Cleaning sequencing gel plates

Cornelius Krasel krasel at
Sun Nov 21 14:45:52 EST 1993

Jim Owens (jow at wrote:
: In article <931116174415_76467.702_BHA63-1 at CompuServe.COM> Alan Gerstein,
: 76467.702 at CompuServe.COM writes:
: >Do you use 0.5 - 1.5 M sodium hydroxide to clean your glass plates?

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: The only reason to use strongly basic cleaners is to remove the silane
: applied to the plates.  For that, we use warm KOH by dissolving KOH in a
: small amount of water and smearing it over the plates for 15 seconds or
: so.

In my experience, it is also possible to get rid of silane (repel silane
as well as binding silane) by cleaning the plates with acetone (after
the usual procedures with water/detergent).

Just my $0.02, Cornelius.

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