2D gel electrophoresis

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It is a powerful method of separating protein along a tubular gel using iso-electric focusing and sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel. The sample undergoes iso-electric focusing first; an electrical current is passed through a gel with a pH gradient, and the proteins stop moving when they reach the pH at which they have no net charge - this is known as the Iso-electric point (pI). The sample is then placed horizontally on top of SDS-PAGE and spreads across. The sample then moves vertically down again to yield the second dimension based on the size of the protein, producing a 2D pattern. So the sample has been separated by virtue of Iso-electric point (pI), when they move horizontally and by virtue of their size; when they move down vertically. 

Because of the specificity of this method, it is possible to identify over one thousand proteins on the same gel, in one experiment [1]


  1. Stryer, Lubert; Tymoczko, John L.; Berg, Jeremy M., (2012) Biochemistry, 7th Edition, New York: WH Freeman and Co. Page 74
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