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His-Tag Purification Resins- TALON Cobalt- Highest Purity

His-Tagged Protein Purification: Obtain Highest Purity with Cobalt Resin

Reduced copurification of impurities | Works under native and denaturing conditions | Compatible with BME | Resists metal leakage

Why Use TALON Cobalt Resin for His Tag Purification?

TALON His-Tag Purification Resin lets you prepare exceptionally pure his-tagged proteins from bacterial, mammalian, yeast, and baculovirus-infected cells, under native or denaturing conditions. TALON is an immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC) resin charged with cobalt, which binds to his-tagged proteins with higher specificity than nickel-charged resins. As a result, TALON resin delivers his-tagged proteins of the highest purity.

TALON Cobalt Resin Beats Ni-NTA Resin

The cobalt ions in TALON are more selective for histidine tags than nickel ions are. This means that using Ni-NTA resins often results in copurification of contaminants. Another advantage of TALON resin is that you can elute your his-tagged protein at a mild pH or lower imidazole concentration.

Obtain better purification of his-tagged proteins with cobalt resin than with Ni-NTA. Purify his-tagged protein at milder pH with TALON resin than with Ni-NTA.

Figure 1. 6xHN-AcGFP1 was purified from Sf21 cells using TALON (left) or Ni-NTA (right). The chromatogram for each column is shown. The absorbance at 475 nm indicates the amount of target protein (AcGFP1) present in each fraction.

Figure 2. 6xHis-tagged protein (prepro-alpha-factor) was loaded onto TALON and Ni-NTA columns, eluted by stepwise pH, and analyzed by SDS-PAGE. The protein was eluted from TALON resin at pH = 6.3 and from Ni-NTA resin at pH = 4.5.

Purify His-Tagged Proteins Under Native or Denaturing Conditions with TALON Resin

TALON Resin retains its protein binding specificity and yield under a variety of purification conditions. TALON resin is stable under native purification conditions and under denaturing conditions, e.g. purifying his-tagged proteins with urea.
Preserve biological activity of his-tagged proteins with TALON resin. TALON resin purifies his-tagged proteins under denaturing conditions.

Figure 3. The fluorescent signal of green fluorescent protein (GFPuv) was completely enriched by TALON resin. 6xHis-tagged GFPuv was extracted from fresh cells and purified using TALON cobalt resin. Panel A. GFP elution profile. Panel B. SDS-PAGE analysis.

Figure 4. Purification of 6xHis-tagged GFPuv under denaturing conditions. The fusion protein was purified in 8 M urea using TALON cobalt resin. M=molecular weight markers.

TALON Resin is Compatible with Beta-Mercaptoethanol (BME)

Reduced sulfhydryl (-SH) groups are important to the biological activity and structure of some intracellular proteins, and BME is often used to preserve these reduced -SH groups. TALON resin provides higher yields of his-tagged proteins that contain reduced -SH groups in the presence of BME compared to Ni-NTA resin.

Obtain higher yields of BME-treated, his-tagged protein with TALON cobalt resin than with Ni-NTA.

Figure 5. N-terminal 6xHis-tagged DHFR was expressed and purified under native conditions. Protein concentrations were determined by Bradford assay. Yields are expressed as a percentage of total protein in the cell lysate.

TALON Resin: Cobalt is the Key to His-Tagged Protein Purification

TALON resin is based on the cobalt ion, which is highly selective for his-tagged proteins (1-3). This makes TALON resin a better choice than Ni-NTA resin:

  1. TALON resin has better specificity for his-tagged proteins than nickel-NTA. In TALON, only proteins containing adjacent histidines or specially positioned, neighboring histidines are able to bind. By comparison, the spatial requirements for Ni-NTA resin are less strict—these resins have a much higher affinity for randomly positioned (i.e., non-his tag) histidines. As a result, TALON resin binds more specifically to polyhistidine-tagged proteins and provides higher purity.
TALON cobalt resin is highly selective for his-tagged proteins.
  1. TALON resin has low metal ion leakage. Cobalt resin has a very uniform three-dimensional structure in which cobalt is bound very tightly. Nickel-based resins are less homogeneous in structure because nickel ions can form two different coordination complexes, one of has a planar (flat) structure that does not bind the nickel ions tightly. Thus, nickel ions can leach from the resin.

Why is metal ion leakage bad?

  • Metal leakage reduces the number of reactive sites available for protein binding, and therefore reduces the yield of purified protein.
  • Free metal ions have a detrimental effect on protein activity.
  • Metal ions can precipitate proteins by forming salt bridges, can be toxic to cells and tissues, and can damage purified protein because of its nucleophilic properties.

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  1. Chaga, G. S., et al. (1999) Biotechnol. Appl. Biochem. 29(1):19—24.
  2. Porath, J. (1992) Protein Express. Purif. 3(4):263—281.
  3. Yang, T., et al. (1997) Amer. Biotechnol. Lab., pp. 12—14.

Cat. # Product Contents Size Price License Units Select
635501 TALON® Metal Affinity Resin 10 mL $105.00 License Statements
635502 TALON® Metal Affinity Resin 25 mL $225.00 License Statements
635503 TALON® Metal Affinity Resin 100 mL $763.00 License Statements
635606 TALON® 2 ml Disposable Gravity Column 50 Columns $108.00 License Statements
635504 TALON® Metal Affinity Resin 250 mL $1,716.00 License Statements
635652 TALON® Metal Affinity Resin 2 x 250 mL $2,405.00 License Statements
635653 TALON® Metal Affinity Resin 4 x 250 mL $4,561.00 License Statements



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