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#16 toejam


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Posted 20 September 2011 - 06:07 AM

hello mdfenko, yes, the primary antibody was raised against sheep, as i was reading the label this morning i almost panicked thinking it said antirabbit :lol: but it was antisheep raised in rabbit phew!

it is a polyclonal antibody that i'm using too and it binded everywhere. i was preparing the tbst 1/1000 ml tween/tbs.

as a last step, i generally stain the membrane after exposure with coomasie blue, not immediately after transfer. the pattern seemed normal to me, but then i was trying to think biochemically (which is particularly hard for me as an agronomist) and wondered whether heating the sample would make the binding site of the protein accesible to the antibody and that would be the reason why nothing was showing up on the film.

so today i heated the samples before running the gel, transfering to the membrane overnight and then tomorrow we'll see whether this has worked (fingers crossed)

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 06:30 AM

Hi again TJ, yes you were right I am a doc now Posted Image

A few things for you.

1. you say in your last post that the primary antibody is anti-sheep raised in rabbit.... if this is the case your secondary antibody needs to be anti-RABBIT. ie. your primary antibody is a Rabbit IgG that recognises a Sheep protein. So if you are using and anti-Sheep secondary, is not going to work.

2. in a previous post you mentioned you are worried that the freeze-thawing might be a problem. As mdfenko said, if your proteins run fine is probably okay, my concern will be more in how you prepared your samples. Did you add protease inhibitors? do you have phosphatase inhibitors (in case you are looking for phosphorylation)

3. I know you said that your reagents are new, but here's a very quick-easy way to check your ECL (just in case). Add 1ml of ECL mix to an eppendorf tube, and then in the dark add 1ul of your secondary antibody (HRP conjugated). If both reagents are fine you should see actual light in the tube. This is just worth doing for the fun of it Posted Image

4. finally, answering a previous post. I always boil my samples 5min at 95C. This might not make a difference, but will depend on the antibodies you are using. As you said on your last post, denaturation might expose epitopes in the proteins that the antibody might not reconise otherwise. Which brings me to my last comment. Is your antibody comercial or home-made. If the first, does it say it works for WB? Some antibodies don't work on WB because they don't recognise the denatured protein.

Don't despair, WB can be a pain in the neck sometimes, but oh the joy when they work Posted Image

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 06:44 AM

as almost a doctor says, if the anti-sheep is your primary then your secondary should be anti-rabbit. i surmise that your secondary is the rabbit anti-sheep antibody conjugated with hrp. if that is the case then your primary should be anti-protein-of-interest raised in sheep.

also, as almost a doctor said, check the information sheet that came with the primary antibody and see if it is suitable for western blotting (if not then you can try a western with non-denaturing page or a dot blot or an elisa).
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Posted 20 September 2011 - 07:18 AM

i'm sorry about the confusion, the primary antibody is not a commercial one, we got it from another lab. in the label it reads:

"These antibodies were affinity-purified.
Please reconstitute with 50 ul of sterile water.
These antibodies were raised against sheep."

that's why i'm using antisheep as the secondary, which i got from sigma.

when i extracted the proteins i did use protease inhibitors from roche. thanks for the trick with the ecl, i'll give it a try ;)

thanks guys :)
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Posted 20 September 2011 - 10:47 PM

"These antibodies were raised against sheep."
It means that it recognizes a sheep protein, isn't it? I would say it is an anti-sheep, maybe
you should use an antibody raised in sheep against your phosphorylated protein , with your anti-sheep secondary antibody.

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