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Ni affinity purification - not as simple as you may think - Protein purification (Jan/18/2002 )

Has anyone had problems with Ni affinity purification?

(Edited by milanoj at 4:20 am on Jan. 18, 2001)

(Edited by milanoj at 4:21 am on Jan. 18, 2001)


I have an enzyme overexpressed in the pET28 vector. The crude protein extract after sonication shows activity. then I put it through the Ni-NTA Qiagen column (by FPLC) and get one beautiful band by SDS-Page at the right molecular weight. Unfortunately, it has no activity after being exposed to the Ni resin.

-Roger Moore-

I will be tryng this method. Do you think Antigenic determinants will remain conserved after exposure to Ni column.


I have had this problem also. Reactions conditions are all important. Check for active sulfhydrils. I am not an expert at this stuff but a good primer is R.K. Scopes - Protein purification, principles and practice (Springer Press)

It all depends on folding post-purification. You can purify under gentle non-denaturing conditions that should maintain the proteins secondary structure. If you are using inclusion bodies you'll need refolding conditions. See the above reference


Thanx for the suggestion.