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Ferguson plots based on absolute mobilities in polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis: Dependence of linearity of polymerization conditions and application to the determination of free mobility

Butterman, M., Tietz, D., Orbán, L. and Chrambach, A. (1988) Ferguson plots based on absolute mobilities in polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis: Dependence of linearity of polymerization conditions and application to the determination of free mobility. Electrophoresis, 9 (7). pp. 293-298.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/elps.1150090702
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Abstract

In contrast to Ferguson plots based on relative mobilities, Ferguson plots of proteins in polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis based on their absolute mobilities were found to be linear under unusual polymerization conditions which yield relatively wide gel fibers and a low total fiber length per unit weight, but not under previously and commonly used conditions. These linear Ferguson plots in gels of 1, 3 and 5% crosslinking intersect at a single gel concentration between 1 and 2 %T (M-point). It is postulated that the measure of free mobility of the proteins is the M-point, and not the intercept of their Ferguson plots with the mobility axis as assumed previously. This postulate abolishes the well-known paradoxical interpretation of the increase with %C of the linearly extrapolated intercept of the Ferguson plot with the log(mobility) axis (designated Yo) in terms of free mobility. The postulate is also compatible with the interpretation of the points of intersection of the Ferguson plots of oligomeric series of proteins at finite gel concentrations (designated μ-points) as their common free mobilities.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Copyright: © 1988 VCH Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/30348
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