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Development of an in-house protocol for the OFFGEL fractionation of plant proteins

Author(s): Delphine Vincent | Peter S. Solomon

Journal: Journal of Integrated OMICS
ISSN 2182-0287

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 216;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Triticum aestivum | leaf | apoplast | IPG strip | SDS-PAGE | Agilent 3100 OFFGEL fractionator

Protein sample prefractionation using off-gel technology coupled to mass spectrometry-based proteomics has proven very efficient in identifying novel proteins of low abundance in various biological systems with the exception of plant tissues. In this study, we have prefractionated protein samples from wheat leaves and apoplastic fluid using the Agilent 3100 OFFGEL fractionator along 3-10 pH range into 24 fractions. Two methods were compared: 1/ the Agilent method based on the use of a proprietary starter kit which comprises all the necessary consumables, and 2/ an in-house method in which focusing solutions were prepared using electrophoresis grade chemicals, and immobilised pH gradient (IPG) strips and electrode pads were acquired elsewhere. Method comparisons and quality of focusing were assessed using pH distributions, as well as one- and two-dimensional patterns. Both methods produced comparable well-resolved electrophoretic patterns. This study will allow other laboratories using OFFGEL device to consider in-house solutions.
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