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PITC Edman's Reagent

(Electrophoresis Reagent)

E110   Phenylisothiocyanate
[ 103-72-0 ]   f.w.: 135.2 daltons

PITC, phenylisothiocyanate, also known as Edman's Reagent, enables the sequential degradation of amino acids in a polypeptide chain, yielding primary structural information. PITC reacts readily with amino acids at alkaline pH. Precolumn derivatization results in phenylthiocarbamyl derivatives (PTC-amino acids) that can be separated and quantified using reverse-phase HPLC. This method produces stable products with all amino acids, including proline. PITC is volatile, making it possible to remove excess reagent in vacuo, thereby minimizing the possibility of reagent interference. Detection of picomole quantities of the derivatives can be achieved using a UV detector at 254nm. PITC derivatization followed by reverse-phase chromatography can be used for identification and quantitation of methylated, halogenated, phosphorylated and sulfonated amino acids.

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10gm + $34.20
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  • For pre-column derivatization of amino acids for picomole detection levels in HPLC
  • Reacts with amine groups of amino acids in 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature to yield products that are detectable by UV absorbance (Emax = 254nm)
  • Produces phenylthiocarbamyl (PTC) derivatives that can be separated and quantified in 30 minutes using reverse-phase HPLC
  • Produces stable products with all amino acids, including proline