Purification of IgG by Precipitation with Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
PEG precipitation works well for IgM, but is less efficient for IgG; salt precipitation methods are usually recommended for IgG. PEG precipitation may be preferred in multistep purifications that use ion-exchange columns, because the ionic strength of the Ig is not altered. Furthermore, it is a very mild procedure that usually results in little denaturation of antibody. This procedure is applicable to both polyclonal antisera and most MAb containing fluids.