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1 Lecture 7: Protein purification –Protein purification

2 Methods of solubilization 1st step is to get the protein into solution If the protein is located in the cytosol, we need to break open the cell. For animal cells this can be accomplished with osmotic lysis. Put the cells in hypotonic solution; less solutes than inside the cell. For cells with a cell wall (bacteria, plants) we have to use other methods. For bacteria, lysozyme is often effective - Selectively degrades bacterial cell wall. Can also use detergents or organic solvents, although these may also denature the protein.

3 Mechanical processes to break open the cell High speed blender Homogenzier French press Sonicator. After the cells have been broken, the crude lysate, may be filtered or centrifuged to remove the particulate cell debris. The protein of interest is in the supernatant.

4 For proteins that are components of membranes or subcellular assembly Remove the assembly from the rest of the cellular material (mitochondria for example). Can be done by differential centrifugation-cell lysate is centrifuged at a speed that removes only the cell components denser than the desired organelle followed by a centrifugation at speed that spins down the organelle.

5 Stabilization of proteins pH Temperature Inhibition of proteases Retardation of microbes that can destroy proteins –Sodium azide is often used.

6 Assay of proteins Done throughout the purification process to make sure that your protein of interest is there. If the protein of interest is an enzyme, using a reaction for which that enzyme is a catalyst is a good way to monitor protein recovery. Monitor the increase of the product of the enzymatic reaction –Fluorescence –Generation of acid to be monitored by titration –Coupled enzymatic reaction - couple with another enzyme to make an observable substance.

7 Immunochemical techniques to assay for proteins Use specific immunoglobulins (antibodies), proteins that interact specifically with the protein of interest and can be easily monitored. Antibodies are produced by an animal’s immune system in response to the introduction of a foreign protein. Antibodies specifically bind to the foreign protein. Extracted from blood serum of animal that has been immunized against a particular protein. Many different antibodies in sera with different specificities and binding affinities toward the protein of interest.

8 Immunochemical techniques to assay for proteins Immune cells that produce antibodies normally die after a few cell divisions so it is difficult to get a specific antibody clone. We can make monoclonal antibodies by fusing a cell producing the desired antibody with a cancer cell (myeloma). –This results in a hybridoma that is essentially an immortal cell, so large quantities of monoclonal antibody can be produced.


10 Figure 6-1An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Page 130

11 Summary of initial steps of protein purification Choose source of proteins. Solubilize proteins. Stabilize proteins. Specific assay for protein of interest –Enzymatic activity, immunological activity, physical characteristics (e.g. molecular mass, spectroscopic properties, etc.), biological activity Assay should be: –Specific –Rapid –Sensitive –Quantitative

12 Things to monitor during protein purification –Total sample volume –Total sample protein (est. by A 280 ; 1.4-1.0 mg/ml) –Units of activity of desired protein (based on specific assay) Other basic information to track –% yield for each purification step –Specific activity of the desired protein (units/mg of protein) –Purification enhancement of each step (e.g. “3.5 fold purification”) In designing a purification scheme you have to balance purification with yield.


14 CharacteristicProcedure Solubility:1.Salting in 2.Salting out Ionic charge:1.Ion exchange chromatography 2.Electrophoresis 3.Isoelectric focusing Polarity:1.Adsorption chromatography 2.Paper chromatography 3.Reverse-phase chromatography 4.Hydrophobic interaction chromatography Molecular size:1.Dialysis 2.Gel electrophoresis 3.Gel filtration chromatography 4.Ultracentrifugation Binding specificity:1.Affinity chromatography

15 Solubilities of proteins Multiple acid-base groups on proteins affect their solubility properties. Solubility of a protein is therefore dependent on concentrations of dissolved salts, the polarity of solvent, the pH and the temperature. Certain proteins will precipitate from solutions under conditions which others remain soluble-so we can use this as an initial purification step of proteins. Salting out or salting in procedures take advantage of ionic strength 1/2  c i Z i Ionic strength (I) = 2 C i = molar concentration of ionic species Z i = ionic charge

16 Figure 6-2Solubilities of several proteins in ammonium sulfate solutions. Page 131

17 Solubilities of proteins A protein’s solubility at a given ionic strength varies with the types of ions in solution. The order of effectiveness of these various ions in influencing protein solubility is quite similar for different proteins and is due to the ion’s size and hydration. The solubility of a protein at low ionic strength generally increases with the salt concentration. This is called salting in. As the salt concentration increases the additional counterions more effectively shield the protein molecule’s multiple ionic charges and thereby increase the protein’s solubility. At high ionic strengths the solubilities of proteins as well as most other substances decrease. This is called salting out and results from a competition between the added salt ions and the other dissolved solutes for molecules of solvation.

