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Actions Shares. Embeds 0 No embeds. No notes for slide. Centrifugation Course: B. General Steps in Biochemical Separation 4. If there is no difference in density isopyknic conditions , the particles stay steady. Since o equals 2 radians, one revolution of the rotor can be expressed as 2 rad.

The relative centrifugal field g , RCF, which is the ratio of the centrifugal acceleration at a specified radius and the speed to the standard acceleration of gravity, can be calculated from the following equation: Types of rotors 2. This is not only important with respect to safety, but it might be also cause vibration-induced damage to the rotor itself and the drive shaft of the centrifuge. Thus, rotors should be thoroughly washed with distilled or deionised water after every run. While titanium alloys are quite corrosion-resistant, aluminum alloys are not.

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Most rotors are designed to hold tubes that contain the samples. Swinging bucket rotors allow the tubes to hang on hinges so the tubes reorient to the horizontal as the rotor initially accelerates. Fixed angle rotors are made of a single block of metal and hold the tubes in cavities bored at a predetermined angle.

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Zonal rotors are designed to contain a large volume of sample in a single central cavity rather than in tubes. Some zonal rotors are capable of dynamic loading and unloading of samples while the rotor is spinning at high speed.

They can also be used for gradient separations, in which the tubes are filled from top to bottom with an increasing concentration of a dense substance in solution. Sucrose gradients are typically used for separation of cellular organelles. Gradients of caesium salts are used for separation of nucleic acids.

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After the sample has spun at high speed for sufficient time to produce the separation, the rotor is allowed to come to a smooth stop and the gradient is gently pumped out of each tube to isolate the separated components. Differential centrifugation Based on the differences in the sedimentation rate of the biological particles of different size, shape and density Preparative Centrifugation Types 4.

Moving Boundary differential velocity Centrifugation 1 The entire tube is filled with sample and centrifuged 2 Through centrifugation, one obtains a separation of two particles but any particle in the mixture may end up in the supernatant or in the pellet or it may be distributed in both fractions, depending upon its size, shape, density, and conditions of centrifugation 3 Repeat sedimentation at different speed Application: low resolution separation such as preparation of nucleus 5.

Although the proper separation of many subcellular structures is absolutely dependent on preparative ultracentrifugation, the isolation of large cellular structures, the nuclear fraction, mitochondria, chloroplasts or large protein precipitates can be achieved by conventional high-speed refrigerated centrifugation. Zonal or Rate Zonal Centrifugation Sucrose density gradient centrifugation 2. Iso-density Isopycnic Centrifugation Caesium chloride density gradient centrifugation Moving Zone Centrifugation 1.

Sample is applied in a thin zone at the top of the centrifuge tube on a density gradient 7. Under centrifugal force, the particles will begin sedimenting through the gradient in separate zones according to their size shape and density Insufficient time Incomplete separation Overtimeco precipitation of all analytes 8. Iso-density Isopyncic Centrifugation 1.

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