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destaining SDS-PAGE

Emir ekhatipo at NOSPAMmidway.uchicago.edu
Wed Jan 24 12:47:51 EST 2001

Since you seem to be concerned about impurities, are you aware that you can
destain using just H2O? I have been doing it for quite a lot with 10%, 15%,
4-20% acrilamide, and it works fine. Place your stained gel into a plastic
container (lid from pipet tip box will do), poor water to cover the gel
(~half a container), cover with saran wrap or anything that fits the needs
(glass plate, etc.), microwave 3-5 min to let it boil well, repeat a couple
of times until the gel is destained.
- Emir

"Michael Witty" <mw132 at mole.bio.cam.ac.uk> wrote in message
news:Pine.SGI.3.96.1010124093343.5931816B-100000 at mole.bio.cam.ac.uk...
> Dear Dima and Hiranya,
>                      is it cellulose or impurities in the tissue that
> absorb the coomassie?  Are kimwipes snowy white tissues or light brown low
> quality ones?  (we don't get them in the UK).  Sorry to keep labouring the
> point!  Mike.
> On Tue, 23 Jan 2001, Dima Klenchin wrote:
> >
> > There is nothing wrong with kimwipes. Cellulose binds coomassie
> > quite tightly.
> >         - Dima
> From: "Dr. Hiranya S. Roychowdhury" <hroychow at nmsu.edu>
> them thin and float them in the destain. Kimwipes or cellulosic materials,
> that do not fall apart in the destain, may also be used. This is nothing
> new and I wonder why more labs don't do this. The destain, if kept
> properly
> sealed, can be used several times. No change of destaining solution is
> needed and the gel is destained with a very clear background.

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