So the paper I am reading (here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7094582/) uses densitometric units to quantify the western blots.
The authors mentioned that the unphosphorylated proteins were used as loading controls, and their quantities are represented by the densitometric graphs for each corresponding figure, but protein activity is measured by their phosphorylated counterparts which I believe is represented by the densitometric graph on the right of each corresponding figure.
- Did I interpret that correctly?
- What exactly are loading controls?
- I am trying to use these data for parameter estimation purposes. Is it possible to find the basal mass quantity of a particular protein?