18 Figure 6-3Solubility of caboxy-hemoglobin at its isoelectric point as a function of ionic strength and ion type. Page 131

19 Ammonium Sulfate (% saturated) 0102030405060708090 Sample A 280 10009006003001007550402520 Activity assay (units)200 19017010030500

20 Solubilities of proteins Salting out is one of the most commonly used protein purification procedures. By adjusting the salt concentration in a solution with a mixture of proteins to just below the precipitation point of the protein to be purified, many unwanted proteins can be eliminated from solution. Then after the precipitate is removed by filtration or centrifugation, the salt concentration of the remaining solution is increased to precipitate the desired protein. Ammonium sulfate is the most commonly used reagent –High solubility (3.9 M in water at 0 ºC) –High ionic strength solution can be made (up to 23.5 in water at 0 ºC) Note-certain ions (I -, ClO 4 -, SCN -, Li +, Mg 2 +, Ca 2 + and Ba + ) increase the solubilities of proteins rather than salting out. (also denature proteins).

21 Solubilities of proteins Water-miscible organic solvents also precipitate proteins. –Acetone, ethanol –Low dielectric constants lower the solvating power of their aqueouse solutions for dissolved ions. This technique is done at low temperatures (0 ºC) because at higher temperatures, the solvent evaporates. Can magnify the differences in salting out procedures. Some water-miscible organic solvents (DMF, DMSO) are good at solubilizing proteins (high dielectric constants).

22 Solubilities of proteins Proteins have various ionizable groups (many pK’s) At a pH characteristic for each protein, the positive charges on the molecule exactly balance the negative charges (isoelectric point, pI). At pI, the protein has no net charge and is immobile in an electric field. Therefore, solubility can be influenced by changes in the pH.

23 Figure 6-4Solubility of  -lactoglobin as a function of pH at several NaCl concentrations. Page 132

24 Solubilities of proteins A protein in a pH near its isolectric point is not subject to salting in. As the pH is moved away from the pI of the protein, the protein’s net charge increases and it is easier to salt in. Salts inhibit interactions between neighboring molecules in the protein that promote aggregation and precipitation. pI’s of proteins can be used to precipitate proteins.

25 Table 6-1Isoelectric Points of Several Common Proteins. Page 133

26 Column chromatography After the initial fractionation steps we move to column chromatography. The mixture of substances (proteins) to be fractionated is dissolved in a liquid or gaseous fluid called the mobile phase. This solution is passed through a column consisting of a porous solid matrix called the stationary phase. These are sometimes called resins when used in liquid chromatography. The stationary phase has certain physical and chemical characteristics that allow it to interact in various ways with different proteins. Common types of chromatographic stationary phases –Ion exchange –Hydrophobic –Gel filtration –Affinity

27 Ion exchange chromatography Ion exchange resins contain charged groups. If these groups are acidic in nature they interact with positively charged proteins and are called cation exchangers. If these groups are basic in nature, they interact with negatively charged molecules and are called anion exchangers. DEAE cellulose anion exchanger CH 2 -CH 2 -NH + (CH 2 CH 2 ) - - - - Negatively charged (acidic) protein or enzyme CM cellulose cation exchanger CH 2 -COO - + + + + Positively charged (basic) protein or enzyme CH 2 -CH 2 -NH + (CH 2 CH 2 )

28 Ion exchange chromatography CM cellulose cation exchanger CH 2 -COO - + + + + Positively charged protein or enzyme bind to the column For protein binding, the pH is fixed (usually near neutral) under low salt conditions. Example cation exchange column… - - - - - - - - Negatively charged proteins pass through the column

29 Ion exchange chromatography CM cellulose cation exchanger CH 2 -COO - + + + + To elute our protein of interest, add increasingly higher amount of salt (increase the ionic strength). Na + will interact with the cation resin and Cl - will interact with our positively charged protein to elute off the column. CM cellulose cation exchanger CH 2 -COO - + + + + Na + Cl - Na +2 Cl - Na +2 + Increasing [NaCl] of the elution buffer

30 Ion exchange chromatography Proteins will bind to an ion exchanger with different affinities. As the column is washed with buffer, those proteins relatively low affinities for the ion exchange resin will move through the column faster than the proteins that bind to the column. The greater the binding affinity of a protein for the ion exchange column, the more it will be slowed in eluting off the column. Proteins can be eluted by changing the elution buffer to one with a higher salt concentration and/or a different pH (stepwise elution or gradient elution). Cation exchangers bind to proteins with positive charges. Anion exchangers bind to proteins with negative charges.

