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Harlow and Lane have completely revised their guide to the use of immunoglobulin reagents in the laboratory. Chapters have been entirely rewritten, reorganized, and updated to provide background, context, and step-by-step instructions for techniques that range from choosing the right antibody and handling it correctly, to the proper methods for characterizing antigens in cells and solutions. New chapters on tagging proteins and epitope mapping are included.
Rather than presenting an array of solutions for working with antibodies and antigens, Using Antibodies instead identifies in each case the best approach to specific problems. These recommendations include more detail in the protocols, extensive advice on avoiding and solving problems, information regarding proper controls, and extensive illustration of theory, methods, and results, both good and bad. An additional bonus included with this manual is a set of Portable Protocols, step-by-step instructions for the most frequently used and essential techniques printed on spill-proof, durable cards that can be annotated and used directly at the bench.
The expert advice in Using Antibodies is presented using an imaginative design with extensive use of color and graphic elements calculated to help readers plan and execute their experiments efficiently and accurately. A newly available type of binding will maintain the manual's integrity during years of use.
This new manual reflects a decade's additional research experience by two outstanding scientists of international reputation. Since writing the previous manual, Ed Harlow has received many awards, notably the General Motors and Bristol Myers prizes for cancer research, and he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. David Lane, also the winner of many awards, such as the Yvette Mayent Prize and the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Award, was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. The over-the-shoulder advice these experts provide in Using Antibodies will lead all laboratory investigators to success in using these techniques, regardless of experience. Using Antibodies is a required resource for every laboratory in which genes, cells, and proteins are studied
"...provides background, context & step-by-step instructions for techniques that range from choosing the right antibody & handling it correctly, to the proper methods for characterizing antigens in cells & solutions."
The first major change is the separation of information into two volumes. Using Antibodies: A Laboratory Manual covers methods for using antibodies to staining cells and tissues, immunoprecipitation, immunoblotting, immunoaffinity purification, tagging proteins and epitope mapping. The second volume, Making Antibodies, will be published separately. This was a wise move, considering the mass of information presented by the authors, and it allows them to provide adequate background information on selected procedures, antibody structure and function, choosing and handling antibodies, and antigen-antibody interactions.
The protocols are detailed, clear, concise and easy to follow. The authors also outline their reasons why certain techniques are preferred over others. The sections on troubleshooting and common problems encountered with use of the protocols are invaluable. Another key change lies in the construction of the manual. The previous comb-bound edition was not sturdy enough to withstand repeated use in the laboratory, but the current edition features a hardcover bound with concealed wire, so that it can lie flat and stand up to heavy use. In addition, nine laminated ‘Portable Protocol’ sheets can be used directly at the bench.
Using Antibodies: A Laboratory Manual is an outstanding revision of a classic work that is destined to become the new standard resource for antibody techniques used in immunological research."
--"The Quarterly Review of Biology"
"…this book lives up to its expectation: it is easy to follow with many tables listing advantages and disadvantages of most protocols, how-to illustrations, best approach protocols for beginners to get started, and illustrations of good and bad results. This manual is a ‘must have’ for laboratories routinely using antibodies."
--"In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal"