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Protein activation after purification - (May/13/2013 )

I am working on an amidase enzyme, cloned and expressed as a pET conctruct in E. coli, and is origially from a soil bacterial isolate.

I am expressing it as C-terminally fused hisTag and purifying comfortably. Problem is, when freshly purified, the specific activity is around 10 U/mg, and the activity goes upward when I incubate the protein at 30 degrees for approximately one week, upto 40-45 U/mg. After one week, I can use the enzyme in organic solvents for my specific reaction. Additionally, recently i found that Tm of the enzyme also increases form 48 to 55.

Any ideas, what might be happening to protein during that incubation time. There is no truncation in protein happening, no disulfide bond formation indication so far.

kind regards


you may be seeing limited aggregation or disaggregation.

how do you know there is no disulfide bond formation?



I did observer some precipitates which I filter/cetrifuge out of the activated fraction. for disulfide bonds, i checked by incubating with DTT and there was no change in activity with time.
Tm = melting temperature of protein


sometimes you will see an increase in activity of some enzymes when they aggregate a little (might not show up with sds-page, should show in native page).

sometimes you will see an increase in activity when regulatory parts of an enzyme are altered.

the conformation of the enzyme may have changed.

i've never seen tm used with proteins. are you saying that the temperature of maximum activity increased or the denaturing temperature increased?


we used Tm as an indication of thermostability. so it also become thermostable as the melting temperature of the enzyme increases from 48 to 55. I haven't checked for activity at higher temperatures yet.

Conformation change might be happening, b/c when i performed MS/MS of protein, it was exactly same as the fresh purified protein.