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Agarose is an essential tool in nucleic acid and protein separation in Genetic Engineering, Cell Culture and Microbiology.
Agarose is a natural product that forms an inert matrix used in Electrophoresis, Chromatography and other Molecular Biology and Biochemistry techniques. Likewise, it is neutral and easily derivatisable, so it is easy to bind to its structure proteins like enzymes, antigens or antibodies. Toxicity absence makes working with agarose very convenient.
|Agarose is neutral and free from toxic material so it can be handled freely. In addition to its uses in gels,agarose can be used to form support structures such as beads, to which proteins, such as enzymes and antibodies, as well as other products, including dyes and antigens, can be fixed for separations. Agarose is an indispensable tool for Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Structure and Microbiology.
The structure of the polysaccharide is a galactan, formed by linking agarobioses 1-3, 1-4, as shown in the illustration. This chemical structure gives agarose the capacity to form gels that are very resistant even at low concentrations.