bovine serum albumin
Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
---Elution of a commercial sample of bovine serum albumin (BSA) in a reversed-phase (RP) HPLC system at room temperature gives a distorted peak. If a shallow gradient is used during elution a split peak is observed. The nature of the several parts of this multiple peak is studied using sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), amino acid analysis, re-elution in RP-HPLC of collected fractions, capillary electrophoresis (CE), and matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). This study demonstrates that the split peak of BSA observed in these chromatographic conditions is due to the monomer, dimer and other aggregates existing in the commercial sample of the BSA used. Moreover, it is proved that typical RP-chromatographic conditions do not cause aggregation of BSA.
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