A guide to selecting high-performing antibodies for RNA-binding protein TIA1 for use in Western Blot, immunoprecipitation and immunofluorescence

F1000Res. 2024 Apr 8:12:745. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.133645.2. eCollection 2023.


A member of the RNA-binding protein family, T-cell intracellular antigen-1 (TIA1) regulates mRNA translation and splicing as well as cellular stress by promoting stress granule formation. Variants of the TIA1 gene have implications in neurogenerative disorders including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Reproducible research on TIA1 would be enhanced with the availability of high-quality anti-TIA1 antibodies. In this study, we characterized twelve TIA1 commercial antibodies for Western Blot, immunoprecipitation, and immunofluorescence using a standardized experimental protocol based on comparing read-outs in knockout cell lines and isogenic parental controls. We identified many high-performing antibodies and encourage readers to use this report as a guide to select the most appropriate antibody for their specific needs.

Keywords: RNA-binding protein TIA1; TIA1; Uniprot ID P31483; Western Blot; antibody characterization; antibody validation; immunofluorescence; immunoprecipitation.

MeSH terms

  • Blotting, Western
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Immunoprecipitation
  • RNA-Binding Proteins*
  • T-Cell Intracellular Antigen-1 / genetics


  • T-Cell Intracellular Antigen-1
  • RNA-Binding Proteins

Grants and funding

This work was supported in part by the ALS-Reproducible Antibody Platform (ALS-RAP). ALS-RAP is a private-public partnership created by the ALS Association (USA), the Motor Neurone Disease Association (UK), and the ALS Society of Canada. The grant was from a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Foundation (grant no. FDN154305) and by the Government of Canada through Genome Canada, Genome Quebec and Ontario Genomics (OGI-210). The Structural Genomics Consortium is a registered charity (no. 1097737) that receives funds from Bayer AG, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genentech, Genome Canada through Ontario Genomics Institute (grant no. OGI-196), the EU and EFPIA through the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking (EUbOPEN grant no. 875510), Janssen, Merck KGaA (also known as EMD in Canada and the United States), Pfizer and Takeda. RA is supported by a Mitacs fellowship. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.