Saturday, September 15, 2012

Word of the day: Polytron

The word of the day is Polytron:

Etymology:  < poly- comb. form + -tron suffix.
A proprietary name for: a machine used for mixing, homogenizing, dispersing, or emulsifying, chiefly in the preparation of biological samples for analytical purposes.  (OED)

"The heads (20 g) were homgenized in 100 ml of 0.25 M sucrose containing 50 mM Tris-HCl (pH 7.4), 1 mM EDTA, 0.5 mM DTT, 0.5 mM phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride (PMSF), 50 uM ATP (buffer A), using a polytron."

 - Hiroko Inoue et al., "Partial purification and characterization of membrane-associated diacylglycerol kinase of Drosophila heads", Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1122:219 (1992)

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