n-Octyl-beta-D-thioglucopyranoside is used for cell lysis or to solubilise membrane proteins without denaturing them. This is particularly of use in order to crystallise them or to reconstitute them into lipid bilayers. It has been used in a study to assess the crystallization and preliminary x-ray analysis of human plasma apolipoprotein C-I. It has also been used in a study that investigated the identification of Chlamydia pneumoniae proteins.
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Sanghamitra Mukhopadhyay; David Good; Richard D.Miller; James E.Graham; Sarah A.Mathews; Peter Timms; James T.Summersgill. Identification of Chlamydia pneumoniae proteins in the transition from reticulate to elementary body formation. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics. 2006, 5,(12), 2311-2318.