Modulation of optical density by sulfhydryl reagents in the microbiuret method: A modified method for protein determination in the presence of sulfhydryl reagents

H. Matsui, T. Kurosaki, M. Tokuda, O. Hatase

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Abstract

2-Mercaptoethanol increases the optical density of assay solutions at wavelengths between 280 to 400 nm, and therefore interferes with the measurement of protein concentration by the microbiuret method. Protein concentration can be determined in the presence of 2-mercaptoethanol up to 6 mM by modification of the method as follows: after the precipitation of protein by trichloroacetic acid in the presence of deoxycholate, the precipitate is resolubilized with NaOH solution. Dithiothreitol interfered with the protein determination even more than 2-mercaptoethanol, but determinations could be made in the presence of 4 mM of dithiothreitol with the modified microbiuret method. This modified method is time-saving and more reliable than other methods for protein determination, such as Lowry's method, in the presence of sulfhydryl reagents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-129
Number of pages5
JournalActa medica Okayama
Volume37
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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