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denature

[dē′nā·chər]
(chemistry)
To change a protein by heating it or treating it with alkali or acid so that the original properties such as solubility are changed as a result of the protein's molecular structure being changed in some way.
To add a denaturant, such as methyl alcohol, to grain alcohol to make the grain alcohol poisonous and unfit for human consumption.
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Due to the unstable structure of HDs, some may denature without forming a distinct band or may disappear after some time during the electrophoresis and leave smears.
The product uses radio frequency to seal tubing as opposed to heat, which creates a true molecular bond when sealing the plastic, yet does not cause hemolisys or denature proteins.
The competing color schemes further denature the image, dividing the figure of Jiang into five parts.