Huh7 and acetone;)

D.K. dk at
Sun Feb 8 00:50:02 EST 2004

On Sun, 08 Feb 2004 00:13:09 -0500, "P.C." <PC at> wrote:

>acetone is a very harsh precipitant. I would expect almost any protein 
>to lose activity. It might work for very soluble, small proteins, may be...

Sure, acetone is hard on many proteins. OTOH, it is surprisingly 
easy on many others. I'd guess the difference is just how 
well and compactly the protein is folded, and how much of a role
an internal solvent plays. 

Most of the classic biochemistry in 1960s on fractionating 
yeast enzymes was done with acid or acetone precipitation. 
Acetone powder preparations are at the core of muscle contractile
proteins biochemistry. And so on. 

That said, I wouldn't want any protein I worked hard to 
obtain to be exposed to acetone. Any acetone. The risk is just 
too high. 


>EK wrote:
>> "redeamer" <alion85 at> wrote in message
>> news:a86fd891.0402070046.6cd7b9f4 at
>>>Thanks a lot, Emir!
>>>very useful information on Invitrogen site...
>> Glad you found it useful :-
>>>however, acetone has a protein denaturing property...
>> That means it would not hurt to have a bit of cofactor metal dissolved in
>> the reconstitution buffer. I am OK with that.
>> -
>> Emir

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