11. High Background

11. High Background

Possible Cause & Solution
a. Too much protein per lane. 
Titrate down the amount of protein loaded per lane.
b. Insufficient blocking of non-specific binding. 
Adjust blocking conditions. 
Include blocking agent in the antibody buffers as well.
c. The primary antibody concentration may be too high 
d. Titrate the antibody to find the optimal concentration.
e. The secondary antibody may be binding non-specifically. Blot with the secondary antibody alone. If bands develop, choose an alternate secondary antibody.
f. Incubation temperature may be too high. Incubate blot at 4°C.
g. Cross-reaction between blocking agent and primary or secondary antibody.
Add a mild detergent, e.g. Tween®-20, to the incubation and washing buffers for phosphoprotein specific antibodies. Use BSA as a blocking reagent instead of milk. Milk contains casein, a phosphoprotein, and your antibody may be cross-reacting with the casein.
h. Washing of unbound antibodies may be insufficient. 
Increase the number of washes.
i. The membrane may give high background. 
Nitrocellulose membrane may give less background than PVDF.
j. The membrane has dried out.
Avoid drying out the membrane during processing and incubation.

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Wstern Blot / WB Technique Center+
- Western blot introduction
- Western Blot / WB tips
- Western Blot / WB FAQ
1. Why are there multiple bands on my blot?
2. Why is there a weak signal or no signal at all?
3. Why is there high background and/or diminished signal with anti-phosphor tyrosine antibodies?
4. Why does my antibody activity diminish in Western Blot over time?
5. How do I overcome inadequate or poor transfer problems?
6. How do I avoid "splotchy" or uneven Western Blots?
7. What can I use as positive control lysates for sinobiological WB antibodies?
8. Too many bands on a Western blot
9. No Signal or Weak Signal
10. Nonspecific Bands
11. High Background
12. How much protein should I analyse?
13. What percentage acrylamide gel should I use to resolve the proteins?
14. What membrane should I use?
15. What blocking buffer should I use?
16. What dilution of primary antibody should I use?
- Western Blot / WB protocol
- Western Blot / WB trouble shooting