UNIT 2.9 Purification of Immunoglobulin M and Immunoglobulin D
Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
Copyright © 2003 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Lab Protocol Title
Current Protocols in Immunology
How to Cite
Andrew, S. M., Titus, J. A., Coico, R. and Amin, A. 2001. Purification of Immunoglobulin M and Immunoglobulin D. Current Protocols in Immunology. 21:III:2.9:2.9.1–2.9.8.
- Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
- Published Print: MAR 1997
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This unit describes two classical protocols for the purification of IgM - dialysis of ascites fluid, tissue culture medium, or bioreactor supernatants against distilled water to precipitate pure IgM, and ammonium sulfate precipitation. Both protocols can be followed by size-exclusion chromatography to obtain a highly purified product. Recently an affinity method for purification of IgM has been developed using mannan binding protein, and is described here. The third approach presented is a one-step IgD purification method, designed specifically for murine derived samples, that uses Sepharose coupled to lectin derived from the seeds of Griffonia simplicifolia-1. This represents a simple, rapid, and gentle approach to isolating this highly labile immunoglobulin from IgD-containing ascites or hybridoma sources.