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The stacking gel concentrates proteins loaded into the sample wells so that they are resolved as a unified "line" once they enter the stacking gel. The reason for the lower pH is that this "lower ionic strength implies higher electrical resistance and consequently a higher electric field, provoking the faster movement of the proteins and of every other ...


The other major difference between the two is the amount of acrylamide in the upper (stacking) gel - it's generally around 4%, while the lower (resolving) gel can vary from 6 or 8% to 20%, depending on the size of the protein(s) you're looking for. When you load your samples in the wells at the top of the gel, then start the current, not all of the sample ...

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