Unit

UNIT 10.2 One-Dimensional Isoelectric Focusing of Proteins in Slab Gels

  1. Hidde L. Ploegh

Published Online: 1 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471140864.ps1002s00

Current Protocols in Protein Science

Current Protocols in Protein Science

How to Cite

Ploegh, H. L. 2001. One-Dimensional Isoelectric Focusing of Proteins in Slab Gels. Current Protocols in Protein Science. 00:10.2:10.2.1–10.2.8.

Author Information

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
  2. Published Print: JUN 1995

Abstract

This unit describes isoelectric focusing (IEF) of polypeptides in urea-containing polyacrylamide slab gels as a result of a pH gradient created by ampholytes (small charged organic molecules) in the gel in response to an electric field. Separation on the basis of isoelectric point produces bands of polypeptides that can be electrotransferred to suitable membranes for further analysis, for example, by staining or immunodetection. If samples have been radiolabeled, they can be visualized by fluorography. This unit contains support protocols detailing special conditions for application of denaturing IEF slab gels for electrotransfer and fluorography in which a scintillator is incorporated into the gel after completion of the run to facilitate detection of radioactively labeled polypeptides.