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Biotechnol J. 2007 Jan;2(1):121-32.

One-step purification of Taq DNA polymerase using nucleotide-mimetic affinity chromatography.

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Laboratory of Enzyme Technology, Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece.


The thermostable Thermus aquaticus DNA polymerase (Taq Pol) has been the key factor in transforming the initial PCR method into one with huge impact in molecular biology and biotechnology. Therefore, the development of effective affinity adsorbents for the purification of Taq Pol, as well as other DNA polymerases, attracts the attention of the enzyme manufacturers and the research laboratories. In this report we describe a simple protocol for the purification of Taq Pol from E. coli lysates, leading to enzymes of high specific activity and purity. The protocol is based on a single affinity chromatography step, featuring an immobilized ligand selected from a structure-biased combinatorial library of dNTP-mimetic synthetic ligands. The ligand library was screened for its ability to bind and purify Taq Pol from E. coli lysates. One immobilized ligand (mABSGu) of the general formula X-Trz-Y, bearing 9-aminoethylguanine (AEGu) and aniline-2-sulfonic acid (mABS) linked on the triazine scaffold (Trz), displayed the highest purifying ability. Adsorption equilibrium studies with this affinity ligand and Taq Pol determined a dissociation constant (KD) of 0.12 mM for the respective complex, whereas ATP prevented the formation of the mABSGu-Taq Pol complex. The mABSGu affinity adsorbent was exploited in the development of a facile Taq Pol purification protocol, affording homogeneous enzyme (>99% purity, approximately 61 500 U/mg) in a single chromatography step. Quality control tests showed that Taq Pol purified on the mABSGu affinity adsorbent is free of nucleic acids and contaminating nuclease activities.

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