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Introduction to Western Blotting

Description

In this series, you will learn about the science, best practices, and mechanics behind each step in the Western blot workflow from preparing your samples through collecting your data. If you have questions or comments, feel free to send them in using the Questions button, available on each lesson - we'll respond accordingly. Happy blotting!

Includes

  • 8 courses
  • 64 lessons
  • Lifetime access
  • Certificate of completion
What is a Western Blot?
What is a Western Blot?
Western blots are used a several different areas of life science research. This course will dive into the process of a Western blot, as well as why and when you would choose to use that technique.
FREE
18 min
Introduction to Western BlottingWestern BlotWestern Blotting
Preparing the Samples
Preparing the Samples
Your Western blot can only be as good as the samples you start with. Learn more about the things to consider when preparing your samples and how to minimize the amount of variability that gets added to your experiment.
FREE
27 min
Introduction to Western BlottingWestern BlotWestern BlottingSample Preparation
Preparing the Gel
Preparing the Gel
It is important to take your targets into consideration when selecting the gel type and percentage, as well as buffer composition when running and SDS-PAGE. This will help ensure that you have an even run of your samples, which will impact the accuracy and robustness of your data.
FREE
28 min
Introduction to Western BlottingWestern BlotWestern BlottingGel Preparation
Equilibrating the Gel and Preparing for Transfer
Equilibrating the Gel and Preparing for Transfer
Gel equilibration is a critical step to help ensure an even transfer of your proteins from the gel to the membrane. It's also important to choose the right membrane for your targets. Paying close attention in these details will help increase the accuracy and robustness of your data downstream.
FREE
24 min
Introduction to Western BlottingPreparing for TransferEquilibrating the Gel
Transferring the Proteins
Transferring the Proteins
Protein transfer is a distinguishing step of the Western blotting protocol. It is important to consider all of the aspects of transfer including your transfer conditions, buffer, and apparatus. These have the potential to impact your transfer, and ultimately your Western blot data.
FREE
34 min
Introduction to Western BlottingProtein Transfer
Drying the Membrane
Drying the Membrane
Drying the membrane may sound odd, but it is actually better for your Western blot data in the long run. In this course, we will discuss why you should dry your membrane, and how to accomplish that to leave you with a great Western blot membrane.
FREE
13 min
Introduction to Western BlottingDrying the membrane
Blocking Step Through Image Adjustment for Chemiluminescence
Blocking Step Through Image Adjustment for Chemiluminescence
Learn about the basics of chemiluminescent Western blotting, including blocking the membrane, antibody selection, and more.
FREE
29 min
Introduction to Western Blotting
Blocking Step Through Image Adjustment for NIR
Blocking Step Through Image Adjustment for NIR
Learn about the basics of Near-Infrared Western blotting, including blocking the membrane, antibody selection, and more.
FREE
25 min
Introduction to Western Blotting