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Agarose gel electrophoresis is the most effective way of separating DNA fragments of varying sizes ranging from bp to 25 kb 1. Agarose is isolated from the seaweed genera Gelidium and Gracilariaand consists of repeated agarobiose L- and D-galactose subunits 2.

During gelation, agarose polymers associate non-covalently and form a network of bundles whose pore sizes determine a gel’s elektroofresis sieving properties. The use of agarose gel electrophoresis revolutionized the separation of DNA. Prior to the adoption of agarose gels, DNA was primarily separated using sucrose density jurnla centrifugation, which only provided an approximation of size.

Juurnal separate DNA using agarose gel electrophoresis, the DNA is loaded into pre-cast wells in the gel and a current applied. The phosphate backbone of the DNA and RNA molecule is negatively charged, therefore when placed in an electric field, DNA fragments will migrate to the positively charged anode.

Agarose Gel Electrophoresis for the Separation of DNA Fragments

The leading model for DNA movement through an agarose gel is “biased reptation”, whereby the leading edge moves forward and pulls the rest of the molecule along 4. The rate of migration of a DNA molecule through a gel is determined by the following: After separation, the DNA molecules can be visualized under uv light after staining with an appropriate dye.

By following elejtroforesis protocol, students uurnal be able to: Understand the mechanism by which DNA fragments are separated within a gel matrix 2. Understand how conformation of the DNA molecule will determine its mobility through a gel matrix 3.

Identify an agarose solution of appropriate concentration for their needs 4. Prepare an agarose gel for electrophoresis of DNA samples 5.

Set up the gel electrophoresis apparatus and power supply 6. Select an appropriate voltage for the separation of DNA fragments 7. Understand the mechanism by which ethidium bromide allows for the visualization of DNA bands 8. Determine the sizes of separated DNA fragments. Progein is a suspected carcinogen and must be properly disposed of per institution regulations.

Gloves should always be worn when junral gels containing EtBr. Alternative dyes for the staining of DNA are available; however EtBr remains the most popular one due to its sensitivity and cost. Figure 5 represents a typical result after agarose gel electrophoresis of PCR products. After separation, the elektroforeeis DNA fragments are visible as clearly defined bands. The DNA standard or ladder should be separated to a degree that allows for the useful determination of the sizes of sample bands.

In the example shown, DNA fragments of bp, bp and bp are separated on a 1.

An image of a gel post electrophoresis. EtBr was added to the gel before electrophoresis to a final concentration of 0. The gel was exposed to uv light and the picture taken with a gel documentation system.

Agarose gel electrophoresis has proven to be an efficient and effective way of separating nucleic acids. Agarose’s high gel strength allows for the handling of low percentage gels for the separation of large DNA fragments. Molecular sieving is determined by the size of pores generated by the bundles of agarose 7 in the gel matrix.


In general, the higher the concentration of agarose, the smaller the pore size. Traditional agarose gels are most effective at the separation of DNA fragments between bp and 25 kb. To elektrofoersis DNA fragments larger than 25 kb, one will need to use pulse eletroforesis gel electrophoresis 6which involves the application of alternating current from two different directions.

In this way larger sized DNA fragments are separated by the speed at which they reorient themselves with the changes in current direction. DNA fragments smaller than bp are more effectively separated using polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Unlike agarose gels, the polyacrylamide gel matrix is formed through a free radical driven chemical reaction.

These thinner gels are of higher concentration, are run vertically and have better resolution. In modern DNA sequencing capillary electrophoresis is used, whereby capillary tubes are filled with a gel matrix. The use of capillary tubes allows for the application of high voltages, thereby enabling the separation of DNA fragments and the determination of DNA sequence quickly.

Agarose can be modified to create low melting agarose through hydroxyethylation. Low melting elektroforezis is generally used when the isolation of separated DNA fragments is desired.

Hydroxyethylation reduces the packing density of the agarose bundles, effectively reducing their pore size 8.

