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Posted 25 October 2009 - 07:57 PM

Might sound like a stupid question, but wanted to ask if we can vortex a 30% acrylamide solution without doing any hard to it??
Might be too silly a question so could not get anything on the net!!! lol!!!
I have to do it as do run a denaturing IEF i have to add urea and urea dissolves easily in acrylamide water mix than only water!!!
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Posted 25 October 2009 - 08:02 PM

Might sound like a stupid question, but wanted to ask if we can vortex a 30% acrylamide solution without doing any hard to it??


I meant harm (not hard!!!)
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Posted 25 October 2009 - 08:13 PM

sorry folks for lengthening the querry... but just wanted to inform that i asked the querry as i m not getting repeatable gels in terms if isoform resolution that is why this doubt creeped up my mind!!!
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 07:07 AM

vortexing will not harm the molecules but you may be increasing the amount of dissolved oxygen. oxygen will interfere with polymerization.

after vortexing you should degas (before adding persulfate).
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 07:37 PM

vortexing will not harm the molecules but you may be increasing the amount of dissolved oxygen. oxygen will interfere with polymerization.

after vortexing you should degas (before adding persulfate).


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Posted 27 October 2009 - 05:29 PM

I'll second mdfenko, dissolved oxygen in the solution will screw up the polymerization. If anyone is interested, APS and TEMED react together to form a free radical that initiates polymerization. Oxygen quenches the free radical stopping polymerization- My college biochem prof drilled this reaction into our heads!

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 06:57 PM

I'll second mdfenko, dissolved oxygen in the solution will screw up the polymerization. If anyone is interested, APS and TEMED react together to form a free radical that initiates polymerization. Oxygen quenches the free radical stopping polymerization- My college biochem prof drilled this reaction into our heads!


yup me aware of that.. that is the reason we overlay the seperating gel with saturated butanol!!!
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Posted 28 October 2009 - 05:26 AM

yup me aware of that.. that is the reason we overlay the separating gel with saturated butanol!!!


the overlay is to ensure a flat interface. over the years i have overlaid with water, buffer, butanol and isobutanol.

butanol and isobutanol won't mix with the aqueous acrylamide solution so can be applied with a little less care than a miscible overlay.

never worried about introduction of oxygen at this stage.
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