Worm Breeder's Gazette 13(1): 20a (October 1, 1993)

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Call for Antibody Information

Diane Shakes

Dept. of Biology, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-5513
e-mail: BlOLC8 @Jetson.UH.EDU

As some of you are already aware, Academic Press has asked Henry Epstein and myself to edit a volume of Methods in Cell Biology devoted to C. elegans. One of the useful appendices which we would like to include is a list of available antibodies and protocols for using them. If you have generated an antibody in your laboratory which you would like to see listed in a methods volume on C. elegans, please contact me as soon as possible.

Incidentally, if you would like to make your antibodies widely available but are nervous about being swamped with requests, you might considered contributing your monoclonal antibodies to the Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. They are providing the wonderful service of growing up monoclonals and making the cells or supernatants available to researchers at reduced fees. I know from personal experience that their anti-tubulin antibody works well for C. elegans, and it is considerably cheaper than commercial products. Contact Dr. Thomas August, Johns Hopkins University at (410) 955-3985 for more information about receiving a catalog or making contributions.

I have the impression that they are not anxious to handle hundreds of worm specific antibodies, but that they are interested in handling a limited set of the most widely used C. elegans specific antibodies as well as antibodies which are known to cross-react with other species.