A collision model for DNA separation by capillary electrophoresis in dilute polymer solution

Fresenius J Anal Chem. 2001 Aug;370(8):1015-22. doi: 10.1007/s002160100902.


A theoretical description, based on chemical kinetics and electrochemistry, is given of DNA separation in dilute polymer solution by capillary electrophoresis. A self-consistent model was developed leading to predictions of the DNA electrophoretic velocity as a function of the experimental conditions--polymer concentration, temperature, and electric field strength. The effect of selected experimental variables is discussed. The phenomena discussed are illustrated for the example of 100 bp DNA ladder separation in dilute HPMC solution by capillary electrophoresis. This model is the first single model that can fully explain the dependence of DNA electrophoretic velocity on electrophoretic conditions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • DNA / chemistry
  • DNA / isolation & purification*
  • Electrophoresis, Capillary / methods*
  • Models, Chemical*
  • Molecular Weight
  • Polymers
  • Solutions
  • Temperature


  • Polymers
  • Solutions
  • DNA