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chaotropic

[‚kā·ə′träp·ik]
(bichemistry)
Having the ability to destabilize hydrogen bonding and hydrophobic interactions.
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Our work with soy flour has shown that dry and wet adhesive bond strengths for samples made and tested using this ABES method were remarkably insensitive to the type of soy flour used (Frihart and Satori 2012) or to the addition of chaotropic agents, salts, surfactants, and co-solvents to the soy flour (Frihart and Lorenz 2013).
If an aqueous sample containing nucleic acids is mixed with suspended silica surfaces, and the solvation properties of the aqueous environment are disrupted (either by addition of alcohols, such as above, or by addition of chaotropic agents such as guanidine.
Many of the established RNA isolation protocols are based on highly toxic chaotropic agents such as phenol, phenol/chloroform or guanidine thiocyanate which quickly denature the endogenous ribonucleases in tissues [8].