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      How does media pore size impact peptide resolution?

      Sep 27, 2019 3:19:01 PM / by Elizabeth Denton posted in Developments, Peptides, reversed-phase, flash purification, solid phase peptide synthesis, peptide purification, peptides and flash chromatography, stationary phase, particle pore size

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      Purification by reversed-phase chromatography relies primarily on a hydrophobic interaction of the molecule with the alkyl chains bonded to the stationary phase for column retention and elution through a partitioning mechanism.  While this is certainly true for purification of peptides, surface area accessibility and media particle size also play critical roles in the resolving power of a particular stationary phase.  The particle size influences the loading capacity, however pore size greatly influences molecular accessibility and therefore resolving power.

      In today’s post, I will demonstrate how pore size can impact your peptide purification using flash column chromatography.

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      What is solid phase peptide synthesis?

      Sep 25, 2019 9:47:21 PM / by Elizabeth Denton posted in Biotage, Developments, synthesis, peptide, peptide synthesis, solid phase peptide synthesis, cleavage, synthesis tips, orthogonal protecting groups, synthesis optimization, method development, FMOC, BOC

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      More and more groups are exploring the utility of peptides with an ever widening variety of applications. And although peptides are getting cheaper to purchase outright, many groups are continuing to bring peptide synthesis in house. As more groups join the peptide community, I frequently encounter questions about the basics of peptide synthesis.

      In today's post, I'd like to cover a little history of solid phase synthesis as well as highlight some differences between the chemistries.

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      How to purify your peptide using mass directed flash chromatography

      Jul 31, 2019 4:02:19 PM / by Elizabeth Denton posted in Developments, Mass Detection, solid phase peptide synthesis, purify, loading capacity, peptide purification, peptides and flash chromatography, mass-directed purification

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      We've all used mass spectrometry to characterize our synthetic peptides.  It's often used to confirm that the peptide was in fact synthesized, then again as part of the purification process to make sure that we're collecting the correct peak.  But how many of you had the opportunity to use in-line mass spectrometry as an integral component during the purification itself?

      In today's post, I'll highlight some of the advantages to using in-line mass mass spectrometry for purification of peptides using reversed phase flash chromatography.

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      How much peptide is recovered from a reversed-phase C18 cartridge during flash purification?

      Jul 25, 2019 2:13:43 PM / by Elizabeth Denton posted in Developments, reversed-phase, flash chromatography, peptide, solid phase peptide synthesis, peptide purification, peptides and flash chromatography

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      Whether it’s the bonded stationary phase, particle size, or even particle pore size, scientists today are offered a plethora of choices when it comes to reversed phase HPLC columns.  An often acknowledged concern in the peptide community though is peptide recovery from reversed phase purification efforts, particularly for precious peptide mixtures.  But how is peptide recovery impacted when you use reversed phase flash chromatography for purification?

      In today’s post, I’ll compare recovery levels for two peptides that differ in length as well as crude purity using reversed phase flash chromatography.  In addition to comparing two peptides, I’ll also evaluate how recovery is impacted by altering the mobile phase pH.

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      How to choose an ion pairing agent to improve your peptide purification

      Jul 22, 2019 4:28:04 PM / by Elizabeth Denton posted in Developments, reversed-phase, flash chromatography, peptide, solid phase peptide synthesis, peptide purification, peptides and flash chromatography, ion pairing agents

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      Ion pairing agents are used in a variety of strategies to improve overall purification efficiency. In a previous post, I utilized ion pairing agents to increase the peptide’s hydrophobicity, improving retention by the stationary phase and enabling purification.  But what other strategies can be improved by using ion pairing agents?

      In this post, I’ll utilize ion pairing agents to enable rapid peptide purification by flash chromatography.  The use of ion pairing agents can in fact alter the peptide’s apparent hydrophobicity sufficiently that the desired peptide and it’s closely eluting impurities can be resolved.  The question is, which one to choose?

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      Peptide purification with flash column chromatography - a beginner's experience

      Jul 18, 2019 8:59:34 PM / by Elizabeth Denton posted in Developments, Peptides, reversed-phase, flash chromatography, solid phase peptide synthesis, peptide purification

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      As a peptide chemist, I was trained to purify my peptides with reversed-phase HPLC, just as many a peptide chemist before me. Despite the hundreds of hours I’ve logged in front of an HPLC, injecting samples and collecting peak fractions, I can’t imagine using any other method to purify my freshly synthesized and cleaved peptides.  In fact, you’d be hard pressed to convince me to try something else.  But here I am, trying something new.  Wish me luck!

      In this post, I’ll describe my experiences using flash chromatography to purify a new peptide sample.

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      Post synthesis workup: What steps are necessary and what aren't?

      Jun 19, 2019 5:35:32 PM / by Elizabeth Denton posted in Developments, Peptides, workflow, peptide workflow, solid phase peptide synthesis, cleavage

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      You’ve just finished a peptide synthesis and now it’s time to cleave the peptide from the resin. You’ve selected a specific cleavage cocktail, performed the reaction and now what? The vast majority of peptide chemists will precipitate their peptide using an ether solution, lyophilize, and move on to purification. But is that the only option?

      In today’s post I’ll highlight an alternative strategy that saves both processing time, potentially dangerous reagents, all without compromising the integrity of the recently synthesized peptide.

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