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Allowance for boundary sharpening in the determination of diffusion coefficients by sedimentation velocity: a historical perspective.

Winzor, Donald J.; Scott, David J.

Authors

Donald J. Winzor

David J. Scott



Abstract

This review summarizes endeavors undertaken in the middle of last century to employ the Lamm equation for quantitative analysis of boundary spreading in sedimentation velocity experiments on globular proteins, thereby illustrating the ingenuity required to achieve that goal in an era when an approximate analytical solution of that nonlinear differential equation of second order provided the only means for its application. Application of procedures based on that approximate solution to simulated sedimentation velocity distributions has revealed a slight disparity (about 3%) between returned and input values of the diffusion coefficient—a discrepancy comparable with that of estimates obtained by current simulative analyses based on numerical solution of the Lamm equation. Although the massive technological developments in the gathering and treatment of sedimentation velocity data over the past three to four decades have changed dramatically the manner in which boundary spreading is analyzed, they have not led to any significant improvement in the accuracy of the diffusion coefficient thereby deduced.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2018
Print ISSN 1867-2450
Electronic ISSN 1867-2469
Publisher BMC
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 1
Pages 3-13
APA6 Citation Winzor, D. J., & Scott, D. J. (2018). Allowance for boundary sharpening in the determination of diffusion coefficients by sedimentation velocity: a historical perspective. Biophysical Reviews, 10(1), 3-13. doi:10.1007/s12551-017-0384-1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s12551-017-0384-1
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12551-017-0384-1
PMID 29380276
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