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Miniaturised isotachophoresis of DNA

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>13/07/2007
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Chromatography A
Issue number1-2
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)154-159
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date12/01/07
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper presents the findings of a feasibility study investigating the behaviour of DNA under conditions of miniaturised isotachophoresis. An electrolyte system comprising a leading electrolyte of 5 mM perchloric acid at pH 6.0 and a terminating electrolyte of 10 mM gallic acid was devised and used to perform isotachophoresis of DNA containing samples on a miniaturised poly(methyl methacrylate) device. Under such conditions it was found that no separation of DNA fragments was observed with the substance migrating instead as a single isotachophoretic zone. Whilst such a result shows the method is unsuitable for analysis DNA it offers significant potential as a means of sample preparation for subsequent analysis using another method. This is because the single zone of DNA formed is preconcentrated to a constant concentration governed by the leading ion and is separated from all species with different effective electrophoretic mobilities.