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Protein A/G Resin and Column

    Protein A/G is a genetically engineered protein that can bind specifically to Fc regions of many mammalian immunoglobulins. For this reason, Protein A/G is conjugated onto a purification matrix called Sepharose to purify immunoglobulins, also called as antibodies, and immunoglobulin subtypes from serum, hybridoma ascites fluids, tissue culture supernatants and other biological fluids.

    Protein A/G is expressed in E coli and the resulting recombinant protein A/G can be covalently conjugated onto the matrix (Sepharose 4FF). It has been well-documented that the Fc binding characteristics of naturally produced Protein A and Protein G are identical to their recombinant counterparts.

    The resin stable in 20% ethanol and column are stored at 4℃. Product is shipped at ambient temperature.  

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    rec-Protein A/ G/Sepharose ratio: 4.0-4.5mg rec-Protein G/ml Sepharose 4FF

       Binding capacity:35-50mg human IgG / ml Purification matrix  

                                                                                  38-51mg rabbit IgG/ml Purification matrix

                                                                                  5.5-18.5mg mouse serum/ml Purification matrix

                                                                                  4.5-17.8mg mouse ascites/ml Purification matrix

       rec-Protein A/G molecular weight:50.5 KDa

     Albumin binding sites/ molecule rec-protein:None

    Binding Characteristics of Immunoglobulins to Protein A/G


    Protein A/G


    Protein A/G


    Protein A/G

    Human IgG1


    Mouse IgG2b


    Hamster Ig


    Human IgG2


    Mouse IgG3


    Guinea-pig Ig


    Human IgG3


    Mouse IgM


    Cattle Ig


    Human IgG4


    Rat IgG1




    Human IgA


    Rat IgG2a




    Human n IgD


    Rat IgG2b




    Human IgE


    Rat IgG2c




    Human IgM


    Rat IgM




    Mouse IgG1


    Rabbit Ig


    Mouse IgG2a


    Chicken Ig



    User Information

    • The flow rate: The column flow rate is a important parameter for purification and should be smoothly controlled. Slower flow rate can significantly increase the purification product.

    • Binding Capacity: For serum samples, the total IgG concentration is 10-15mg/mL. For tissue culture supernatant or hybridoma clones, the total IgG concentration varies considerably from 2mg/ml to 18mg/ml. For samples with low IgG concentration, repeated loading of sample can increase the purification product. 

    Procedure for Antibody Purification

    A. Additional Materials Required

    • PBS Buffer: 0.1M sodium phosphate, 0.15M Sodium Chloride, pH 7.2 

    • Elution Buffer: IgG Elution Buffer: 0.1M glycine, pH 2.7

    • Neutralization Buffer: 1M Tris (pH 9.0) 

    B. Immunoglobulin Purification Procedure

    1. Equilibrate all reagents to room temperature before use.

    2. Pack the column with resin slurry or use premade column.

    3. Equilibrate column by adding the PBS buffer with a volume of 10 times related to column resin volume, and allowing the solution to drain through.

    4. For sample with high concentration of Immunoglobulin, dilute sample at least 1:1 with Binding Buffer.

    Note: If lipoprotein precipitation is evident in the sample of purification, centrifuge the diluted sample at 10,000 × for 20 minutes and apply the supernatant to the equilibrated column.

    5. Apply diluted sample to the column and allow it to flow completely into the resin. Do not allow the resin bed to run dry.

    6. Wash the column with binding buffer, with a volume of 10 times related to column resin volume.

    7. Elute antibodies with elution buffer and collect fractions. Immediately adjust eluted fractions to physiologic pH by adding 1/10 of the neutralization buffer to elute. Monitor the elution by measuring the absorbance at 280nm or by protein assay such as BCA Protein Assay Kit.

    8. Pool the eluted antibody fractions that have the highest absorbance.

    9. Regenerate column by washing with elution buffer. Columns can be regenerated with PBS, with a volume of 10 times related to column resin volume. Repeated tests indicate that no significant loss of binding capacities found after 10 times of repeated usage.

    10. For storage, wash column with water containing 0.02% sodium azide. Store the column upright at 4°C.  



    Possible Cause


    Slow Flow Rate

    The resin pores were blocked with air bubbles existing in buffers or sample.

    Remove air bubbles in the resin and buffer by using degassing buffers.

    No specific antibody of interest

    Low concentration of the antibody of interest.

    Use serum-free medium for cell supernatant samples.

    No protein detected

    Sample was devoid of antibody species or subclass that binds to resin.

    Check binding characteristics table to check if the immunoglobulins species or subclasses are covered by the resin of usage.

    Antibody degraded

    Antibody was sensitive to elution buffer and can be degraded.

    Check if neutralization buffer was used.