Denaturing Gel Electrophoresis of DNA in Alkaline Agarose Gels


One of the simplest ways to separate DNA under denaturing conditions is to use an alkaline agarose gel. This method is not, however, suitable for RNA because it is rapidly hydrolysed in alkaline conditions. Similarly, DNA containing ribonucleotides will be nicked.

Keywords: RNA/DNA; denature; alkaline agarose

Figure 1.

Submarine slab gel apparatus.



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Southern, Edwin M(Oct 2002) Denaturing Gel Electrophoresis of DNA in Alkaline Agarose Gels. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003758]