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Using Antibodies: A Laboratory Manual

Handbook / ManualOut of Print

By: E Harlow and D Lane

493 pages, Figs, tabs

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

Hardback | Dec 1998 | #98353 | ISBN: 0879695447
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About this book

A guide to the use of immunoglobulin reagents in the laboratory. It provides background, context and step-by-step instructions for techniques that range from choosing the right antibody and handling it correctly, to the proper methods for characterizing antigens in cells and solutions. Also included are chapters on tagging proteins and epitope mapping. Rather than presenting an array of solutions for working with antibodies and antigens, the book instead identifies in each case the best approach to specific problems. These recommendations include more detail in the protocols, extensive advice on avoiding and solving problems, information regarding proper controls, and detailed illustration of theory, methods and results - both good and bad. The manual also includes a set of Portable Protocols - step-by-step instructions for the most frequently used and essential techniques printed on spill-proof cards that can be annotated and used directly at the bench.


Antibody structure and function; antibody-antigen interactions; choosing antibodies; handling antibodies - storing antibodies, purifying antibodies, labelling antibodies; staining cells - major constraints, choosing the correct antibodies, staining with polyclonal versus monoclonal antibodies, immunostaining protocols, variations on the immunostaining procedure; staining tissues; immunoprecipitation - major constraints, choosing the correct antibody, immunoprecipitation protocols, variations on the immunoprecipitation procedure; immunoblotting - major constraints, choosing the correct antibody, immunoblotting with polyclonal or monoclonal antibodies, detection limits, immunoblotting protocols, variations of the immunoblotting procedure; immunoaffinity purification - major constraints, choosing the correct antibody, immunoaffinity purification with polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies, protocols for immunoaffinity purification, variations on immunoaffinity purification; epitope tags; epitope mapping. Appendices: electrophoresis; protein techniques; general information; cautions; trademarks; suppliers.

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