TCA on nucleic acid

Joseph C. Bagshaw jbagshaw at wpi.WPI.EDU
Fri Jun 24 10:27:47 EST 1994

In article <2ud4mc$co2 at> eqfvari at (Frank Vari) writes:
>Could anyone please tell me what the effect of 10% aqueous trichloroacetic
>acid (TCA) is on nucleic acids? Are there any good references that someone
>could point me in the direction of? Please Email me or post a response here. 
>Many thanks. 
>* Frank Vari at the Australian Equine Blood Typing Research Lab.    *
>* University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia, 4072.    *
>*                                                                   *
>*	Email:	F.Vari at                             * 
>*                                                                   *

10% TCA will precipitate DNA, RNA, proteins, and you if
your not carefull.  TCA precipitation is often used to
prepare samples for liquid scintillation counting, e.g.
proteins or R/DNA radiolabelled in vitro or in vivo.  
It can also be used to precipitate proteins and concentrate
them prior to SDS PAGE.  It's not a nice thing to do if
you want to recover anything functional.

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