Contemporary methodology for protein structure determination

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Science  19 Oct 1984:
Vol. 226, Issue 4672, pp. 304-311
DOI: 10.1126/science.6385254


The techniques used for the characterization of protein and peptide structure have undergone great changes that have improved the speed, reliability, and applicability of the process. High-performance liquid chromatography and gel electrophoresis have made the purification of proteins and peptides a routine procedure, even when the compound of interest is a minor component of a complex biological mixture. The chemistry and instrumentation used in amino acid analysis and amino acid sequencing now permit the analysis of as little as 5 to 50 picomoles of samples. This represents an increase in sensitivity of more than a thousandfold over the last 10 years and has made possible the structural analysis of a wide variety of scarce but important compounds.

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