Quantification of 32P-labeled samples in gel fragments using the flat-bed liquid scintillation counter.
Potter CG., Tan CC., Ratcliffe PJ.
Quantification of 32P in bands after gel electrophoresis was performed using the flat-bed scintillation counter (Betaplate). The most convenient system involved placing fragments of dried gel between two glass fiber sheets, each previously sealed in a thin plastic bag with liquid scintillant. Good pulse-height spectra and counting efficiencies were obtained with low cross talk and background. The method has been used to quantify mRNA in RNA antisense-protection assays that were linear over a wide range (1-20000 cpm). Cross talk and background could be reduced further by an alternative technique utilizing plastic trays with shallow wells in which a solid scintillant had been melted. Fragments were immersed in the molten scintillant (90 degrees C), which was allowed to solidify, by cooling, before counting.