These assays are useful for determing if proteins being assayed have targeted to
The translation reaction is layered on top of a sucrose cushion (1x retic,0.5M
and spun at 100 000xg for 15 minutes. This can be done either in the airfuge or the
depending on the number of samples. The sucrose cushion is usually 2x the volume of
the translation reaction but it can be larger. After spinning, the samples are separated
into top (half of total volume), middle (other half of total volume), and bottom (pellet).
The bottom fraction is resuspended in an equal volume of 0.1M Tris, 1% SDS, pH 8
and heated to 65ºC for 15 minutes. Equal volumes of each fraction are
then run on SDS-PAGE. An equivalent of 0.5 to 1ml of the original translation reaction
gives best results.
Pelleting assays can also be performed in urea for targeting of molecules (such as SRa
) that are
resistant to extraction by denaturants.