31 Figure 6-6Ion exchange chromatography using stepwise elution. Page 134

32 Ion exchange chromatography Gradient elution can improve the washing of ion exchange columns. The salt concentration and/or pH is continuously varied as the column is eluted so as to release sequentially the proteins bound to the column. The most widely used gradient is the linear gradient where the concentration of eluant solution varies linearly with the volume of the solution passed. The solute concentration, c, is expressed as c = c 2 - (c 2 - c 1 )f c 1 = the initial concentration of the solution in the mixing chamber c 2 = the concentration of the reservoir chamber f = the remaining fraction of the combined volumes of the solutions initially present in both reservoirs.

33 Figure 6-7Device for generating a linear concentration gradient. Page 135 c = c 2 - (c 2 - c 1 )f

34 Figure 6-8Molecular formulas of cellulose- based ion exchangers. Page 135

35 Table 6-2Some Biochemically Useful Ion Exchangers.

36 Ion exchange chromatography Ion exchangers can be cellulosic ion exchangers and gel-type ion exchangers. Cellulosic ion exchangers most common. Gel-type ion exchangers can combine with gel filtration properties and have higher capacity. Disadvantage-these materials are easily compressed so eluant flow is low. There are other materials derived from silica or coated glass beads that address this problem.

37 Gel filtration chromatography Also called size exclusion chromatography or molecular sieve chromatography. How does it work? If we assume proteins are spherical… size Molecular mass (daltons) 10,000 30,000 100,000

38 Gel filtration chromatography flow

39 Gel filtration chromatography flow

40 Gel filtration chromatography flow

41 Gel filtration chromatography flow

42 Gel filtration chromatography flow

43 Gel filtration chromatography The molecular mass of the smallest molecule unable to penetrate the pores of the gel is at the exclusion limit. The exclusion limit is a function of molecular shape, since elongated molecules are less likely to penetrate a gel pore than other shapes. Behavior of the molecule on the gel can be quantitatively characterized. Total bed volume of the column V t = V x + V 0 V x = volume occupied by gel beads V 0 = volume of solvent space surrounding gel; Typically 35%

44 Gel filtration chromatography Elution volume (V e ) is the volume of a solvent required to elute a given solute from the column after it has first contacted the gel. Relative elution volume (V e /V 0 ) is the behavior of a particular solute on a given gel that is independent of the size of the column. This effectually means that molecules with molecular masses ranging below the exclusion limit of a gel will elute from a gel in the order of their molecular masses with the largest eluting first.

45 Figure 6-9Gel filtration chromatography. Page 137

46 Figure 6-10Molecular mass determination by gel filtration chromatography. Page 138

47 Table 6-3Some Commonly Used Gel Filtration Materials. Page 138

48 Gel filtration chromatography Elution volume (V e ) is the volume of a solvent required to elute a given solute from the column after it has first contacted the gel. Relative elution volume (V e /V 0 ) is the behavior of a particular solute on a given gel that is independent of the size of the column. This effectually means that molecules with molecular masses ranging below the exclusion limit of a gel will elute from a gel in the order of their molecular masses with the largest eluting first.

49 Affinity chromatography Many proteins can bind specific molecules very tightly but noncovalently. We can use this to our advantage with affinity chromatography. Glucose (small dark blue molecule) binding to hexokinase. The enzyme acts like a jaw and clamps down on the substrate (glucose)

50 Affinity chromatography How does it work? Ligand - a molecule that specifically binds to the protein of interest. Inert support Spacer arms + + Ligand Inert support Affinity material prepared

51 Affinity chromatography Inert support Mixture of proteins Inert support Unwanted proteins

52 Affinity chromatography Inert support Remove from competitive ligand by dialysis. Inert support Elute with competitive ligand.

53 Affinity chromatography To remove the protein of interest from the column, you can elute with a solution of a compound with higher affinity than the ligand (competitive) You can change the pH, ionic strength and/or temperature so that the protein-ligand complex is no longer stable.

54 Immunoaffinity chromatography Monoclonal antibodies can be attached to the column material. The column only binds the protein against which the antibody has been raised. 10,000-fold purification in a single step! Disadvantges –Difficult to produce monoclonal antibodies (expensive $$!) –Harsh conditions to elute the bound protein

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