Mini-PROTEAN® Tetra Cell


The versatile, easy-to-use Mini-PROTEAN® Tetra cell is ideal for vertical mini gel electrophoresis. This electrophoresis cell accommodates one to four Mini-PROTEAN precast or handcast gels, providing flexibility for your research needs. The Mini-PROTEAN Tetra cell eliminates tedious assembly procedures and has a patented sealing mechanism* that prevents assembly errors during handcasting.

Features and Benefits

  • Run one to four precast or handcast mini gels in less than an hour
  • Can also be used with the Mini Trans-Blot® electrophoresis cell for western blotting
  • Thermoplastic casting gaskets form a tight seal with the glass plates to ensure leak-free casting
  • Casting frames** with simple cam closure provide precision alignment on any flat surface
  • Side-by-side casting stand** allows access to both gels simultaneously, and a spring-loaded lever creates a tight seal against the thermoplastic rubber gasket
  • Run 2-D gels in less than a day

Applications and Uses

  • Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE or SDS-PAGE)
  • 2-D gel electrophoresis
  • Screen new samples
  • Evaluate sample preparation conditions

More Information

Preset configurations can be ordered with the following catalog numbers: 165-8000 (10-well combs, 0.75 mm spacer plates) or 165-8001 (10-well combs, 1.0 mm spacer plates). See the Tetra Cell Bundle Selection Guide for bundles. To configure your own electrophoresis cell, order the four-gel Mini-PROTEAN Tetra cell (catalog #165-8004) and select a casting module from the Accessories tab. See our Mini-PROTEAN Tetra Handcast Systems page for individual handcasting equipment.

* U.S. patent 6,436,262.
** U.S. patent 6,162,342.

Number of gels 1–4
Precast gels Mini-PROTEAN® precast gels
Handcast gels Cast using Mini-PROTEAN spacer plates
Gel size (W x L) Precast: 8.6 x 6.8 cm
Handcast: 8.3 x 7.3 cm
Glass plate size (W x L)  
   Short plate 10.1 x 7.3 cm
   Spacer plate 10.1 x 8.2 cm
Total buffer volume for 2 gels 700 ml
Total buffer volume for 4 gels 1,000 ml
Typical run times for SDS-PAGE 35–45 min (at 200 V constant)
Recommended power supply PowerPac™ Basic or PowerPac HC (high current)
Dimensions (W x L x H) 12 x 16 x 18 cm
Weight 1 kg (2.2 lb)
Mini-PROTEAN Tetra Cell #165-8000
Mini-PROTEAN® Tetra Cell

4-gel vertical electrophoresis system, 0.75 mm gel thickness, includes companion module, 2 casting stands, 4 casting frames, 10-well combs, 5 short plates, and 5 spacer plates

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Mini-PROTEAN Tetra Cell for Ready Gel precast Gels #165-8004
Mini-PROTEAN® Tetra Cell for Mini Precast Gels

4-gel vertical electrophoresis system, includes electrode assembly, companion running module, tank, lid with power cables, mini cell buffer dam

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Mini-PROTEAN Tetra Cell Casting Stand & Clamps
Mini-PROTEAN® Tetra Cell Casting Stand & Clamps

Pkg of 1, casting stand with 2 frames, for use with Mini-PROTEAN Tetra cell casting modules (gaskets not included)

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Number Description Options
2364 Ready Gel System Resource Guide Addendum, Rev A Click to download
2144 Ready Gel System Resource Guide (Note: large PDF file - 3.8 MB) Click to download
10007296 Instruction Manual, Mini-PROTEAN® Tetra Cell, Rev D Click to download
10024259 Mini-PROTEAN Empty Cassette Gel Casting Instructions, Rev A Click to download
5535 Mini-PROTEAN Electrophoresis System Brochure, Rev E Click to download [ Add to Cart (Free) ]