Lab-on-a-chip immuno assays utilizing superparamagnetic beads as labels suffer from the fact that the majority of beads pass the sensing area without contacting the sensor surface. Different solutions, employing magnetic forces, ultrasonic standing waves, or hydrodynamic effects have been found over the past decades. The first category uses magnetic forces, created by on-chip conducting lines to attract beads towards the sensor surface. Modifications of the magnetic landscape allow for additional transport and separation of different bead species.
Direct[ edit ] Antibodies that are specific for a particular protein or group of proteins are immobilized on a solid-phase substrate such as superparamagnetic microbeads or on microscopic agarose non-magnetic beads.
The beads with bound antibodies are then added to the protein mixture, and the proteins that are targeted by the antibodies are captured onto the beads via the antibodies; in other words, they become immunoprecipitated. Indirect[ edit ] Antibodies that are specific for a particular protein, or a group of proteins, are added directly to the mixture of protein.
The antibodies have not been attached to a solid-phase support yet. The antibodies are free to float around the protein mixture and bind their targets.
At this point, the antibodies, which are now bound to their targets, will stick to the beads. From this point on, the direct and indirect protocols converge because the samples now have the same ingredients.
Both methods gives the same end-result with the protein or protein complexes bound to the antibodies which themselves are immobilized onto the beads. Selection[ edit ] An indirect approach is sometimes preferred when the concentration of the protein target is low or when the specific affinity of the antibody for the protein is weak.
The indirect method is also used when the binding kinetics of the antibody to the protein is slow for a variety of reasons.
In most situations, the direct method is the default, and the preferred, choice. Agarose[ edit ] Historically the solid-phase support for immunoprecipitation used by the majority of scientists has been highly-porous agarose beads also known as agarose resins or slurries.
The advantage of an extremely high binding capacity must be carefully balanced with the quantity of antibody that the researcher is prepared to use to coat the agarose beads. Because antibodies can be a cost-limiting factor, it is best to calculate backward from the amount of protein that needs to be captured depending upon the analysis to be performed downstreamto the amount of antibody that is required to bind that quantity of protein with a small excess added in order to account for inefficiencies of the systemand back still further to the quantity of agarose that is needed to bind that particular quantity of antibody.
In cases where antibody saturation is not required, this technology is unmatched in its ability to capture extremely large quantities of captured target proteins. It often happens that the amount of antibody available to the researcher for their immunoprecipitation experiment is less than sufficient to saturate the agarose beads to be used in the immunoprecipitation.
In these cases the researcher can end up with agarose particles that are only partially coated with antibodies, and the portion of the binding capacity of the agarose beads that is not coated with antibody is then free to bind anything that will stick, resulting in an elevated background signal due to non-specific binding of lysate components to the beads, which can make data interpretation difficult.
While some may argue that for these reasons it is prudent to match the quantity of agarose in terms of binding capacity to the quantity of antibody that one wishes to be bound for the immunoprecipitation, a simple way to reduce the issue of non-specific binding to agarose beads and increase specificity is to preclear the lysate, which for any immunoprecipitation is highly recommended.
In most cases, preclearing the lysate at the start of each immunoprecipitation experiment see step 2 in the "protocol" section below  is a way to remove potentially reactive components from the cell lysate prior to the immunoprecipitation to prevent the non-specific binding of these components to the IP beads or antibody.
The basic preclearing procedure is described below, wherein the lysate is incubated with beads alone, which are then removed and discarded prior to the immunoprecipitation. Therefore, an alternative method of preclearing is to incubate the protein mixture with exactly the same components that will be used in the immunoprecipitation, except that a non-target, irrelevant antibody of the same antibody subclass as the IP antibody is used instead of the IP antibody itself.
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The target protein can then be immunoprecipitated with the reduced risk of non-specific binding interfering with data interpretation. Superparamagnetic beads[ edit ] While the vast majority of immunoprecipitations are performed with agarose beads, the use of superparamagnetic beads for immunoprecipitation is a much newer approach that is only recently gaining in popularity as an alternative to agarose beads for IP applications.
Unlike agarose, magnetic beads are solid and can be spherical, depending on the type of bead, and antibody binding is limited to the surface of each bead. Commercially available magnetic beads can be separated based by size uniformity into monodisperse and polydisperse beads.
Monodisperse beads, also called microbeadsexhibit exact uniformity, and therefore all beads exhibit identical physical characteristics, including the binding capacity and the level of attraction to magnets.
Although both types of beads are commercially available for immunoprecipitation applications, the higher quality monodisperse superparamagnetic beads are more ideal for automatic protocols because of their consistent size, shape and performance. Monodisperse and polydisperse superparamagnetic beads are offered by many companies, including InvitrogenThermo Scientificand Millipore.
The nature of magnetic bead technology does result in less sample handling  due to the reduced physical stress on samples of magnetic separation versus repeated centrifugation when using agarose, which may contribute greatly to increasing the yield of labile fragile protein complexes.
Binding capacity[ edit ] Proponents of both agarose and magnetic beads can argue whether the vast difference in the binding capacities of the two beads favors one particular type of bead. In a bead-to-bead comparison, agarose beads have significantly greater surface area and therefore a greater binding capacity than magnetic beads due to the large bead size and sponge-like structure.
But the variable pore size of the agarose causes a potential upper size limit that may affect the binding of extremely large proteins or protein complexes to internal binding sites, and therefore magnetic beads may be better suited for immunoprecipitating large proteins or protein complexes than agarose beads, although there is a lack of independent comparative evidence that proves either case.
Some argue that the significantly greater binding capacity of agarose beads may be a disadvantage because of the larger capacity of non-specific binding. Others may argue for the use of magnetic beads because of the greater quantity of antibody required to saturate the total binding capacity of agarose beads, which would obviously be an economical disadvantage of using agarose.
While these arguments are correct outside the context of their practical use, these lines of reasoning ignore two key aspects of the principle of immunoprecipitation that demonstrates that the decision to use agarose or magnetic beads is not simply determined by binding capacity.
First, non-specific binding is not limited to the antibody-binding sites on the immobilized support; any surface of the antibody or component of the immunoprecipitation reaction can bind to nonspecific lysate constituents, and therefore nonspecific binding will still occur even when completely saturated beads are used.
This is why it is important to preclear the sample before the immunoprecipitation is performed. Second, the ability to capture the target protein is directly dependent upon the amount of immobilized antibody used, and therefore, in a side-by-side comparison of agarose and magnetic bead immunoprecipitation, the most protein that either support can capture is limited by the amount of antibody added.
So the decision to saturate any type of support depends on the amount of protein required, as described above in the Agarose section of this page. Cost[ edit ] The price of using either type of support is a key determining factor in using agarose or magnetic beads for immunoprecipitation applications.New Hard-Drive Tech Overcomes Magnetic Memory Problems August 29, | Source: NewsFactor Network Seagate researchers now believe they can store as much as 50 terabits per square inch — equivalent to the entire printed contents of the Library of Congress — on a single disk drive for a notebook plombier-nemours.comtly, the highest storage densities are around 50 gigabits per square inch.
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Superparamagnetic materials contain particles with a much stronger magnetic susceptibility than that of paramagnetic materials, e.g. SPIO (superparamagnetic iron oxide) has been used in liver imaging. The coercivity H c is zero below the superparamagnetic (SP) particle size limit r 0, single-domain (SD) behavior (SD) is shown between r 0 and the single-domain limit r c, and multi-domain (MD) behavior for r .