Immobilized pH gradient isoelectric focusing of cerebrospinal fluid proteins.
ABSTRACT Isoelectric focusing in immobilized pH gradients, supplemented with 0.5% w/v carrier ampholytes was applied for studies of native proteins, especially immunoglobulin G, in cerebrospinal fluid and serum. All 72 paired samples were run on pH 4-10 gels; 25 of them were also examined in pH 7-10 gels. Silver staining and nitrocellulose blotting with amplified immunoperoxidase detection of immunoglobulin G were used for protein visualization. Intrathecally produced immunoglobulin G was resolved into sharply focused, straight and easily identifiable fractions. The pH gradients were stable and the inter-gel reproducibilities of individual immunoglobulin G patterns were good.