density gradient centrifugation

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ultracentrifugation of substances in concentrated solutions of cesium salts or of sucrose; at equilibrium, the medium exhibits a concentration (hence density) gradient increasing in the direction of centrifugal force and the substances of interest collect in layers at the levels of their densities. See: isopycnic zone.


the process of separating lighter portions of a solution, mixture or suspension from the heavier portions by centrifugal force.

density gradient centrifugation
a procedure for separating particles such as viruses or ribosomes or molecules such as DNA in which the sample is placed on a preformed gradient such as sucrose or cesium chloride. Upon centrifugation either by rate zonal or equilibrium procedures, the macromolecules are 'banded' in the gradient and can be collected as a pure fraction.
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