I'm having issues with some of my lysates. I get huge variation in my protein estimations and therefore my beta actin when I run the gel. I don't believe it is my pipetting or loading, as I don't have this issue with other lysates and my standard curves for the protein estimations are pretty much perfect. I think that the issue is because the lysates are not homogenous or they are too sticky/thick. I am extracting membrane proteins (specifically Pgp, MRP1 and ABCG2) with the following protocol:
Add lysis buffer (RIPA buffer + protease inhibitor and 0.1% SDS) to plated cells and place on rocker at 4 degrees C for 30 mins. Sonicate, then spin at 13.2 RPM for 15 mins. Store supernatant at -80 until ready to use.
Does anyone have any suggestions to improve this problem? Or even another extraction protocol that they have had success with for these proteins?