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Use of self assembled magnetic beads for on-chip protein digestion

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Abstract

The use of grafted trypsin magnetic beads in a microchip for performing protein digestion is described. The PDMS device uses strong magnets to create a magnetic field parallel to the flow with a strong gradient pointing through the center of the chip channel. This allows for the formation of a low-hydrodynamic resistance plug of magnetic trypsin beads that serves as a matrix for protein digestion. This device represents an inexpensive way of fabricating a multi open-tubular-like column with an appropriate pore size for proteins. Kinetics studies of the hydrolysis of a model peptide show a 100-fold increase in digestion speed obtained by the microsystem when compared to a batch wise system. This system also offers the great advantage of easy replacement, as the bead matrix is easily washed out and replaced. High performance and reproducibility for digesting recombinant human growth hormone are confirmed by analysing the digest products in both CE and MALDI-TOF MS. Similar sequence coverage (of about 44%) is obtained from MS analysis of products after 10 minutes on-chip and 4 h with soluble trypsin in bulk.

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Submitted
07 Apr 2005
Accepted
27 Jun 2005
First published
22 Jul 2005

Lab Chip, 2005,5, 935-942
Article type
Paper

Use of self assembled magnetic beads for on-chip protein digestion

M. Slovakova, N. Minc, Z. Bilkova, C. Smadja, W. Faigle, C. Fütterer, M. Taverna and J. Viovy, Lab Chip, 2005, 5, 935
DOI: 10.1039/B504861C

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