Immobilized Ficin (Agarose Resin)

Catalog number: 44881

Thermo Scientific™  Related applications: Protein Labeling & Crosslinking

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Description

Thermo Scientific Pierce Immobilized Ficin consists of a sulfhydryl-specific protease (ficin) that has been immobilized onto beaded agarose resin to enable controlled antibody fragmentation, especially of mouse IgG1.

Features of Pierce Immobilized Ficin:

• Can generate both Fab and F(ab')2 fragments from mouse IgG1
• Reaction can be easily controlled
• Antibody fragments are free of autodigestion products
• Ficin contamination into antibody fragments is eliminated

Ficin, which is similar to papain, is a nonspecific, sulfhydryl protease isolated from fig latex. The molecular weight of Ficin is approximately 25,000 and it is effective at pH 4-9.5 with an optimum pH of 6.5. When IgG molecules are incubated with ficin in the presence of cysteine, one or more peptide bonds in the hinge region are split, producing either Fab fragments or F(ab')2 fragments. Mouse IgG1 is notably difficult to digest into functional Fab or F(ab')2 fragments using papain or pepsin, however, yields and immunoreactivity are better when digesting mouse IgG1 with ficin. Immobilized Ficin was specifically designed for cleavage of mouse IgG1 into or Fab or F(ab')2 fragments, and is advantageous because it virtually eliminates autolysis, eliminates contamination of a sample with the protease and allows control of the digestion by removing the ficin or controlling the flow of sample over an immobilized ficin column.

Immobilized ficin is more stable against heat-induced denaturation than the free enzyme, resulting in longer maintenance of activity. The Fab and F(ab')2 Preparation Kit contains immobilized ficin, other necessary reagents and an optimized protocol for mouse IgG1 digestion. Ficin will generate mouse IgG1 F(ab')2 and Fab fragments in the presence of 1 mM cysteine and 10 mM cysteine, respectively. Fragment generation from other species and isotypes is also possible through modification of the cysteine concentration and other digestion parameters.
For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

Specifications

Product Size: 5 mL

Contents & storage

Content: 5 mL of settled resin.

Store in original container protected from direct sunlight in a dry, cool and well-ventilated area, between the following temperatures: 2 to 8°C.

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