Letters in Peptide Science

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 127–133 | Cite as

A novel procedure for separating small peptides on polyacrylamide gels

  • Kwabena Sarfo
  • Greg B. G. Moorhead
  • Raymond J. Turner


A simple and fast procedure that allows the separation of small (1–3 kDa) peptides on glycine-SDS gels is described. Peptides were separated by glycine-SDS/PAGE as a result ofin situ complexation of peptide/SDS during electrophoretic migration and visualized by Coomassie blue staining. The data presented here shows the separation of small peptides of different isoelectric points, sizes, and hydrophobicity on polyacrylamide mini gels. Ten different peptides have been tested with this method. The data suggest the dependence of SDS/peptide complex formation and migration due to the number of basic amino acid residues, length of peptide and the hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity ratio.

Key words

detergent-binding PAGE SDS 





polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis


sodium dodecyl sulfate


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kwabena Sarfo
    • 1
  • Greg B. G. Moorhead
    • 1
  • Raymond J. Turner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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