Dot Blot 96 / System user manual (English)

Dot Blot 96 / System user manual (English)
Dot Blot 96 System
(Order No. 846-053-400/490/491)
Dot Blot 96
(Order No. 846-053-401)
Manual
846-9-990-049
Version 01/15
Please read these instructions carefully
before using this apparatus!
Biometra GmbH
Rudolf-Wissell-Str. 30
D-37079 Göttingen
Postfach 1544
D-37005 Göttingen
Tel: ++49 – (0)5 51 / 50 68 6-0
Fax: ++49 – (0)5 51 / 50 68 6-66
E-Mail: [email protected]
Internet: http://www.biometra.de
Service Department
Rudolf-Wissell-Str. 14-16
D-37079 Göttingen
Tel.: ++49 – (0)5 51 / 50 88 1-10 or -12
Fax.: ++49 – (0)5 51 / 50 88 1-11
1.0 Intended Uses And Specifications
The Dot Blot 96 concept is based on knowledge of scientists’ current requirements.
Therefore, the device is appropriate for exceedingly different experimental approaches.
For the use of the Dot Blot 96, it is irrelevant whether the user desires to analyse proteins or
nucleic acids and whether the sample determination is performed using antigen-antibody
complexes or via hybridisation with radioactive or non-radioactive probes.
This multiplicity of applications makes the Dot Blot 96 a very valuable device in all cases
where a standardised and reproducible assay of concentrated punctate samples is desired.
Typical examples for the application of the Dot Blot 96 are the detection of genomic DNA,
screening of bacterial DNA for recombinants, screening of expression plasmids using an
antibody, the immunological detection of a protein in column fractions, etc.
A newly designed sealing system makes the use of conventional sealing rings unnecessary
and thus greatly facilitates the set-up of the transfer unit. The Dot Blot 96 can be assembled
extremely quickly and is then ready for the application of samples.
Multiple channel pipettes can be used to apply valuable reagents (e.g. antibodies, nucleic acid
probes) as the arrangement of the 96 wells, which are marked with A—H and 1—12,
corresponds to the format of microtiter plates. These precisely milled wells (volume: 350 µl)
allow a reproducible application of the same sample volumes.
Washing sequences can be performed within minutes comfortably and without tedious
pipetting. To achieve this, the wash solution is placed in a buffer reservoir, which has a
volume of 150 ml, on the cover plate and is drawn through all 96 wells on applying vacuum.
The liquid which has passed through the membrane accumulates in the collecting tank and
can be used for further analyses (monitoring for radioactivity, monitoring for antigens, among
others). The generous dimensions of this tank give the device the required stability and
normally permit the performance of several “dots” without having to empty the collecting
tank.
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Systems and Accessories Available
Dot Blot 96 (Order No. 846-053-401)
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Transfer unit, consisting of
Collecting tank (volume: 500 ml)
Filter plate (support) with 96 wells and 2 guide pins
Cover plate with 96 wells and buffer reservoir (volume: 150 ml)
4 Screws
1 Silicone sealing sheet (sealing mat) for the filter plate (96 wells plus 2 bores for the
guide pins) (Order-No. 846-053-410)
1 Tube adapter for the collecting tank
1m Vacuum tube (Order No.846- 049-001)
1 Certificate of guarantee
1 Instruction Manual
Dot Blot 96 System 230 V(Order No. 846-053-400)
Dot Blot 96 System 115 V(Order No. 846-053-490)
Dot Blot 96 System 100 V(Order No. 846-053-491)
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Transfer unit, consisting of
Collecting tank (volume: 500 ml)
Filter plate (support) with 96 wells and 2 guide pins
Cover plate with 96 wells and buffer reservoir (volume: 150 ml)
4 Screws
1 Silicone sealing sheet (sealing mat) for the filter plate (96 wells plus 2 bores for the
guide pins) (Order-No. 846-053-410)
1 Tube adapter for the collecting tank
1 Vacuum pump with flow valve and manometer (Order-No.: 846-049-000 230V, 50 Hz
or 846-049-090 115V, 60 Hz or 846-040-091 100V, 50/60 Hz)
1m Vacuum tube (Order No. 846-049-001)
1 Certificate of guarantee
1 Instruction Manual
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Ordering Information
Item
Dot Blot 96 System with vacuum pump, 230 V
Dot Blot 96 System with vacuum pump (see above), 115 V, 60 Hz
Dot Blot 96 System with vacuum pump (see above), 100 V, 50/60 Hz
Dot Blot 96 without vacuum pump
Order No.
