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Pierce Protein A and Conjugates

Binds the Fc region of IgG, especially rabbit polyclonal antibodies.

Pierce Protein A

Use purified and biotinylated forms of Thermo Scientific Pierce Protein A to probe and detect rabbit and human antibodies, especially IgG isotypes, in Western blotting, ELISA, IHC and other immunoassay protocols.

Protein A is a cell wall component produced by several strains of Staphylococcus aureus that consists of a single polypeptide chain and contains little or no carbohydrate. The Protein A molecule contains four high-affinity binding sites capable of interacting with the Fc region from IgG of several species including human and rabbit. Optimal binding occurs at pH 8.2, although binding is also effective at neutral or physiological conditions (pH 7.0 to 7.6).


  • Contains four Fc-binding domains per protein
  • Better than Protein G for polyclonal IgG from rabbit, pig, dog and cat serum
  • Poorer than Protein G for mouse IgG1, human IgG3 and rat, goat and cow antibodies

Properties of Native Protein A:

  • Source: Staphylococcus aureus
  • Molecular weight: 46,762 (Apparent MW by SDS-PAGE: 42,000)
  • Form: salt-free powder
  • A280 of 0.1% solution: ~0.137 (theoretical)
  • Isoelectric point (pI): 5.16 (theoretical)

Product Details:

The interaction between Protein A and IgG is not equivalent for all species. Even within a species, Protein A interacts with some subclasses of IgG and not others. For instance, human IgG1, IgG2 and IgG4 bind strongly, while IgG3 does not bind. There are also many instances in which monoclonal antibodies do not bind to Protein A, especially the majority of rat immunoglobulins and mouse IgG1.

General References:

  1. Bjork, I., et al. (1972). Some physiochemical properties of protein A from Staphylococcus aureus. Eur. J. Biochem. 29(3):579-84.
  2. Sjoquist, J., et al. (1972). Protein A isolated from Staphylococcus aureus after digestion with lysostaphin. Eur. J. Biochem. 29(3):572-8.
  3. Hjelm, H., et al. (1975). Immunologically active and structurally similar fragments of protein A from Staphylococcus aureus. Eur. J. Biochem 57(2): 95-403.
  4. Kronvall, G. and Williams, R.C. (1969). Differences in anti-protein A activity among IgG subgroups. J. Immunol. 103(4):828-33.
  5. Surolia, A., et al. (1982). Protein A: Nature's universal anti-body. Trends in Biochem. Sci. 7: 74-76.
  6. Kronvall, G., et al. (1970). Protein A reactivity with mouse immunoglobulins. Structural relationship between some mouse and human immunoglobulins. J. Immunol. 105(5):1116-23.

Related Resources:

Comparison of Protein A, G, A/G and L
Binding characteristics of Protein A, Protein G, Protein A/G and Protein L (Tech Tip #34)

Related Products:

Recombinant Protein A (and HRP conjugate)
Protein A Agarose Resins, Columns and Kits

Ordering Information
Product # Description Pkg. Size Instructions MSDS CofA Price
21181 Protein A
Formulation: Salt-free powder
5mg Product Instructions for product #21181 Protein A MSDS for product #21181 Protein A Certificate of Analysis for product #21181 Protein A $149.00

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21181B Protein A
Formulation: Salt-free powder
Custom MSDS for product #21181B Protein A Certificate of Analysis for product #21181B Protein A Bulk Quote Request
29989 Protein A, Biotinylated
Formulation: Lyophilized powder from protein in buffered saline solution
1mg MSDS for product #29989 Protein A, Biotinylated Certificate of Analysis for product #29989 Protein A, Biotinylated $127.00

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