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Anal Biochem. 2004 Feb 1;325(1):121-5.

Solubilization of membrane proteins for two-dimensional gel electrophoresis: identification of sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane proteins.

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  • 1Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, The Ohio State University, 304 Hamilton Hall, 1645 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.


Solubilization of membrane proteins for two-dimensional electrophoresis (2DE) is very difficult. In this study, we report the use of 1,2-diheptanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatdiyl choline (DHPC) as a detergent to solubilize integral membrane proteins for 2DE. Rat ventricular microsomal fractions enriched with sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum (SR) membrane proteins were used as a model system. Compatibility of DHPC with a high concentration of urea increases the solubility of proteins compared with sulphobetaines or ASB-14. Peptide mass analysis assisted in the identification of key SR membrane proteins including SR Ca(2+) ATPase and other membrane proteins, which have not previously been reported on 2DE. These results suggest that DHPC is a better detergent for solubilizing membrane proteins and may be useful in generating proteomic maps for most complex organelles including SR.

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