Robust co-immunoprecipitation with mass spectrometry for Caenorhabditis elegans using solid-phase enhanced sample preparation


  • G. Baytek
  • O. Popp
  • P. Mertins
  • B. Tursun


  • Biotechniques


  • Biotechniques 72 (5): 175-184


  • Studying protein interactions in vivo can reveal key molecular mechanisms of biological processes. Co-immunoprecipitation with mass spectrometry detects protein–protein interactions with high throughput. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a powerful genetic model organism for in vivo studies. Yet its rigid and complex tissues require optimization for biochemistry applications to ensure reproducibility. The authors optimized co-immunoprecipitation with mass spectrometry by combining a native co-immunoprecipitation procedure with single-pot, solid-phase enhanced sample preparation. The authors' results for the highly conserved chromatin regulator FACT subunits HMG-3 and HMG-4 demonstrated that single-pot, solid-phase enhanced sample preparation-integrated co-immunoprecipitation with mass spectrometry procedures for C. elegans samples are highly robust. Moreover, in an accompanying study about the chromodomain factor MRG-1 (MRG15 in humans), the authors demonstrated remarkably high reproducibility for ten replicate experiments.