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Tags for affinity purification

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Nov 18, 2019 2:56:52 PM

Affinity tags are very useful tools for protein purification. Fused to the protein of interest, they streamline the purification process by binding to a tag-specific resin. Obviously, tag selection is an important step as the purification tag can affect expression level, solubility, facilitate correct folding, protect from proteolysis, and re-direct proteins to a cellular compartment. In addition, the purification tag determines the affinity resin used.

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Bispecific T cell engagers

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Sep 13, 2019 1:04:52 PM
Bispecific T cell engagers are bispecific antibodies designed to link T cells with cancer cells. The simultaneous binding of the bispecific antibody to T cell and tumor cell initiates the activation of the T cell. For this purpose, the bispecific antibody carries two antigen binding domains against the T cell (often CD3 T cell receptor) and against a cell surface protein of the tumor cell.

ChromoTek offers two bispecific T cell engagers to beta-testers:

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Topics: VHH, Nanobody, Bispecific, T cell

iCLIP for the thorough analysis of mRNA:protein interactions

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Aug 14, 2019 11:41:21 AM

Crystal structure of the anti-GFP VHH-Green Fluorescent Protein complex.
The GFP Nanobody is displayed blue and the GFP in green color.

UV crosslinking techniques are the method of choice for a comprehensive analysis of in-vivo-mRNA targets of an RNA-binding protein (RBP). In the recent publication of Olgeiser et al. (2019), the authors applied individual-nucleotide resolution UV crosslinking and immunoprecipitation (iCLIP) to study fungal mRNA transport. For this approach, they have used strains expressing GFP-tagged versions of the two RBPs Grp1 and Rrm4; an optimized protocol was developed to uncover that Grp1 and Rrm4 conjointly bind thousands of shared target messenger ribonucleoproteins (mRNPs) in the fungus U. maydis. The protein:RNA complexes were immunoprecipitated in a multiple detergent containing buffer using ChromoTek’s GFP-Trap Magnetic Agarose. This is a transcriptome‐wide view to an endosomal mRNA transport machinery.

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Topics: GFP, iCLIP

Working with green fluorescent proteins: Tools and properties

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Feb 7, 2019 1:18:14 PM

Jellyfish Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) and its derivatives are still the most frequently used fluorescent proteins in biomedical research. Recently, additional green fluorescent proteins have been discovered in higher animals such as crustaceans and lancelets. These FPs share a common fold, but diverge widely in their primary sequence. Thus, they require novel, dedicated antibody research tools. Here is an overview about EGFP (the most commonly used GFP derivative), TurboGFP and mNeonGreen.

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Topics: Nanobody, mNeonGreen, mNeonGreen immunoprecipitation, GFP, GFP Immunoprecipitation, TurboGFP, TurboGFP immunoprecipitation, EGFP

GFP- Nanobodies and RFP- Nanobodies conjugated to quantum dots

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Jul 12, 2018 8:39:33 AM

Chromotek’s GFP- binding protein, an anti- GFP Nanobody, is a very small and effective tool for binding and visualizing GFP-tagged proteins. In their recent publication, Modi et al. successfully functionalized quantum dots with the GFP- Nanobody (QD GFP- Nanobody). Thus, they created a small GFP- specific label with a very strong fluorescent signal.

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Topics: GFP Nanobody, RFP Nanobody, Quantum dots, single particle tracking, Quantum dot Nanobody

TurboGFP: Properties, Sequence, MW, origin

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Jul 3, 2018 1:23:20 PM

TurboGFP is a bright green fluorescent protein used to study protein function, localization and dynamics in cells. Nanobody based research tools allow reproducible biochemical analysis including mass spectrometry and enzyme activity measurements of TurboGFP fusion proteins.

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Topics: Immunoprecipitation, TurboGFP, TurboGFP immunoprecipitation, Best TurboGFP antibody, TurboGFP Nanobody

On-bead digestion protocol: From immunoprecipitation with nanobodies to MS analysis

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Sep 15, 2017 3:52:48 PM

What makes on-bead digestion favorable?

Just pull down your protein of interest with immobilized nanobodies, also termed VHHs or single domain antibodies. Then follow the on-bead digestion protocol (see below) and submit the digest to your core facility for effective mass spectrometer analysis of (co-) precipitated proteins.

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Topics: GFP-Trap, GFP Immunoprecipitation, GFP VHH, GFP Nanobody, on-bead digestion, GFP mass spec

The best anti-GFP antibody for immunoprecipitation: GFP-Trap

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Sep 7, 2017 1:05:34 PM

Life science laboratories apply green fluorescent proteins (GFP) to study protein localization, interaction and dynamics in fluorescence microscopy. Immunoprecipitation (IP), mass spectrometry (MS), co-immunoprecipitation (Co-IP) and/or affinity purification investigate more aspects including posttranslational modifications (PTMs), DNA binding, and protein-protein interaction. Here, we compare two different antibody systems for immunoprecipitation of GFP-fusion proteins: GFP-Trap and anti-GFP IgG antibody

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Topics: GFP-Trap, GFP, GFP Immunoprecipitation, Best GFP antibody for IP, Best antibody for immunoprecipitation, GFP VHH, GFP Nanobody

Visualize Histones in live cells: Histone-Chromobody

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Aug 3, 2017 1:22:32 PM

The ChromoTek Histone-Chromobody®* is a novel probe to visualize endogenous histone H2A-H2B heterodimer in live cells:

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Topics: live cell imaging, Histone Chromobody, live cell microscopy, Nucleosome, Chromatin Marker, Histone

mNeonGreen: A green fluorescent protein that is not a GFP variant

Posted by Christoph Eckert on Jul 19, 2017 8:20:46 AM

Recently a new bright monomeric yellow-green fluorescent protein has been published, which is called mNeonGreen. This protein has already been frequently used for mainly microscopic applications in both wide-field microscopy and super resolution microscopy. What is mNeonGreen all about?

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Topics: mNeonGreen, mNeonGreen Antibody, mNeonGreen Western blot, mNeonGreen VHH, mNeonGreen immunoprecipitation, mNeonGreen immunofluorescence, GFP, mNeonGreen sequence

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