One of the great advantages of CSH Protocols over other online methods sources is that we have access to material from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s cutting edge laboratory courses. November’s issue of CSH Protocols features material from the Molecular Embryology of the Mouse Course (as noted earlier), and the first set of many upcoming protocols from the Proteomics Course.

Course directors Andrew Link and Josh LaBaer have done a stellar job putting together a new laboratory manual based on the course. Proteomics will be out in December, but in the meantime, we’re publishing methods from the manual in advance in CSH Protocols. November’s issue brings a set of seven protocols covering Construction of Nucleic Acid Programmable Protein Arrays (NAPPA).

NAPPA differs from other protein array approaches in that proteins are translated in situ on the array surface, removing the need for individual protein purification. From the introduction:

This method uses cell-free extracts that transcribe and translate DNA into proteins which are then captured in situ, thus converting cDNA copies of genes into the desired target proteins. Instead of printing proteins at each feature of the array, the cDNA molecules for the corresponding genes that produce desired proteins are affixed to the array. Chemical treatment of glass slides and DNA isolation can be performed in advance and stored. The plasmid DNA can then be printed to make NAPPA slides, which can be stored dry for use. For experiments, NAPPA slides are expressed followed by detection of proteins and DNA using antibodies and stains.

Protocols are available for preparing slides and cultures, isolating DNA, labeling and arraying DNA, expressing proteins, detecting proteins and detecting DNA.