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Protein separation under a microfluidic regime

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Lab-on-a-Chip (LoC), or micro-Total Analysis Systems (μTAS), is recognized as a powerful analytical technology with high capabilities, though end-user products for protein purification are still far from being available on the market. Remarkable progress has been achieved in the separation of nucleic acids and proteins using electrophoretic microfluidic devices, while pintsize devices have been developed for protein isolation according to miniaturized chromatography principles (size, charge, affinity, etc.). In this work, we review the latest advances in the fabrication of components, detection methods and commercial implementation for the separation of biological macromolecules based on microfluidic systems, with some critical remarks on the perspectives of their future development towards standardized microfluidic systems and protocols. An outlook on the current needs and future applications is also presented.

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The article was received on 21 Sep 2017, accepted on 22 Nov 2017 and first published on 22 Nov 2017

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C7AN01568B
Citation: Analyst, 2018,143, 606-619

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    Protein separation under a microfluidic regime

    I. Rodríguez-Ruiz, V. Babenko, S. Martínez-Rodríguez and J. A. Gavira, Analyst, 2018, 143, 606
    DOI: 10.1039/C7AN01568B

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