About mercaptoethanol

asanchez at cibnor.mx asanchez at cibnor.mx
Fri Jun 2 17:37:52 EST 2000


Today I was talking about mercaptoethanol, and I said that it
denaturalizes proteins. Somebody call my attention to say that it is
not true, that mercaptoethanol is a reducer agent, not a
protein "denaturalizer".

Can someone tell me if I am right or not? By reducing the environment
of the protein it denatures the protein, so it must be considered as a
denaturing agent...or not????


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