A novel affinity purification method to isolate peptide specific antibodies
Summary, in English
Site-specific, high affinity polyclonal antisera are effectively and successfully produced by immunizing rabbits with synthetic peptides. The use of these antisera in subsequent immune analysis is often limited because of non-specific binding. We describe a new and simple method to effectively affinity-purify anti-peptide antibodies. To test our system, rabbits were immunized with model peptides representing sequences of the putative rabbit growth hormone receptor and several HLA-DQ β-chain molecules. Polystyrene plastic beads were coated with peptides. Immune serum was incubated with the beads and after a wash step the bound antibodies were eluted in 1 M acetic acid. The eluted material was composed predominantly of intact immunoglobulin as evidenced by the presence of heavy and light chain bands in SDS-PAGE. The eluted antibodies were peptide specific in ELISA and bound only to intact, antigenic protein in immunoblot analyses. The sequence-specific nature of the eluted antibodies was confirmed since binding to the antigenic proteins could be displayed by the immunizing but not by unrelated peptides.
- Affinity purification
- Anti-peptide antibody
- Growth hormone receptor
- HLA class II β chain molecule
- ISSN: 0022-1759