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#1 PhD

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 05:17 AM

Hello!

I have tried and tried to get rid of this high MW contaminant. I have 40mM imidazole in the binding buffer. I wash with 60 mM and 100mM in 300mM salt buffer, I elute with 300mM imidazole. How can I get rid of this band?? I need the protein for antibody! The buffers are pH 8 btw.

Any suggestions or tips? I attached a lil pic of my elution fraction just so you can have a better idea of what im talking about

Thank you in advance for any comments!

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 07:19 AM

Hey,

Are you sure its a contaminating protein? If it stuck at the bottom of the well, then it could be an artifact. Sorry but I can't make out.

If it is indeed a contamination, I doubt if it would go. You can try:
1. Increase salt to 500 mM
2. Try FPLC

If nothing works, cut the band and electroelute.

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Hello!

I have tried and tried to get rid of this high MW contaminant. I have 40mM imidazole in the binding buffer. I wash with 60 mM and 100mM in 300mM salt buffer, I elute with 300mM imidazole. How can I get rid of this band?? I need the protein for antibody! The buffers are pH 8 btw.

Any suggestions or tips? I attached a lil pic of my elution fraction just so you can have a better idea of what im talking about

Thank you in advance for any comments!



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Posted 18 August 2009 - 01:16 AM

Hi!

Thanx for the reply! what do u mean electrolute? I thought maybe there was another column I could pass it through maybe?

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 06:15 AM

What's the MW for your protein? Maybe you can try if ultrafiltration membrane with MW cut off greater than your protein to filter off the high MW stuff? You can get these as centrifugation units from Amicon in various capacity and selection of MW cut off.

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 06:26 AM

Hi!

what do you mean by ultrafiltration? My fragment is around 14kDa so I could use a cutoff that is like 20 or so and my protein would flow through and the contaminants wouldnt?? Is it the same as dialysis? Could I try doing dialysis with 3ml elution fragments and 2ml dialysis buffer and let my protein flow through into dialysis buffer while the contaminant stays?? Sounds intriguing and cool!!

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 06:43 AM

No, it is a membrane with pores. The membrane is mounted to a V shaped device and placed on top of a centrifuge tube . you load your sample to it and spin at 4000 rpm at 4 C for 30 min to 2 hr. If your fragment does not form dimer or something, you may try the one with 30k MWCO.

However, it could be, just like TC has said, an artifact.

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 06:53 AM

Ha! I looked around and found amicon ultra centrifugal filter devices with a 30kDa cutoff!! I will try this!

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 06:01 AM

Also, you can try another chromatographic step, for example IEX at a specific pH, sometimes the pI is different enough to discriminate both proteins. If you are producing your recombinant protein in E. coli, most of the bacteria proteins are acidic, maybe you can calculate the theorical pI of your recombinant protein. If this is a basic protein, pI>7, then you can separate both proteins by using a Q-HP or S-HP protein at a particular pH which discriminate the binding of one of your proteins. Maybe you can use this step as a capture one, before Ni or as a polishing, after Ni to get rid of this high molecular weight band.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 12:43 AM

IEX or HIC would help separating your protein from high MW contaminant.
I would start with IEC>HIC then go for SEC. So, let's try IEC first but check the pI of your protein first. You wouldn't want precipitated protein. : )

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 08:35 PM

Are you sure you want to immunisemice with His-tagged protein?? His tag is known to be highly immunodominant and you might end up generating more antibodies against the tag than the protein itself.

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 08:58 PM

I don't think it was contaminant.... It was an artefact...

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 12:44 AM

hi,

i am facing the same problem as phd member.i have read ur posts and thought may be u can help me too. my protein size is 22 kda and an impurity at 75 kDa. did the cut off membrane of 30kda worked in ur case?

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 09:19 PM

I think the membrane is climbed on to a V formed apparatus and put on peak of a centrifuge tube . you burden your experiment to it and rotate at 4000 rpm at 4 C for 30 min to 2 hr. If your fragment does not pattern dimer or certain thing, you may trial the one with 30k MWCO.

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 11:11 PM

I think the membrane is climbed on to a V formed apparatus and put on peak of a centrifuge tube . you burden your experiment to it and rotate at 4000 rpm at 4 C for 30 min to 2 hr. If your fragment does not pattern dimer or certain thing, you may trial the one with 30k MWCO.



tats a bit tricky in this case.. as the difference is just 8 kDa... the thumb rule is use at least double or half the cut off depending on were u want it... as retentate or permeate!!! why dont u try a GFC??!!! although i think the amicon is easier to do!! ;)
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