Coupling Isotachophoresis with Affinity Chromatography for Rapid and Selective Purification with High Column Utilization, Part 2: Experimental Study

2015-12-17T02:57:08Z (GMT) by Viktor Shkolnikov Juan G. Santiago
We present an experimental study of coupling of isotachophoresis (ITP) and affinity chromatography (AC) to effect rapid, selective purification with high column utilization and high resolution. We provide a detailed protocol for performing ITP-AC and describe the design of a buffer system to perform sequence specific separation of nucleic acids. We describe the synthesis and functionalization of our affinity substrate, poly­(glycidyl methacrylate-<i>co</i>-ethylene dimethacrylate) porous polymer monolith (GMA-EDMA PPM). This substrate allows easy immobilization of affinity probes, is nonsieving (even to macromolecules), and exhibits negligible nonspecific binding. We demonstrate ITP-AC with 25 nt, Cy5 labeled DNA target and a DNA probe and study the spatiotemporal dynamics using epifluorescence imaging. We make qualitative and quantitative comparisons between these data and the model presented in the first part of this two-paper series. We vary the target concentration from 1 pg μL<sup>–1</sup> to 100 pg μL<sup>–1</sup> and ITP velocity over the range of 10–50 μm s<sup>–1</sup>, and thereby explore over 4 orders of magnitude of scaled target amount. We observe very good agreement between predictions and experimental data for the spatiotemporal behavior of the coupled ITP and affinity process, and for key figures of merit, including scaled capture length and maximum capture efficiency. Lastly, we demonstrate that the resolution of ITP-AC increases linearly with time and purify 25 nt target DNA from 10 000-fold higher abundance background (contaminating) genomic fish sperm DNA. We perform this capture from 200 μL of sample in under 1 mm column length and within <10 min.