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Modulation of optical density by sulfhydryl reagents in microbiuret method: a modified method for protein determination in the presence of sulfhydryl reagents

Matsui, H.; Kurosaki, T.; Tokuda, M.; Hatase, O.

Acta Medica Okayama 37(2): 125-129


ISSN/ISBN: 0386-300X
PMID: 6869062
Accession: 043670938

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2-Mercaptoethanol increases the optical density of assay solutions at wavelengths between 280 to 400 nm, and therefore interferes with the measurement of protein concentration by the microbiuret method. Protein concentration can be determined in the presence of 2-mercaptoethanol up to 6 mM by modification of the method as follows: after the precipitation of protein by trichloroacetic acid in the presence of deoxycholate, the precipitate is resolubilized with NaOH solution. Dithiothreitol interfered with the protein determinations could by made in the presence of 4 mM of dithiothreitol with the modified microbiuret method. This modified method is time-saving and more reliable than other methods for protein determination, such as Lowry's method, in the presence of sulfhydryl reagents.

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