I want to characterize Proteins
Measurements of proteins by light scattering and SEC can provide a great deal of information including absolute molecular weight, absolute size, oligomerisation state, aggregate formation and sample polydispersity, melting point, conjugate composition and second virial coefficient.
I want to measure:
Protein Hydrodynamic size Size relates directly to protein conformation and, thus, its function. The size and quality of a protein sample and its likely activity can be assessed through DLS measurements.
Protein Molecular Weight The intensity of scattered light is proportional to a molecule's molecular weight. The absolute molecular weight of a pure protein can be measured using light scattering techniques
Proteins using Size-Exclusion Chromatography Adding light scattering to the end of a size exclusion chromatography system allows absolute measurement of protein size independently from column calibration. The regular structure of proteins means the size can be related to their molecular weight.
Protein melting point The temperature at which a protein breaks down and loses its structure is its melting point. Performing temperature dependent size measurements allows the melting point of a protein to be estimated.
Protein crystallization Crystallization likelihood can be assessed by monitoring the polydispersity (size distribution width) of a sample. A sample with low polydispersity will have a greater chance of crystallizing.