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J Immunol Methods. 2001 Jan 1;247(1-2):217-24.

Specific affinity depletion of cell adhesion molecules and growth factors from serum.

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CSIRO Molecular Science, P.O. Box 184, N. Ryde, NSW 1670, Australia.


Serum is a common component of most in vitro cell culture media, particularly of primary cells. Studies of cellular responses to particular adhesion molecules or growth factors are often confounded by the presence of these molecules in the serum supplement. We describe a combined affinity protocol for removing vitronectin and fibronectin from serum. This protocol can also be used to purify these molecules. We also describe the removal of growth-promoting elements using heparin-Sepharose. As vitronectin and fibronectin each bind to heparin, these molecules are removed first and the heparin-Sepharose depletion occurs last in the sequence. This protocol provides a detailed step-by-step guide to achieve quantitative depletion of serum in an optimised format, with additional information on pitfalls and problems. It should be of use to people who wish to accurately determine the relationship between cells, extracellular matrix molecules and growth factors.

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