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#177823 troubleshooting is needed for heme protein Ni-NTA purification

Posted by Biogareth on 07 March 2016 - 07:12 PM in Protein Expression and Purification

I'm not familiar with heme/hemin but the same irremovable dark red color is observed when a buffer contains DTT.  Could there be a reductant in your solution?  In the case of DTT, the dark red/brown color is prevented by washing the column with normal elution buffer first to knock off any free nickel.  This may not have anything to do with your situation but removing free nickel with an elution buffer prior to equilibration with binding buffer is an easy thing to try........Good Luck!


Thank you very much Missle for this information. It should be something going on with nickel. But neither wash or elution buffer contained reducing agents like BME, DTT. The only possible reducing agent could be Fe2+ impurity from hemin.

In addition, I found that the dark red stuff started to come off using 4 M imidazole (pH 8.0). I thought it could be the heme protein, but it mostly went through Centricon with 5KDa cutoff. It is puzzling.  

#177812 troubleshooting is needed for heme protein Ni-NTA purification

Posted by Biogareth on 06 March 2016 - 05:47 PM in Protein Expression and Purification



Recently I am working on expression and purification of mammalian cytochrome b5, a heme protein with the molecular weight of ~10 KDa. Because of its low heme incorporation in recombinant expression, this protein was reconstituted by adding free hemin followed by Ni-NTA purification. Once the restituted protein mixture was loaded onto the column, the resins were dark/greenish, reflecting the presence of free hemin. In the wash step (Kpi buffer + 10 mM imidazole), most of resins turned to dark red. I thought that this dark red stuff would be the reconstituted heme protein. But in the elution step, most of red stuff cannot come off using up to 500 mM imidazole (pH 8.0).

So I wonder whether this red color is due to a chemical reaction between free hemin and nickel-NTA? Any suggestions are welcome.





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