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Intern Needing Help - (Dec/28/2011 )

Hello Everyone.

I'm a research intern at MD Anderson Cancer Center looking for tips to make my blots look "right." My problem that I've been facing is that I keep getting these weird lines. I defrost and use WCL with inhibitors on application. I will also add that I accidentally boiled these samples longer than usual (99C for 20 minutes). I usually do 10 minutes.
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The protein of interest in my project is 98 kDa.


Check the salt concentration of your buffers, particularly the lysis buffer.


over boiling can cause protein loss due to aggregation. 5 minutes should be more than sufficient.

you can try ~65C for 10-20 minutes if you want to avoid aggregation during long incubations.