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Volume 2, Pages 1551-1554
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2002.832
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Rapid Purification of Nuclei from Animal and Plant Tissues and Cultured Cells

School of Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Received 7 March 2002; Revised 14 May 2002; Accepted 15 May 2002

Copyright © 2002 John Graham.

Abstract

Nuclei are isolated by buoyant density banding in a discontinuous iodixanol gradient, under isoosmotic conditions. The low viscosity of the gradient allows the purification to be carried out at 10,000g in only 20 min. The method avoids possible damage to nucleoprotein complexes caused by hyperosmotic sucrose gradients. Although developed for mammalian liver the method can be applied (with or without minor modifications) to any tissue or cell type.