Porvair Sciences Microlute™ Protein Precipitation Plate

Testing site™

A trial was conducted by a drug metabolism department at a leading global pharmaceutical company in order to evaluate the various commercial protein precipitation plates currently available. The trial was conducted with a view to using the best performing product and recommending it in-house to other departments.

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Critical factors

During the evaluation, certain factors were critical to good separations:

Filter leakage

It is important that, when acetonitrile is added to denature the sample plasma protein, it does not immediately ‘wet out’ the filter and cause leakage from the filtration plate.

Flow rate

It is majorly advantageous to have a consistent flow rate of the sample when the vacuum is applied.

Non-specific binding of the compound to the plate/filter

By nature, some filters bind analytes and so choosing a non-binding filter material is essential as it maximizes the recovery of the analytes/compounds.


  1. Place a MicroluteTM PPP onto a suitable collection plate (Product # 219250)
  2. Dispense 300ul acetonitrile into each well of the plate.
  3. Add 100ul of plasma sample to each well.
  4. Mix the solutions in each well by placing the plate on a plate shaker at 500 rev/min for 2 mins
  5. Centrifuge at 500 x g for 3 mins to collect supernatant in a clean collection plate


Recovery of compounds was completed, allowing for the effect of ion-suppression on the samples. A volume of 100 ml spiked plasma was used. This was compared against spiked standards.

In this experiment, the recovery accounts for both the recovery of the compound from the matrix and the suppression effect on the compound due to the matrix.

  • Vacuum manifold or positive pressure could be used instead of a centrifuge.
  • 3:1 ratio of acetonitrile to plasma sample is required.
  • Suitable for sera or plasma samples.


Filter leakage

Microlute™ PPP showed no signs of leakage throughout the investigation. Three of the other manufacturers plates had significant leakage and so were ruled out at this stage.

Flow rate

Microlute™ PPP from Porvair Sciences demonstrated a consistent flow rate through the plate. Two of the manufacturers plates had significant blockages and so failed at this point.


After the evaluation, this department decided to use the Microlute™ PPP and recommended the plates to other departments for bioanalysis assays featuring protein precipitation. Factors that were important to this choice were:

  • Excellent Flow Rate
  • Clean System – No Leakage

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Last updated: May 19, 2020 at 9:17 AM


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