Western Blotting

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Western Blot Blogs

Western blotting is the gold standard for identification and quantification of proteins from a lysate, providing averaged protein expression from thousands of pooled cells. This technique can also be used to determine sub-cellular localization (via cell fractionation), post-translational modifications (e.g. ubiquitination, phosphorylation), protein processing, and protein-protein interactions when coupled with immunoprecipitation. When time is of the essence or a large workload exists, automated Simple Western is useful.


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Conventional western blot application allows visualization of proteins through separation, transfer and antibody staining steps using Novus antibodies.

Conventional Western Blot. (A) Proteins are separated by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and (B) transferred to a membrane (e.g. nitrocellulose or PVDF) for detection. (C) The membrane is probed with a primary antibody specific for the target protein and typically followed by an enzyme conjugated secondary antibody to detect the antibody-antigen complex. The enzyme (e.g. horseradish peroxidase, HRP) acts on a substrate (e.g. electro-chemiluminescence, ECL) to emit light, (D) generating a signal captured on autoradiography film or a chemiluminescence imaging system. Learn more about perfecting Western blots.



Western Blot Primary Antibodies

The success of a Western blot is often dependent upon the specificity of the primary antibody. Novus offers over 61,000 Western blot validated antibodies backed by our 100% guarantee. Primary antibodies can also be tested in unvalidated species with our Risk-Free Testing program. Learn more about primary antibodies.

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Simple Western application saves time and allows users to have high throughput western data using automated western blot machines from Protein Simple.



Secondary Antibodies and Detection Reagents

The detection of primary antibody-antigen complexes on a blot generally requires the use of secondary antibodies. The most common conjugate for secondary antibodies, HRP, is typically used with the chemiluminescent substrate, ECL, to produce an intense signal with low background. While chemiluminescence offers sensitive detection (low picogram) of antigens, fluorescence based detection methods have improved signal stability and allow for simultaneous detection of multiple proteins. Learn more about secondary antibodies.

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Western Blot Controls

Controls are vital for Western blot analysis to validate the specificity of protein bands and/or to uncover the root cause of any issues. Each experiment should include loading controls to ensure samples were equally loaded in the gel and to verify the integrity of the sample. Experiments may also require positive control lysates containing the endogenous or overexpressed protein of interest, negative control lysates (knockdown/knockout samples or lysates lacking the expressed protein), or peptide/protein blocking controls to verify that the band(s) representing the protein of interest is(are) present.

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Other Western Blotting Support Products

In addition to antibodies and detection kits, Novus also offers an assortment of support products for Western blot experiments including an HRP stabilizer, sub-cellular fractionation kits, and Western blot membranes.

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INSTA-blots used for protein screening across multiple tissues for antibody validation.