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RE: zinc finger protein purification

David Bienvenue

What buffer system are you concentrating the protein in?  What is the isoelectric point(pI) of the protein, compared to the pH of your buffer (generally proteins will be less stable at pH's near their pI).  I would recommend a change in buffer- we have had good success staying away from PBS, and using 10 mM Histidine, pH 6.5, with additives to help stabilize the protein.  Excipients like Polysorbate-80 (Tween-80) in low concentrations (0.03% w/v), sucrose and mannitol are all helpful in minimizing aggregation at higher concentrations.

Good luck!

David Bienvenue, Ph.D.
Senior Principal Scientist
VLST Corporation

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I recently started to purify a protein containing zinc finger modif.

the protein consist of flexible linker and his tag in the N term and C
terminal of the mofit.

the Zinc finger itself is consisted from three zinc finger motifs.

It expressed well in the E.coli, and I was able to purify the protein, but
when I tried to concentrate it by using a membrane filter( amicon centricon)
the protein start to aggregate.

what is more a concern is that gentle swiring in 4'C would generate cotton
like aggregates in the tube.

I would like to ask if anyone have expperience on zinc finger protein,
expecially small zinc finger proteins like this one.(15kDa)

any suggestion are welcomed.

Best regards to every one

Zongwen Jin
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