Despite the extensive literature available on tear proteins and lipids, very little has been reported on the tear fluid as a whole and it's changes in contact lens wear or ocular diseased patients. Initially a human reflex tear two-dimensional map was created by Molloy et al. (Electrophoresis 1997, 18, 2811-2815), using format two-dimensional technique was evaluated, using a basal tear reference map, and modified to describe a fast, efficient and cost effective method of protein separation. The use of one pH 3-10 18 cm nonlinear immobilised pi-I gradient (IPG) strip and two mini-gels for the second-dimensional sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) results in an effective separation of tear proteins which will be applied in diagnostic studies of tear samples.
- mass screening
- mini-gel electrophoresis
- two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis