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PLO/Laminin Coating Protocol


  • Poly-L-Ornithine hydrobromide (PLO) - Sigma Aldrich #P3655
  • Laminin from Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm murine sarcoma basement membrane- Sigma #L2020
  • PBS

  • Storage/Stability

    Store desiccated PLO powder at -20°C.

    Store Laminin at -20°C.

    Stock Preparation

    Under sterile conditions, prepare stock solutions of 1 mg/mL PLO in sterile ddH2O. Solution should be clear. Filter sterile with a 0.22µm Teflon filter. Store aliquots at -20°C.

    Thaw the laminin solution slowly at 2-8°C to avoid formation of a gel. Under sterile conditions, prepare working aliquots and store at -20°C. 

    PLO Coating:

    1. Under sterile conditions, dilute the 1 mg/mL PLO stock to a final concentration of 50 µg/mL (1:20 dilution) in sterile PBS.
    2. Add the PLO solution to your culture vessel.
    3. Incubate the plates at 37°C overnight. 
    4. Wash 3 times with sterile PBS before coating with laminin. 

    Laminin Coating:

    1. Thaw working aliquot of laminin slowly at 2-8°C. Avoid formation of a gel, as laminin cannot be reactivated if warmed too quickly. 
    2. Dilute the laminin stock to 1 µg/mL in sterile PBS. 
    3. Add the laminin solution to your PLO coated culture vessel. 
    4. Incubate the plates at 37°C for 2 hours. 
    5. Wash 3 times with sterile PBS before plating cells. 

    Note: laminin coated plates can be sealed with parafilm and stored at 2-8°C for up to one month. Do not use plates if the coating is discoloured or shows cracks on the surface. 


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