Author(s): Rule GS, Rule GS
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Abstract A method for the quantitative assay of nuclease activity in crude cell lysates after isoelectric focusing (IEF) in polyacrylamide slab gels is described. After IEF, an agarose overlay gel containing DNA is placed on the IEF gel and the nuclease activity quantified by the loss of ethidium bromide fluorescence of the DNA. With this method a linear response was obtained for 1 to 10 ng of DNase I. Various methods of pH equilibration after IEF were also evaluated. The use of a high buffer concentration in the overlay gel is recommended to control the pH during the enzyme reaction. An analytical solution for the diffusion of enzymes from the IEF gel to the overlay gel is also presented and an equation that may be used to choose optimum times for transfer of the enzyme from the IEF gel to the overlay gel is given.
This article was published in Anal Biochem
and referenced in Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy