David Winterbourne sghk100 at sghms.ac.uk
Mon Apr 22 03:36:23 EST 1996

In article <3178073A.41C67EA6 at tuba.calpoly.edu>, smccullo at tuba.calpoly.edu 

>What exactly does CTAB do?

CTAB is a positively charged detergent. It binds to polyanions making a 
hydrophobic complex that precipitates in aqueous solution. As the strength of 
the ionic bonds varies with the polyanion, specificity can be obtained by 
varying the pH or ionic strength.

Dr. David Winterbourne
Department of Surgery
St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE, England
Tel: 0181-725-5581   Fax: 0181-725-3594

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