Combining non-reducing SDS-PAGE analysis and chemical crosslinking to detect multimeric complexes stabilized by disulfide linkages in mammalian cells in culture

Shawna M. Rotoli, Salvatore J. Caradonna

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The structures of many proteins are stabilized through covalent disulfide linkages. In recent work, this bond has also been classified as a posttranslational modification. Thus, it is important to be able to study this modification in living cells. A simple method to analyze these cysteinestabilized multimeric complexes is through a two-step method of non-reducing SDS-PAGE analysis and formaldehyde cross-linking. This twostep method is advantageous as the first step to uncovering multimeric complexes stabilized by disulfide linkages due to its technical ease and low cost of operation. Here, the human bone osteosarcoma cell line U-2 OS is used to illustrate this method by specifically analyzing the nuclear isoform of dUTPase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere59483
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number147
StatePublished - May 2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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