Ni-NTA Fast Start Kit

For purification and detection of recombinant His-tagged proteins from E. coli lysates

Features

  • Ideal for researchers new to protein science
  • Everything required for efficient purification in one kit
  • Easy-to-follow protocols and straightforward processing
  • Up to 25 mg protein per column in as little as 90 minutes
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Ni-NTA Fast Start Kit (6)

Cat. No. / ID: 30600

For purification and detection of six 6xHis-tagged protein preps: 6 x Fast Start Columns, Penta·His Antibody, Buffers and Reagents
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The Ni-NTA Fast Start Kit is intended for molecular biology applications. This product is not intended for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of a disease.

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Product Details

The Ni-NTA Fast Start Kit provides everything needed for fast, efficient purification of His-tagged proteins from cleared E.coli lysates, including prefilled Ni-NTA columns. Buffers supplied in the kit enable proteins to be purified either under native or denaturing conditions. The kit also contains an Anti-His antibody for detection of expressed His-tagged proteins.

Performance

The Ni-NTA Fast Start Kit provides everything required for fast, efficient purification of His-tagged proteins from cleared E. coli lysates. Buffers supplied in the kit enable proteins to be purified either under native or denaturing conditions (see figure  High purity proteins under native or denaturing conditions) Simple, straightforward protocols and ready-to-use reagents make the Ni-NTA Fast Start Kit an ideal starting point for scientists looking to expand their research into the field of protein expression, but who are unfamiliar with protein purification procedures.
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Principle

The Ni-NTA Fast Start Kit is based on the remarkable selectivity of patented Ni-NTA (nickel-nitrilotriacetic acid) resin for proteins containing an affinity tag of six or more histidine residues (consecutive or alternating) — the His tag. This technology allows one-step purification of almost any His-tagged protein under native or denaturing conditions. NTA, which has four chelation sites for nickel ions, binds nickel more tightly than metal-chelating purification systems that only have three sites available for interaction with metal ions. The extra chelation site prevents nickel-ion leaching and results in protein preparations with higher purity than those obtained using other metal-chelating purification systems. The His tag also forms the epitope recognized by the Penta·His Antibody supplied with the kit.

Procedure

Cells are lysed in the supplied lysis buffer and centrifuged to obtain a cleared lysate. This lysate is applied to a Fast Start Column, where His-tagged proteins bind with high affinity and untagged proteins pass through. After washing, purified proteins are eluted using buffers containing imidazole (native conditions) or of low pH (denaturing conditions) (see figure  Highly pure 6xHis-tagged protein). The purification procedure and protein yield can be followed by SDS-PAGE, western blotting and immunodetection using the supplied Penta·His Antibody.
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Applications

The Ni-NTA Fast Start Kit provides reliable, one-step purification of 6xHis-tagged proteins suitable for any application, including:

  • Functional studies
  • Immunization to produce antibodies
  • Assays involving protein–protein and protein–DNA interactions
  • Structural investigations

Supporting data and figures

Specifications

FeaturesSpecifications
ApplicationsProteomics
Support/matrixNi-NTA matrix
ProcessingManual
Binding capacity5–20 mg/ml
Special featureNi-NTA technology
Gravity flow or spin columnGravity flow
Start materialCell lysate
Tag6xHis tag
Yield<10 mg protein per column

FAQ

What are your recommendations for PCR template preparation for use with the EasyXpress Insect Kit II?

We recommend to use the EasyXpress Linear Template Kit Plus to generate PCR products optimized for use in protein expression with the EasyXpress Insect Kit II.

This kit uses specially designed primers to amplify coding DNA sequence and supplement it with regulatory elements required for optimal transcription and translation in cell-free expression systems. In addition, specially designed 5' untranslated regions (UTRs) on the sense adapter primer sequences reduce the formation of secondary structure in the translation initiation region, one of the commonest causes of low expression rates. A His-or Strep-tag II can be added to either terminus, greatly simplifying protein purification and detection after expression.

FAQ ID -1221
Are the buffers in the Ni-NTA Fast Start Kit the same as the ones for use with Ni-NTA purchased separately?

The buffers of the Ni-NTA Fast Start Kit are based on recipes for the respective buffers for purification of 6xHis-tagged proteins under native or denaturing conditions listed in the QIAexpressionist handbook. Specific components have been added for optimized performance. The exact composition of the buffers in the Ni-NTA Fast Start Kit is confidential. However, the buffers listed in the Appendix Section of the QIAexpressionist are compatible with the Ni-NTA Fast Start Kit, and can also be used.

