Ponceau S staining problem...

Sean Patterson seanpat at fmed2.uncu.edu.ar
Thu Nov 30 08:14:05 EST 2000

>I've tried 2 or 3 different protocols for Ponceau staining of
>nitrocellulose membranes, and can't seem to get my proteins to stain...
>the subsequent westerns are fine, indicating that protein electrophoresis
>and blotting was successful... but all I ever see with Ponceau is the
>tracking dye showing up. This doesn't appear to be a matter of amount of
>proteins, as I've tried putting a lot on the membrane and still nothing.
>I'm using Bio-Rad NC if that is useful info... any suggestions??
>"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the
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>Neal Melvin
>University of Calgary - Faculty of Medicine
>Department of Neuroscience - Neuroscience Research Group (NRG)
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Are you blotting with SDS present? I find it interferes substantially 
with the Ponceau staining - but a couple of washes in water (or 
buffer) sort out the problem



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