846-053-400
846-053-490
846-053-491
846-053-401
Vacuum pump MP86 with manometer and adjustable vacuum gauge
(max. delivery 6 l/min, end vacuum 100 mbar), 230 V
dto. 115 V, 60 Hz
dto. 100 V, 50/60 Hz
846-049-000
Accessories:
Silicone sealing sheet (sealing mat)
Srews, 2 pcs.
Vacuum tube, 1m
846-049-090
846-049-091
846-053-410
846-014-013
846-049-001
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2.0 Safety and Operating Information
Caution!
Don’t use organic solvents or solvents with chaotropic ions for cleaning.
Solvent resistance:
Use neither organic solvents (e.g.: acetone, chloroform), nor
>30% ethanol;
Don’t use chaotropic ions (e.g. urea, guanidine hydrochloride)
Cleaning:
A detergent solution
0.1 N NaOH solution
A dilute alcohol solution ( 30 %)
Vacuum:
Maximum 500 mbar less than atmospheric pressure
or
or
3.0 Set Up
3.1 Unpack and Check
Unpack and carefully examine the electrophoresis unit. Report any damage to BIOMETRA.
Do not attempt to operate this device if physical damage is present. Save all packing material
if damage is found.
Do not attempt to operate this device if physical damage is present.
4.0 Location
Place the chamber in proximity to the vacuum pump with which it is to be connected. Be sure
to place the chamber in a safe, dry location away from the edge of the working surface.
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5.0 Assembling the Transfer Unit
Prior to use, ensure that the 96 wells in the filter plate (support) are not clogged.
Before inserting a membrane into the Dot Blot 96, please read the information
about pretreatment of the desired filter material given by the manufacturer.
1. Screw the tube adapter into the housing of the collecting tank. The vacuum pump can
either be connected directly to the Dot Blot apparatus or indirectly via an intermediate
wash bottle.
The use of a wash bottle is advisable when working with radioactive substances or very
concentrated saline solutions (e.g.: 10 x SSC).
2. Place the filter plate (support + stabilizer) into the collecting tank.
3. Align the silicone sealing sheet (rubber mat) with the guide pins on the filter plate
(support). The 96 bores of the sealing mat must exactly correspond with the 96 wells in
the filter plate (support).
Note: Wells which are not in use can be covered with appropriately cut strips
of Parafilm, which are laid onto the desired section of the sealing mat.
4. Place a piece of Whatman 3MM filter paper, which has been cut to size and equilibrated in
a buffer solution, on the sealing mat. Use the wash solution which is employed for washing
during the blot procedure as the buffer solution.
5. The membrane, which has been pre-cut to fit your sample needs and equilibrated in buffer
solution, is laid on the filter paper. Select the size of the membrane so that the guide pins
on the filter plate (support) lie beyond the edges of the membrane; otherwise, the
membrane will crack.
Note: Eliminate all air bubbles between the membrane, filter paper and
sealing mat by rolling a glass pipette or a similar object across the membrane.
6. Place the cover plate with the buffer reservoir on the membrane so that it corresponds to
the orientation of the guide pins.
7. First tighten one pair of opposite screws and then the other pair.
Note: Hand-tighten the screws! Do not use any tools!
8. Apply vacuum to the transfer unit ( 150 mbar less than atmospheric pressure) and tighten
the screws again if necessary. Check your vacuum by pipetting buffer solution into some
(or all) of the wells and filtering it through the membrane.
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Cover plate with 96 wells and
buffer reservoir
Membrane
Screw
Whatman 3MM filter paper
Silicone sealing sheet
Support
Tank
Vacuum connector
Stabilizer
Fig. 1: Set up of a Dot Blot 96 sandwich
6.0 Disassembling the unit
1. First interrupt the vacuum before opening the screws. When using the vacuum pump
delivered with the system (Order-No.: 846-049-000/090/091) you can apply ambient pressure
by opening the flow valve.