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This means that a DNA fragment of the same size will take longer to move through a elektroforewis melting agarose gel as opposed to a standard agarose gel. Because the bundles associate with one another through non-covalent interactions 9it is possible to re-melt an agarose gel after it has set.

EtBr is the most common reagent used to stain DNA in agarose gels When exposed to uv light, electrons in the aromatic ring of the ethidium molecule are activated, which leads to the release of energy light as the electrons return to ground state.

EtBr works by intercalating itself in the DNA molecule in a concentration dependent manner. EtBr is a suspect mutagen and carcinogen, therefore one must exercise care when handling agarose gels containing it. In addition, EtBr is considered a hazardous waste and must be disposed of appropriately. Of these, Methyl Blue and Crystal Violet do not require exposure of the gel to uv light for visualization of Murnal bands, thereby reducing the probability of mutation if recovery of the DNA fragment from the gel is desired.

However, their sensitivities are lower than that of EtBr. Moreover, all elektroforresis the alternative dyes either cannot be or do not work well when added directly to the gel, therefore the gel will have to be post stained after prootein.

Because of cost, ease of use, and sensitivity, EtBr still remains the dye of choice for many researchers. However, in certain situations, such as when hazardous waste disposal is difficult or when young students are performing an experiment, a less toxic dye may be preferred. Loading dyes used in gel electrophoresis serve three major purposes. First they add density to the sample, allowing it to sink into the gel. Second, the dyes provide color and simplify the loading process.

Finally, the dyes move at standard rates through the gel, allowing for the estimation of the distance that DNA fragments have migrated. The exact sizes of separated DNA fragments can be determined by plotting the log of the molecular weight for the different bands of a DNA standard against the distance traveled by each band. It is important to note that different forms of DNA move through the gel at different rates.


Supercoiled plasmid DNA, because of its compact conformation, moves through the gel fastest, followed by a linear DNA fragment of the same size, with the open circular form traveling the slowest. In conclusion, since the adoption of agarose gels in the s for the separation of DNA, it has proven to be one of the most useful and versatile techniques in biological sciences research.

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Abstract Agarose gel electrophoresis is the most effective way of separating DNA fragments of varying sizes ranging from bp to 25 kb 1. Preparation of the Gel Weigh out the appropriate mass of agarose into an Erlenmeyer flask.

The concentration of agarose in a gel will depend on the sizes of the DNA fragments to be separated, with most gels ranging between 0. Add running buffer to the agarose-containing flask. This is most commonly done by heating in a microwave, but can also be done over a Bunsen flame. At 30 s intervals, remove the flask and swirl the contents to mix well.

Repeat until the agarose has completely dissolved. Add ethidium bromide EtBr to a concentration of 0. Alternatively, the gel may also be stained after electrophoresis in running buffer containing 0. Failure to do so will warp the gel tray. Place the gel tray into the casting apparatus. Alternatively, one may also tape the open edges of a gel tray to create a mold. Place an appropriate comb into the gel mold to create the wells. Pour the molten agarose into the gel mold. Allow the agarose to set at room temperature.

Remove the comb and place the gel in the gel box. Gel loading dye is typically made at 6X concentration 0. Loading dye helps to track how far your DNA sample has traveled, and also allows the sample to sink into the gel.

Add enough running buffer to cover the surface of the gel. It is important to use the same running buffer as the one used to prepare the gel. Attach the leads of the gel box to the power supply. Turn on the power supply and verify that both gel box and power supply are working. Slowly and carefully load the DNA sample s into the gel Fig. An appropriate DNA size marker should always be loaded along with experimental samples. Replace the lid to the gel box.

The cathode black leads should be closer the elektroforesos than the anode red leads. Double check that the electrodes are plugged into the correct slots in the power supply.

Observing Separated DNA fragments When electrophoresis has completed, turn off the power supply and remove the lid of the gel box. Remove gel from the gel box.