Author(s): Rabilloud T, Adessi C, Giraudel A, Lunardi J
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Abstract Membrane and nuclear proteins of poor solubility have been separated by high resolution two-dimensional (2-D) gel electrophoresis. Isoelectric focusing with immobilized pH gradients leads to severe quantitative losses of proteins in the resulting 2-D map, although the resolution is usually high. Protein solubility could be improved by using denaturing solutions containing various detergents and chaotropes. Best results were obtained with a denaturing solution containing urea, thiourea, and detergents (both nonionic and zwitterionic). The usefulness of thiourea-containing denaturing mixtures is shown for microsomal and nuclear proteins as well as for tubulin, a protein highly prone to aggregation.
This article was published in Electrophoresis
and referenced in Journal of Proteomics & Bioinformatics