2. Remove the transfer buffer from the upper buffer reservoir. Afterwards the apparatus can
be disassembled in reverse order to assembling.
3. Please rinse all parts of the Dot Blot 96 after use with deionised water. Pay attention to the
guide lines for cleaning given in chapter “2.0 Safety and Operating Informations”.
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7.0 Application Information
7.1 Membrane Properties
Membrane Type
Nitrocellulose
Binding of
DNA, RNA, Proteins
Nylon
DNA, RNA, Protein
DEAE1-Cellulose
PVDF2-Membrane
Protein
Protein
Type of Bond
Hydrophobic Bond
Electrostatic Bond
Hydrophobic Bond
Electrostatic bond
Ionic Bond
Hydrophobic Bond
DBM3-Cellulose
DNA, RNA, Protein
Electrostatic Bond
DPT4-Cellulose
Covalent Bond
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2
DEAE: Diethylaminoethyl; PVDF: Polyvinylidendifluoride;
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DBM: Diazobenzyloxymethyl; 4 DPT: Diazophenylthioether.
Recommended Application
Protein Blot
DNA, RNA Blot
Preparative Protein-Blot
Protein Blot
Protein Sequencing
DNA, RNA Blot
7.2 Immunoblot Application
Note: Do not use gelatine for blocking as it clogs the membrane completely. BSA or
ovalbumine, among others, are suitable reagents.
Note: Pay attention to the maximal binding capacity of your membrane during the
trial application, as, otherwise, the membrane can become clogged. If the composition
and concentration of your sample is unknown, first conduct a dilution series with the
Dot Blot 96.
Note: Do not ever let the membrane dry out completely during the individual
incubation or washing steps.
Note: When using the included vacuum pump, aerate the Dot Blot 96 while the pump
is running by loosening the knurled wheel on the manometer. Reapply vacuum to the
Dot Blot 96 apparatus by tightening the knurled wheel.
1.
When using nitrocellulose filters, equilibrate the membrane for 5—10
minutes in the buffer solution which you use to wash your samples.
2.
After assembling the apparatus (see 5), rinse the membrane with buffer
solution.
Rinsing:
Vacuum on
3.
Pipette your samples into the individual wells.
Add samples:
Vacuum off
Filtration:
Vacuum on
Filter the samples through the membrane with a weak vacuum for
approximately 30 minutes. If the sample volumes are greater than 350 l,
filtering time will take longer.
Allow the liquid which remains in the wells to be drawn off by the vacuum.
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4.
Wash the membrane at least twice with wash solution.
5.
Pipette your blocking solution into the wells.
6.
Wash the membrane at least twice with wash solution.
7.
Pipette the primary, specific antibodies (Ab) into the wells.
8.
Wash the membrane at least twice with wash solution.
Washing:
Vacuum on
9.
Pipette the secondary antibodies (Ab) into the wells.
Add 2nd Ab:
Vacuum off
Filtration:
Vacuum on
Washing:
Vacuum on
„Blocking“:
Vacuum off
Filter the blocking solution through the membrane for about 30 minutes with Filtration:
a weak vacuum.
Vacuum on
Allow the liquid which remains in the wells to be drawn off by the vacuum.
Washing:
Vacuum on
Add 1st Ab:
Vacuum off
Filter the antibody solution through the membrane for about 30 minutes with Filtration:
a weak vacuum.
Vacuum on
Filter the antibody solution through the membrane for about 30 minutes
through the membrane with a weak vacuum.
10. Wash the membrane at least twice with wash solution.
11. Remove the membrane from the Dot Blot 96 apparatus to perform further
reaction steps for determining the samples.
Use this chart for the following blot determinations:
Glycoprotein–Lectin Interaction
Receptor–Ligand Interaction
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Washing:
Vacuum on
7.3 DNA and RNA Dot Blot
Note: Nitro-cellulose and nylon bind nucleic acids at different salt concentrations.
Select application and wash solutions which are appropriate for the type of membrane
you employ.
1. Equilibrate the membrane for approximately 30 minutes in your application
solution before placing it into the Dot Blot 96 apparatus.
