Separating biological materials by size and charge

Gel electrophoresis

Electrophoresis is a common molecular biology technique that is used to separate biological materials by virtue of their size and/or charge.

In a gel electrophoresis experiment:

  • An electrical field prompts negatively charged material to migrate toward a positively charged cathode through a fibrous gel matrix.
  • The speed at which nucleotide chains and proteins migrate through the surrounding gel matrix is dependent upon their molecular weight.
  • Researchers can use this information identify specific components by virtue of their size.
  • Identification of specific nucleotide and protein components in electrophoresis is made possible through use of a carefully controlled set of molecular weight markers, colloquially known as a “ladder”.

    Molecular weight standards (ladder) for protein and DNA electrophoresis
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