Hello everyone, I am looking for an expert (or at least someone that knows more than I do) about surface plasmon resonance (SPR).
I am trying to study an interaction between a protein and a lipid using this technique. By two other techniques (lipid overlay and lipid sedimentation) I have shown that my protein does interact with my lipid of interest. I want to quantify this interaction with SPR.
I have a positive control protein, known to bind the lipid with high affinity, and a negative control, inert protein which should not interact with my lipids.
I have made 100 nm liposomes containing my lipid of interest, immobilized them on a L1 chip, and obtained the readings attached in the graph here.
My question is: why does my test protein not look anything like my positive or negative controls? What could be causing the shape of the curves, the huge negative dip at the beginning of the run, and the large number of negative RUs.
Everything is in the same SPR running buffer except the negative control protein (in water)... HEPES and NaCl pH8.
Anyone ever seen anything like this or could offer some advice?