Coomassie staining of proteins on PVDF

Achim Recktenwald, PhD ARecktenwald at
Thu Nov 18 18:28:43 EST 1999


Is your protein perhaps very acidic, at least on the surface? Or does it
have a very hydrophobic patch that would bind to the hydrophobic membrane
and a very acidic patch exposed to the Coomassie solution?

Coomassie binds only to basic and hydrophobic residues.



"Thorsten Burmester" <thorsten at> wrote in message
news:3833CB4F.1A549E22 at
> I asked this question in bionet.molbio.proteins but it may be better
> here:
> After SDS-PAGE and Western transfer to PVDF I stained the proteins with
> 0.1% Coomassie Blue in H20 dd. Destaining with 50% methanol. To my
> surprise the band of interest was _not_ stained but remained white on a
> light blue background. Other proteins were stained well as expected. Any
> explanation?
> TIA,
> Thorsten
> --
> Thorsten Burmester
> thorsten at

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