Affinity purification of Car9-tagged proteins on silica-derivatized spin columns and 96-well plates.


Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 98195, USA. Electronic address: [Email]


The Car9 affinity tag is a dodecameric silica-binding peptide that can be fused to the N- and C-termini of proteins of interest to enable their rapid and inexpensive purification on underivatized silica in a process that typically relies on l-lysine as an eluent. Here, we show that silica paper spin columns and borosilicate multi-well plates used for plasmid DNA purification are suitable for recovering Car9-tagged proteins with high purity in a workflow compatible with high-throughput experiments. Spin columns typically yield 100 μg of biologically active material that can be recovered in minutes with low concentrations of lysine. Because of their short bed length, spin columns also offer unique advantages, as evidenced by the selective recovery of functional Car9-tagged tobacco etch virus (TEV) protease from a fused and auto-cleaved maltose binding protein (MBP) folding partner that nonspecifically binds to silica in the presence of NaCl. These additional purification modalities should increase the versatility and appeal of the Car9 tag for affinity protein purification.

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