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High-resolution autoradiographic image intensifierRapid enhancement of low energy beta-emittersFor polyacrylamide gels, paper chromatography, and TLC platesWater-based, odorless, contains no DMSO


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Catalog Number: LS-315
Size: 1 liter

  • High-resolution autoradiographic image intensifier
  • Rapid enhancement of low energy beta-emitters
  • For polyacrylamide gels, paper chromatography, and TLC plates
  • Water-based, odorless, contains no DMSO
Autofluor represents the first water-soluble scintillation phosphor to be developed and applied directly for use as an autoradiographic image intensifier. Autofluor rapidly penetrates acrylamide gel systems and maximizes energy transfer from labeled compound to phosphor. Autofluor contains no dimethylsulfoxide or acidic aromatic solvents. Therefore, the hazards of use related to these materials are eliminated. The band distortion that is associated with using nonaqueous enhancers is also eliminated.

  • In the figure to the right, the gel on the left (7%, 1mm) was dehydrated in DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) for one hour, then impregnated in PPO-DMSO for one hour and precipitated and dried. The gel on the right was impregnated with Autofluor for one hour and dried. Both gels were exposed for 24 hours at -76°C on Kodak XR-5 X-OMat film. The single tritiated band contains 5000 dpm. Note the higher degree of resolution and band discrimination with Autofluor vs PPO-DMSO.The Autofluor procedure is the shortest and easiest procedure yet developed for enhancement and visualization of beta-emitters. In an independent test comparing eight different fluorographic methods for the detection of 35S-labeled proteins in polyacrylamide gels, Autofluor was the most effective. With Autofluor, the dpm/mm2 required to half-saturate the x-ray film was 1/8 that required by autoradiography alone.

    Storage: Autofluor has a shelf life of at least one year stored at room temperature, out of direct sunlight. Keep from freezing. At temperatures less than 20°C precipitation of water soluble phosphors may occur. Warming to approximately 30°C will redissolve the phosphors.

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Weight 4.8 lbs
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 14 in


After staining, fix the gel with 5% glacial acetic acid, 5% isopropyl alcohol, and 90% water. Fix for 15 to 20 minutes. Pour off fixing solution and discard according to radioactive disposal procedures.

2. Rinse the gel in a continuous flow of tap water for 15 minutes to assure the complete removal of acetic acid residue.

[To prevent crystal formation, it is important that the gel be thoroughly rinsed after fixing. Should the gel develop white crystals on contact with Autofluor, dissolve the precipitate by soaking the gel in a solution of 1g sodium carbonate/100ml water or 1X TRIS Buffer. Soak the gel in Autofluor until the white precipitate dissolves. Repeat from the beginning of step two.}

3. Cover gel with Autofluor until the depth of Autofluor is twice the thickness of the gel. Gently agitate in Autofluor for 30 min/mm of gel thickness. Pour off remaining Autofluor and retain for future use. Label reserved material as radioactive. Autofluor may be reused several times before a diminishing response is observed.

4. DO NOT WASH GEL. Place directly on filter paper and dry on gel dryer under heat (80°C) and vacuum.

5. The gel will have a white to light tan sparkling appearance similar to freshly fallen snow.

6. Place on film and expose at -76°C. Due to the higher light output of the Autofluor phosphor, less exposure time is needed for gels treated with Autofluor than for gels treated with PPO/DMSO. Sufficient exposure time for a 5000 dpm/band is 24 hours. Overexposure of the film will cause the bands to become fuzzy and resolution to be lost.

7. Develop film according to manufacturer’s instructions.

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