Nucleic acid programmable protein array a just-in-time multiplexed protein expression and purification platform

Methods Enzymol. 2011;500:151-63. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-385118-5.00009-8.


Systematic study of proteins requires the availability of thousands of proteins in functional format. However, traditional recombinant protein expression and purification methods have many drawbacks for such study at the proteome level. We have developed an innovative in situ protein expression and capture system, namely NAPPA (nucleic acid programmable protein array), where C-terminal tagged proteins are expressed using an in vitro expression system and efficiently captured/purified by antitag antibodies coprinted at each spot. The NAPPA technology presented in this chapter enable researchers to produce and display fresh proteins just in time in a multiplexed high-throughput fashion and utilize them for various downstream biochemical researches of interest. This platform could revolutionize the field of functional proteomics with it ability to produce thousands of spatially separated proteins in high density with narrow dynamic rand of protein concentrations, reproducibly and functionally.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Immobilized / chemistry
  • Cell Extracts / chemistry
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Humans
  • Protein Array Analysis / methods*
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Biosynthesis
  • Proteome / biosynthesis*
  • Proteome / isolation & purification
  • Rabbits
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / biosynthesis*
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / isolation & purification
  • Reticulocytes / chemistry


  • Antibodies, Immobilized
  • Cell Extracts
  • Proteome
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins