We are trying to lyse e.coli cells wherein we don't want to use sonicator and we don't have french press in lab. We want the protein complexes to be intact after lysis. So we tried adding lysozyme and perform lysis. But there are two problems-
1. How do we estimate the total protein content? If the answer is minus the added lysozyme then I have doubt. I found a paper where authers mentioned that lysozyme makes some protein complex in the membrane, so we don't know how much lysozyme we get in the lysate.
2. We are getting very less efficiency i.e.after using 6gm pellet we get only 2ug/ul lysate . Which is not enough for our down stream applications
Are you aware of any other method of lysis through which we can get good yield of protein but intact complexes?