[Protein-analysis] Re: SDS-PAGE shows two bands ?

Allison allison at nospam.com
Fri Jan 27 16:16:15 EST 2006

Stephen McMahon wrote:

> Hi, 
> I have purified a protein of unknown sequence that runs as a single peak on
> gel filtration.  An analysis on SDS-PAGE shows two bands.  Before staining
> the gel (coomassie) the upper of the two bands is already clearly visible
> (~24kDa).  The lower band only becomes visible after staining (12kDa).  My
> feeling is the two bands represent the same protein and the upper band has
> something covalently attached (some sort of dye) such that the protein runs
> erratically on SDS-PAGE and allows it to be visualized without staining.

What size does your protein elute at from the gel filtration column?  If 
it is around 36K (or other combination of 12K and 24K) then run a 
non-reducing SDS-PAGE -  your protein may have subunits held together by 
disulphide bonds.

Does the protein peak from the gel filtration column have the same 
colour as the band on the gel?


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