Figure 9.4. Isolation of rough ER.

Figure 9.4Isolation of rough ER

When cells are disrupted, the ER fragments into small vesicles called microsomes. The microsomes derived from the rough ER (rough microsomes) are lined with ribosomes on their outer surface. Because ribosomes contain large amounts of RNA, the rough microsomes are denser than smooth microsomes and can be isolated by equilibrium density-gradient centrifugation.

From: The Endoplasmic Reticulum

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The Cell: A Molecular Approach. 2nd edition.
Cooper GM.
Sunderland (MA): Sinauer Associates; 2000.
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