Recovery of histidine-tagged nucleocapsid protein of Newcastle disease virus using immobilised metal affinity chromatography

Yan Peng Tan, Tau Chuan Ling, Wen Siang Tan, Khatijah Yusoff, Beng Ti Tey

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An immobilised metal affinity packed bed adsorption chromatography (IMA-PBAC) for the purification of recombinant nucleocapsid protein (NP) of Newcastle disease virus (NDV) directly from clarified feedstock was developed. The XK 16/20 (i.d. = 16 mm) was used as a packed bed column and Streamline chelating adsorbent immobilised with Ni2+ ion was used as IMA adsorbent. This purification method has resulted in a 59% adsorption and 5.6% recovery of NP protein. Adsorbed NP proteins were successfully recovered using a two-step elution protocol which employed elution buffer 1 containing 50 mM imidazole to eliminate contaminating proteins and elution buffer 2 containing 350 mM imidazole to recover the NP protein at pH 8 with flow velocity of 10 cm h-1. About 70% of the adsorbed NP protein was eluted. The purity of the recovered NP protein was about 70% and the volume of processing fluid was reduced by a factor of 4. The antigenic features of purified NP proteins were confirmed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)874-881
Number of pages8
JournalProcess Biochemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Affinity chromatography
  • Escherichia coli
  • IMA
  • NDV
  • NP protein
  • PBA

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