Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 286, Issue 3, pp 835–840 | Cite as

In vitro study of proteins surface activity by tritium probe



A new technique for in vitro studies of biomacromolecules interactions, their adsorption at aqueous/organic liquid interfaces and distribution in the bulk of liquid/liquid systems was developed. The method includes (1) tritium labeling of biomolecules by tritium thermal activation method and (2) scintillation phase step with organic phase, which can be concerned as a model of cellular membrane. Two globular proteins lysozyme and human serum albumin tested. We have determined the conditions of tritium labeling when labeled by-products can be easy separated by means of dialysis and size-exclusion chromatography. Scintillation phase experiments were conducted for three types of organic liquids. Thus, the influences of the nature of organic phase on proteins adsorption and its distribution in the bulk of aqueous/organic liquid system were determined. It was found that proteins possess high surface activity at aqueous/organic liquid interface. Furthermore, values of hydrophobicity of globular proteins were found by the experiment.


Tritium labeled macromolecules Scintillation phase method 



This work was supported by Russian Foundation of Basic Researches (grant # 09-03-00819) and by Federal Targeted Program “Scientific and scientific-pedagogical personnel of innovation Russia” for 2009–2013 years (project # 2351P).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chemistry Department, Radiochemistry DivisionLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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