Negative staining

P. Friedl di58 at
Mon Sep 25 04:42:18 EST 1995

In article <43tmqh$b3v at>, Kirsten Blake <KIRST at HMS01.HMS.UQ.OZ.AU> says:
>Dear netters,
>Can anyone offer an explanation as to why I get negatively stained 
>bands sometimes and not others when all conditions are the same. 
>I am using SDS-PAGE to separate out myosin isoforms. The gel has 6% 
>acrylamide and 30% glycerol in it. The buffer is a standard Lameli 
>buffer. The gels are run at 150V for 2-3 hours at RT. I run two gels 
>in parallel both made from the same gel mixture in the same buffer 
>but in seperate rigs. After silver staining I often find that a 
>sample has negatively stained on one gel but not on the other. Also, 
>samples that stain properly on several occasions every now and 
>then stain negatively. Often every sample on the gel stains 
>negatively but not always.
>I am aware of the common things that cause negative staining: Impure 
>water, overloading, metalloproteins,washing away silver reagent; and 
>have ruled out all of them.
>Can anyone shed some light onto this for me please!!!
>Thanks in advance.
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negative staining occurs if the redox potential of the 
gel matrix is lower than that of the protein band. If this
occurs, you should use Farmer's reducer for a complete destaining 
of the gel and then perform a second silverstain. Usually there 
is no more negative staining. 
Farmer's reducer 	2%[w/v] potassiumhexacyanoferrat
			3%[w/v] sodiumthiosulfate
			mix prior to use 1:1

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