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Volume 2 (2002), Pages 1547-1550
Peer-Reviewed Protocol

OptiPrep? Density Gradient Solutions for Macromolecules and Macromolecular Complexes

School of Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Received 7 March 2002; Accepted 15 May 2002

Copyright © 2002 John Graham.


Any density gradient for the isolation of mammalian cells should ideally only expose the sedimenting particles to an increasing concentration of the gradient solute. Thus they will experience only an increasing density and viscosity, other parameters such as osmolality, pH, ionic strength and the concentration of important additives (such as EDTA or divalent cations) should remain as close to constant as possible. This Protocol Article describes the strategies for the dilution of OptiPrep™ in order to prepare such solutions for mammalian cells.