2. After the transfer unit has been assembled (see Chapter 5.), rinse the wells
Rinsing:
twice with wash solution. Allow a small amount of wash solution to remain in Vacuum on
the wells.
3. Pipette the prepared samples, which have been diluted with application
solution, into the wells.
Filter the samples for approximately 30 minutes through the membrane using
a weak vacuum.
Add samples:
Vacuum off
Filtration:
Vacuum on
4. Wash the membrane at least twice with wash solution.
Washing:
Vacuum on
5. After the wash solution has flowed through the membrane, maintain the
vacuum for an additional 5 minutes to dry the membrane.
Drying:
Vacuum on
6. Remove the membrane from the Dot Blot 96 apparatus and allow it to dry
completely at room temperature.
Further treatment of the membrane (fixation, prehybridisation, hybridisation) is identical to
conventional “Northern” or “Southern” protocols.
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8.0 Service
Should you have any problems with this unit, please contact our service department or your
local Biometra dealer:
Biometra GmbH
Service Department
Rudolf-Wissell-Straße 14 - 16
D-37079 Göttingen
Phone:++49 – (0)5 51 / 50 88 1- 10 or -12
Fax: ++49 – (0)5 51 / 50 88 1 -11
If you would like to send the unit back to us, please read the following return
instructions.
Instructions for return shipment
 Return only defective devices. For technical problems which are not definitively
recognisable as device faults please contact the Technical Service Department at
Biometra.
 Use the original box or a similarly sturdy one.
 Label the outside of the box with “CAUTION! SENSITIVE INSTRUMENT!”
 Please enclose a precise description of the fault, which also reveals during which
procedures the fault occurred, if possible.
 Important: Clean all parts of the instrument from residues, and of biologically dangerous,
chemical and radioactive contaminants. Please include a written
confirmation (use the “Equipment Decontamination Declaration” following
on the next page) that the device is free of biologically dangerous and
radioactive contaminants in each shipment. If the device is contaminated, it is
possible that Biometra will be forced to refuse to accept the device.
 The sender of the repair order will be held liable for possible losses resulting from
insufficient decontamination of the device.
 Please enclose a note which contains the following:
a) Sender’s name and address,
b) Name of a contact person for further inquiries with telephone number.
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Equipment Decontamination Certificate
To enable us to comply with german law (i.e. §§28 and 80 StrlSchV, §17 GefStoffV and §19 ChemG)
and to avoid exposure to hazardous materials during handling or repair, will you please complete this
form, prior to the equipment leaving your laboratory
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Finish Date ________________
Hazardous materials used with this equipment
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The equipment has been cleaned and decontaminated:
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PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM TO BIOMETRA GMBH OR YOUR LOCAL BIOMETRA
DISTRIBUTOR TOGETHER WITH THE EQUIPMENT.
PLEASE ATTACH THIS CERTIFICATE OUTSIDE THE PACKAGING. INSTRUMENTS WITHOUT
THIS CERTIFICATE ATTACHED WILL BE RETURNED TO SENDER.
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Warranty
This laboratory instrument is produced with the highest practical standards of materials,
workmanship, and design. The design and manufacture of parts have been conceived with one
purpose - to produce units which will give satisfactory service.
Biometra GmbH guarantees this unit to be free from defects in materials or workmanship
under normal use or service for 24 months from date of shipment. If, during this time, this
unit proves defective in materials or workmanship, Biometra GmbH will repair or replace it
free of charge if returned to us prepaid. This guarantee does not cover damage in transit,
damage caused by carelessness, misuse or neglect, or unsatisfactory performance as a result of
conditions beyond our control; or consequential losses as a result of failure of our product.
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Biometra GmbH
Rudolf-Wissell-Str. 30
D-37079 Göttingen
Postfach 1544
D-37005 Göttingen
Tel: ++49 – (0)5 51 / 50 68 6-0
Fax: ++49 – (0)5 51 / 50 68 6-66
e-mail: [email protected]
internet: http://www.biometra.de
Service Department
Rudolf-Wissell-Str. 14-16
D-37079 Göttingen
Tel.: ++49 – (0)5 51 / 50 88 1-10 or -12
Fax.: ++49 – (0)5 51 / 50 88 1-11
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