Synthetic branched co-polymer of sucrose and epichlorhydrin. Ficoll solutions have high viscosity and low osmotic pressures. Often used for preparing density gradients for cell separations (sometimes in conjunction with Hypaque for leucocyte separation).
This biochemically inert sucrose polymer is used as athickening additive in solutions and gradients. ... (09 Oct 1997) ... Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/20973
Ficoll is a neutral, highly branched, high-mass, hydrophilic polysaccharide which dissolves readily in aqueous solutions. Ficoll radii range from 2-7 nm. It is prepared by reaction of the polysaccharide with epichlorohydrin. Ficoll is a registered trademark owned by GE Healthcare companies. Ficoll is part of Ficoll-Paque which is used in biology l...Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficoll
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