DEPC treatment of ethanol

Michael L. Sullivan mlsulliv at
Tue Nov 14 09:52:31 EST 2000

>What happens when you try to DEPC treat amine-containing solutions fx. TRIS?

Well, the DEPC simply reacts with the excess of amine groups in solution.
Consequently, the DEPC is not available to react with amine groups in
proteins, like RNase.  So in this case, it's not a matter of something bad
happening, just a case of wasting money on a treatment that would be


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