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Adamkiewicz' reaction

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A colour (quantitative) colorimetric reaction to detect proteins.

Description

A colour (quantitative) colorimetric reaction to detect proteins, based on the presence in protein of the amino acid tryptophan, which forms coloured complexes with glyoxylic acid. A red-violet ring appears at the interface of concentrated sulphuric acid and the solution of protein and glyoxylic acid.

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