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5X, 6X sds gel loading buffer

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#1 biotef



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Posted 16 September 2016 - 11:35 PM

I am trying to prepare 5X and 6X gel loading buffer( we routinely used 2X but sample volume was getting restricted, we want to load more volume of sample). the composition i follow for 5X is 0.375 mM tris pH 6.8, glycerol 50%, sds 10%, BPB for colour. i slightly heat solution while preparing to dissolve sds. however on storage at RT (22-25º C) we find crystals, probably of sds due to which we cannot pipette solution. is there anything wrong in my composition. how do i resolve this. do i need to heat solution everytime i need gel loading buffer. please guide me on this. thanks

#2 labtastic



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Posted 17 September 2016 - 07:02 PM

Normal.  Its not unusual for sds to crash out at that concentration.


Microwave your 5-6x stock for a few seconds (5-20s) and it'll be good to use.


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Posted 19 September 2016 - 03:37 AM

i've never had 10% sds crash out at room temperature.


maybe the vessel or one of your stock solutions is contaminated with a cation that forms a precipitate with sds?

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Posted 20 September 2016 - 06:53 PM

10% SDS in 50% glycerol (i.e. 5x sample buffer) has always crashed out in every batch I've made for the last 15 years. I assume this is why it's hard to buy 5-6x loading buffer with this formulation. Most commercial 5x recipes that I've seen have either less glycerol or less sds.


10% sds in water usually shouldn't crash out, but can on occasion...depends on manufacturer and, as you suggested, probably purity.


Non-issue after a few seconds of microwaving tho. smile.png

Edited by labtastic, 20 September 2016 - 07:09 PM.

#5 Missle



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Posted 28 September 2016 - 06:46 AM

I hate making 5x because of this reason (and getting the SDS into solution) and so purchase Pierce's 5x Lane Marker sample buffers (~$60 for 5mL). It's not too expensive given my level of SDS-PAGE usage and saves time....

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