Humboldt State University ® Department of Chemistry

Richard A. Paselk

Chem 438L - Biochemistry

Nature style Laboratory Reports: Tables and Figures



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Model Table

The table below is meant as an example of the type of presentation I expect. If this were from a real experiment we would expect more standards to demonstrate the unknown did not correspond to other amino acids with similar properties. The legend for a figure would follw the same format.

Table I Chromatographic determination of the amino acid composition of an unknown mixture. Comparison of the resultant Rf values and colors demonstrate unknown X to be composed of alanine and glycine. Methods: An unknown mixture of amino acids was analysed as described by Boyer and modified by Wallace. The sample was fractionated using ion-exchange chromatography with a pH gradient. Fractions showing the highest concentrations of amino acids as determined by reaction with ninhydrin were isolated. These samples were further analyzed by co-chromatography against a series of amino acid standards on paper in methanol:pyridine:water. The results are summarized in the table.

Sample Rfvalue color
alanine 0.243 violet
glycine 0.235 yellow
unknown X 0.233 yellow
  0.244 violet

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