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Protein Precipitation in Acetone Protocol

The capacity of the ProTrap XG Filtration Cartridge is 250 µg of protein.
If utilizing the SPE Cartridge (see SPE Protein/Peptide Clean-Up Protocol) the maximum amount of protein/peptides to load on the SPE Cartridge is 50 µg.
Spin speeds are based on a standard benchtop microcentrifuge with 24 x 1.5/2.0 mL rotor.
Times provided are guidelines only.
If more than a few microliters of liquid remains in the Filtration Cartridge after any spin, return it to the centrifuge and repeat the spin, or consider increasing the spin speed. 3000 ×g (6000 rpm) is recommended for subsequent spins and the ProTrap XG has been tested up to 9000 ×g (10,000 rpm).

All chemicals and reagents should be ACS grade/HPLC grade or better.
5 M NaCl in water


  • To your protein solution, before adding it to the Filtration Cartridge, add sufficient 5 M NaCl to bring the NaCl concentration to 50 mM before adding your sample to the Filtration Cartridge.
  • Screw a Plug onto the base of the Filtration Cartridge.
  • Transfer 100 µL of the salted protein to the plugged Filtration Cartridge.
  • Add 400 µL room temperature acetone.
  • Cap the Filtration Cartridge and rock gently, tilting no more than 45°, to combine the solvents. 
  • Insert the Filtration Cartridge in the Microcentrifuge Tube, allow 30 minutes for the protein to fully aggregate at room temperature.
  • With Plug attached, centrifuge at 2500 ×g (5000 rpm) ×2 minutes.
  • Remove Filtration Cartridge from the Microcentrifuge Tube, invert, and unscrew the Plug.
  • Return the capped Filtration Cartridge to the Microcentrifuge Tube and centrifuge at 500 ×g (2000 rpm) ×5 minutes.  Discard the flow through solvent.  If any solvent remains in the Filtration Cartridge, re-spin the unit for 2-5 minutes at 3000 ×g (6000 rpm).
  • Wash the protein pellet with 400 µL acetone.  Immediately centrifuge at 500 ×g (2000 rpm) ×2 minutes. Discard the flow through wash solvent.

Intact proteins may be resolubilized using the Resolubilization of Intact Protein Protocol , or subject to enzymatic digestion within the Protein Digestion Protocol.

Do not allow the membrane in the Filtration Cartridge to dry out between steps.  Proceed immediately to your next protocol.

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