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Tips for Preventing Protein Aggregation & Loss of Protein Solubility

Posted by The Protein Man on Jan 29, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Maintaining the stability and solubility of target proteins before, during and after purification is one of the biggest challenges researchers often run into. Proteins are extremely sensitive to solution conditions (i.e., pH and conductivity) and temperature. They also tend to aggregate at high concentrations required for structural studies. This can be a serious problem since protein aggregation can cause artifacts and hamper the biological activity of the target protein.

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Topics: Protein Extraction

How to set up a teaching biotech lab

Posted by The Protein Man on Jan 16, 2019 3:25:00 PM

Congratulations, your hard work and the powers that be have allowed you to start a biotech program and set up your very own biotechnology teaching lab. Where do you even begin?

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Topics: Teaching Biotechnology

How to Lyse Bacterial Cells

Posted by The Protein Man on Jan 15, 2019 2:30:00 PM

How do you break open bacterial cells in the lab? While the enzyme lysozyme is mainly responsible for lysing bacterial cells in nature, you can achieve the same effect by using particular enzymes, detergents, and chaotropic agents, and/or certain mechanical methods (e.g., sonication, repeated freezing and thawing, filtration, etc.).

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Topics: Protein Extraction

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