Isolation of Mitochondria

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Isolation of Mitochondria

Post by David George » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:46 am

Guys do you have any idea how i can isolate mitochondria.If i centrifuge i think the mitochondria is going to get damaged.Please correct me if i am wrong...
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Post by canalon » Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:12 pm

Centrifugation in a density gradient is the way to go, as far as I know. something like Ficoll is probably used, I cannot imagine sucrose being very good...

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Re: Isolation of Mitochondria

Post by hplc » Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:15 pm

If you have homogenated cells you can use differential centrifugation. It's easy, and gives good results if you measure very exactly. If you sentrifugate the cells for 10 minutes with 1,000 g you should get pellet rich in nuclei and cellular debris. Another 20 minutes with 20,000 g and you should have pellet rich in mithocondria (and chloroplasts if you are talking about plant cells.) Then, extract the mithochondria carefully with a syringe or a vacuum-pipe, and you should have the mithocondria pretty isolated.

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