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Biophys J. 1983 May;42(2):145-50.

Ferritin as a label for high-gradient magnetic separation.


In three model systems, particles the size of cells or smaller have been surface labeled with ferritin to make them slightly paramagnetic, by virtue of the iron in the ferritin. In each case it was possible to show that labeled particles could be magnetically removed from a flowing suspension by the high-gradient magnetic separation (HGMS) technique. The first system of particles consisted of small (1 micron) carboxylate-modified latex spheres to which ferritin was covalently bound to create stable paramagnetic particles analogous to a ferritin-labeled subcellular membrane preparation. In the second system polyacrylamide beads that more closely approximated whole cells in size (5-50 microns) were labeled with immunoferritin. The third system was a biomembrane preparation: erythrocyte ghosts labeled with a ferritin-lectin conjugate. A field of 7 T (tesla) (70 kG) was used in each case, along with buffer flow rates through the HGMS column in the range 0.1-1.0 ml/min.

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