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High Resolution Protein Display by Two-Dimensional Electrophoresis

[ Vol. 5 , Issue. 2 ]


Gert Van den Bergh and Lutgarde Arckens   Pages 106 - 115 ( 10 )


Two-dimensional electrophoresis has, for many years, been the primary workhorse for performing functional proteomics, the large-scale analysis of protein expression differences. Despite its merits, limitations inherent to this technology have been recognized for a long time, ranging from its gel-to-gel variability to its inability to represent several classes of proteins. Recently, however, technical advances in two-dimensional electrophoresis have alleviated several of these drawbacks. Fractionation approaches prior to two-dimensional electrophoresis, e.g. by chromatography, organelle fractionation or Equalizer Beads technology, have increased the number of visible proteins. Fluorescent two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis has boosted the quantitative aspects of two-dimensional electrophoresis. New protein stains have also enabled the analysis of post-translationally modified proteins. As a result, two-dimensional electrophoresis has been thoroughly modernized, enabling it to remain the preferred method for protein expression analysis in a large number of laboratories. In this review we will give an overview of these technological advances.


Two-dimensionalelectrophoresis, Proteomics, Phosphorylation, Glycosylation, 2-D DIGE, Protein prefractionation


Laboratory of Neuroplasticity, Department of Biology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Naamsestraat 59, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium.

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