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Identification and quantification of mucin expression

Journal article
Authors Kristina A Thomsson
Gunnar C. Hansson
Published in Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
Volume 742
Pages 127-41
ISSN 1940-6029
Publication year 2011
Published at Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Pages 127-41
Language en
Subject categories Medical Biotechnology (with a focus on Cell Biology (including Stem Cell Biology), Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry or Biopharmacy)


The major phenotype of CF is the accumulation of mucus, a phenomenon whose relation to the dysfunctional CFTR is still not fully understood. This means that studies of mucus and its main component, the mucins, are important. Due to the large size and high glycosylation level, such questions need special considerations and methodology. We describe methods for the general quantification of heavily glycosylated proteins as the mucins using dot/slot blot. We also describe the separation of the mucins by gel electrophoresis and the identification with specific antibodies on Western blot and by proteomics.

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