A two-step procedure for efficient electrotransfer of both high-molecular-weight (greater than 400,000) and low-molecular-weight (less than 20,000) proteins
UMass Chan AffiliationsDepartment of Cell Biology
Document TypeJournal Article
Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel
Staining and Labeling
Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins
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AbstractWe have developed conditions for the efficient electrotransfer from polyacrylamide gels to nitrocellulose sheets of a broad size range of proteins (Mr 8,000 to Mr greater than 400,000). The important features of this procedure include a two-step electrotransfer, beginning with elution of low-molecular-weight polypeptides at a low current density (approximately 1 mA/cm2) for 1 h, followed by prolonged electrotransfer (16-20 h) at high current density (approximately 3.5-7.5 mA/cm2) in conditions that favor the elution of high-molecular-weight proteins. The transfer buffer includes 0.01% sodium dodecyl sulfate to enhance protein elution, and 20% methanol to improve the retention of proteins on the nitrocellulose sheet. The nitrocellulose is air-dried after transfer is complete to eliminate loss of proteins during subsequent processing. This transfer procedure works well with proteins prepared from many different cell types, and is suitable for use with all polyacrylamide gel systems tested. With little or no modification, our method should also be applicable to transfer membranes other than nitrocellulose.
Anal Biochem. 1987 May 1;162(2):370-7.
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