Application of reversible biotinylated label for directed immobilization of synthetic peptides and proteins: Isolation of ligates from crude cell lysates

H. L. Ball, P. Mascagni

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Chaperonin 10 protein from Rattus norvegicus (Rat cpn10) has been reported to bind chaperonin 60 from Escherichia coli (GroEL) in an ATP-dependent manner. Chemically synthesized Rat cpn10 was immobilized in a defined orientation to agarose-bound monomeric avidin using a reversible biotinylated affinity label (1), attached to the Nα-terminal residue. The resulting affinity chromatographic matrix was then used to isolate binding proteins from a crude cell lysate. Following affinity separation the bound ligand and ligate was released by treatment with organic base. Rat cpn10 was prepared using a highly effective synthetic protocol involving HBTU/HOBt activation and capping with N-(2-chlorobenzyloxycarbonyloxy) succinimide to terminate unreacted amino groups. The biotinylated Fmoc-based molecule (1) was introduced specifically onto the Nα-terminal amino acid as the succinimidyl carbonate, before final cleavage and deprotection of side-chain protecting groups using a low-TFMSA/high-HF procedure. Crude biotinylated Rat cpn10 (Rat cpn10+1) was immobilized on monomeric avidin with a binding efficiency of approximately 75% and unlabelled truncated/capped impurities eluted off the column with buffer. The biotinylated Rat cpn 10-avidin affinity matrix was then used to isolate GroEL from a crude cell lysate. The identity of the purified protein was confirmed by SDS-PAGE and binding to a specific anti-GroEL monoclonal antibody (MoAb). These results extend the applicability of the biotinylated label (1), providing a reversible non-covalent anchor for immobilization of peptide and protein ligands, thus simplifying isolation of ligates and enabling recovery of synthetic material under mild conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-260
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Peptide Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997



  • Affinity chromatography
  • Avidin-biotin
  • Chaperonin 10 from Rattus norvegicus
  • Directed immobilization
  • GroEL
  • Peptide synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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