer-

Are you sure that you just want to apply 20ng on the gel and not 20g?
2mg/ml is the same like 2g/l. So considering that we need to apply 20g we have to add 10l of your protein solution to each well.

-tea-test-

lab2009 on Nov 2 2009, 12:26 AM said:

Hello bob1

Thank you for the equation. Please refer to the example by biogirl1230.
Do you consider the 50ug in 100ul final volume (i.e 5ul stock + 95ul water) as the working solution? (This is an example)

For a western blot, if I add 20 ul from the working solution into one well, would the amount be 10ug (i.e 1/5). Is this correct?

lab2009



Hi there, that old post from biogirl1230 is actually wrong.

The equation for concentrations is definitely right C1V1=C2V2, but in that old post there is a confusion between concentrations and total g. On that particular example biogirl1230 should have taken 50l of her original stock + 50l of water, for her to have 50g of DNA in 100l of solution (ie. 0.5g/l = 50g in 100).

For your current question, I agree with Pradeep. 20ng in 20l is no other than 1ng/l = 1g/ml, so if your stock is at 2mg/ml you need to dilute it 1:2000 to have a 1g/ml solution. You can now take 20l from this solution to have your desired amount of protein.

Use C1V1=C2V2
Now, remember that mg/ml = g/l so 2mg/ml = 2g/l and 1g/ml = 1ng/l (or 0.001g/l)

So in this case you need: V1= (0.001g/l * V2)/2g/l
for example, to prepare 1ml (1000l) at 1g/ml, you need: V1= (0.001*1000)2= 0.5l of stock concentartion + 999.5l H2O (or buffer)

As this are really low volumes it might be worth considering doing serial dilutions, for example dilute your sample 1:100 first, and then dilute this new sample 1:20.

Hope this helps.

-almost a doctor-

Thank you all for helping me. The explanation is clearer.

lab2009

-lab2009-

Sorry, should have checked that the answer was right... just knew that there had been a few threads earlier in the year.

-bob1-

lab2009 on Oct 31 2009, 07:15 AM said:

Hello

I am not very good with calculations. I used the nanodrop instrument to determine my sample protein concentration as 2 mg/ml. I would like to add 20 ul into each well such that the final protein amount is 20 ng (per one well). Would any one please show in a step by step manner the calculation to derive this (I am confused with mg, ug, ng and the amount per well).

Since I need to load the protein in duplicate or triplicate, what would the calculations be for three wells: i.e 20 ul per well and there are three wells and the protein amount is still 20 ng per well. Remember, my original stock is 2 mg/ml. If this is too low, just use a suitable original concentration as an example. Please, can any one help me with this, as I am rather confused.

Thanks
lab2009



Just keep in mind 1mg/ml =1ug/ul=1ng/nl
You have 2ng/nl. If you want 20ng that is 10 times that amount of ng and 10 times that amount of nanoliters, ie 10nl.

As you can't probably pippete less than 1ul I recommend you to dilute 1 ul of your sample in 100ul of buffer and load 1ul of that.

I recommend doing the less serial dilutions as possible as low concentrated proteins adhere to surfaces leading to incorrect dilutions.

-Feelcontraire-