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Trichloroacetic acid, is traditionally used to precipitate protein. Has been used to determine protein concentration by quantitative precipitation. It is also used as a decalcifier and fixative in microscopy in protein sequencing, detecting albumin and organic synthesis. A protocol for the precipitation of nucleic acids can be found in Molecular Cloning.
RW Blakesley.; JA Boezi. A new staining technique for proteins in polyacrylamide gels using Coomassie Brilliant Blue G250. Analytical biochemistry. 1977, 82(2), 580-582.
WH Marsh.; B Fingerhut.; H Miller. Automated and manual direct methods for the determination of blood urea. Clinical chemistry. 1965, 11(6), 624-627.
Hazard Statements: H314-H335-H351
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. May cause respiratory irritation. Suspected of causing cancer.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P202-P260-P264b-P271-P281-P301+P330+P331-P303+P361+P353-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P310-P363-P501c
Obtain special instructions before use. Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood. Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Use personal protective equipment as required. IF SWALLOWED: Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant