Thermo Scientific™

Pierce™ Chicken IgY Purification Kit

Catalog number:  44918

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The Thermo Scientific Pierce Chicken IgY Purification Kit purifies chicken antibodies from hen egg yolks using a unique delipidation reagent to separate protein from lipid and a precipitation reagent to selectively isolate the IgY fraction.

Features of the Chicken IgY Purification Kit:

More for your money—purifies twice the amount of IgY than the leading competitor's kit with a lower cost-per-mg of IgY purified
High recovery and purity—obtain 80 to 120 mg IgY per egg yolk at 85% to 95% purity by SDS-PAGE analysis
Ease-of-use—simple precipitation method purifies chicken IgY without affinity columns
Trouble-free method—fewer steps than other IgY purification kits
Flexibility—eggs can be stored in buffer and purified at a later date
Convenience—use eggs directly out of refrigerator; no need to wait for them to warm up

Typical IgG affinity resins (Protein A or Protein G) do not bind chicken IgY and therefore are not effective for IgY purification. The Pierce Chicken IgY Purification Kit uses a delipidation-and-precipitation procedure that is optimized to recover approximately 100 mg of 90% pure IgY from fresh egg yolks of appropriately immunized chickens. The resulting polyclonal IgY is sufficiently pure for direct use in many immunodetection procedures, or it can be easily affinity-purified against specific antigen because it is dissolved in PBS and thoroughly clarified.

Affinity chromatography with Protein A or Protein G cannot be used to purify IgY from chicken serum or egg yolk because this species of immunoglobulins are not recognized by the Protein A, G or L binding sites. However, the Pierce Chicken IgY Purification Kit provides a simple and reliable method for recovering large amounts of chicken IgY from egg yolk with our unique delipidation reagent that separates the proteins from lipid. (The egg yolk can be stored in the delipidation reagent a year or longer before processing.) After lipid separation, simply mix the sample with the IgY Precipitation Reagent which causes the IgY to separate from the lipid fraction during centrifugation. The precipitated chicken IgY is then easily recovered by dissolution in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS).

Chicken IgY vs. Mammalian IgG:
The terms IgG and IgY are commonly interchanged when referring to chicken immunoglobulin. Immunoglobulins from chickens and other avian species bear some resemblance to mammalian IgG, but also display some unique structural and functional characteristics that distinguish them from IgG. IgY is the accepted/proper term for chicken antibodies. Chicken IgY is the functional equivalent to mammalian IgG. It is found in the serum of chickens and is passed from the mother chicken to the embryo via the egg yolk, imparting a high concentration of chicken IgY to developing embryo.

Advantages of Chicken IgY:
Chicken IgY immunoglobulins can be harvested from the egg yolk as well as serum and blood. There are many advantages to using these antibodies:

• Unlike mice, rabbits or other mammals, hens elicit a strong antibody response against highly conserved mammalian protein sequences
• Chicken antibodies can be obtained without sacrificing or bleeding the animal—simply collect the eggs and use the Pierce Chicken IgY Purification Kit
• Each yolk can yield 100-150 mg of antibody.
• Chicken IgY has less cross-reactivity toward mammalian proteins—does not bind Fc receptors!
For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.


Column Type: Precipitation
Description: Pierce Chicken IgY Purification Kit
Product Line: Pierce™
Purification Target: IgY Antibodies
Quantity: 1L kit
Format: Kit, Bottle(s)

Contents & storage

Sufficient For: Purifying chicken IgY from 5 egg yolks
• Delipidation Reagent, 500 mL
• IgY Precipitation Reagent, 500 mL
• Egg Separator, 1 separator

Store at 4°C.