FAQ ID -791
Which resin is used in the QIAexpress Ni-NTA Fast Start Columns?
The Fast Start Columns in the QIAexpress Ni-NTA Fast Start Kit are prepacked with Ni-NTA Superflow resin.
FAQ ID -836
How can I remove imidazole from a protein sample?
Imidazole does not interfere with most downstream applications and therefore does not need to be removed. If it is necessary to remove the imidazole (e.g., for some sensitive enzyme assays), it can be easily achieved by dialysis, precipitation (e.g., ammonium sulfate), or ultrafiltration.
FAQ ID -91
What are the features and benefits of the QIAexpress 6xHis Tag System?

FEATURES BENEFITS
The interaction of the 6xHis tag with Ni-NTA matrices is conformation independent One-step purification can be carried out under native or denaturing conditions
Mild elution conditions can be used Binding, washing, and elution are highly reproducible, and have no effect on protein structure. Pure protein products are ready for direct use in downstream applications
The 6xHis tag is much smaller than other commonly used tags 6xHis tags can be used in any expression system. The Tag does not interfere with the structure and function of the recombinant protein
The 6xHis tag is uncharged at physiological pH The 6xHis tag does not interfere with secretion
The 6xHis tag is poorly immunogenic The recombinant protein can be used without prior removal of the tag as an antigen to generate antibodies against the protein of interest
Using Factor Xa Protease, 6xHis tag can be easily and efficiently removed The detagged protein can be used for crystallographical or NMR studies where removal of the 6xHis tag may be preferred
Some QIAexpress vectors feature a 6xHis-dihydrofolate reductase tag (6xHis-DHFR tag) Small peptides fused to the 6xHis DHFR tag are stabilized while being expressed. The 6xHis-DHFR tag is not highly immunogenic in mouse and rat, so that peptides fused to the tag can be used directly for immunizations or epitope mapping

 

FAQ ID -193
Should I use Ni-NTA Agarose in column or batch format for purification of 6xHis-tagged proteins?
The binding capacity of Ni-NTA Agarose is the same regardless of the format used. However, the batch procedure (mixing the Ni-NTA resin with lysate or protein sample prior to loading it onto a column, as opposed to loading the sample onto a column pre-packed with Ni-NTA resin) can provide more efficient binding for dilute proteins, since binding can be carried out for an extended period (approximately 1 hour), and resin amounts can be scaled for variable amounts of lysate/protein sample.
FAQ ID -147
3353 - What is the composition of the elution buffer in the Ni-NTA Fast Start Kit?

The composition of the elution buffer in the Ni-NTA Fast Start Kit is 50 mM Na-phosphate, 300 mM NaCl and  250 mM imidazole at pH 8.0.

FAQ ID - 3353
Can Ni-NTA resins be used to purify protein with an internal His-tag?
Yes, Ni-NTA Agarose and Superflow will bind a 6xHis-tag whether it is located internally or at the C- or N-teminal end of the protein. Note that the His-tag must be exposed for binding at the surface of the protein to allow for efficient purification under native conditions.
FAQ ID -496
What are the compatibilities of different reagents with Ni-NTA matrices?

Compatibility of reagents with Ni-NTA matrices

Reagent Effect Comments
Buffer reagents    
Tris, HEPES, MOPS Buffers with secondary or tertiary amines will reduce nickel ions

Up to 100 mM has been used successfully in some cases

Sodium phosphate or phosphate-citrate buffer is recommended

Chelating reagents    
EDTA, EGTA Strip nickel ions from resin Up to 1 mM has been used successfully in some cases, but care must be taken
Sulfhydril reagents    
beta-mercaptoethanol Prevents disulfide cross-linkages Up to 20 mM
DTT, DTE Low concentrations will reduce nickel ions A maximum of 1 mM may be reduce nickel ions used, but beta-mercaptoethanol is recommended
Detergents    
Nonionic detergents (Triton, Tween, NP-40, etc.) Removes background proteins and nucleic acids Up to 2% can be used
Cationic detergents   Up to 1% can be used
CHAPS   Up to 1% can be used
Anionic detergents (SDS, sarkosyl)   Not recommended, but up to 0.3% has been used success-fully in some cases
Denaturants Solubilize proteins  
GuHCl   Up to 6 M
Urea   Up to 8 M
Amino acids    
Glycine   Not recommended
Glutamine   Not recommended
Arginine   Not recommended
Histidine Binds to Ni-NTA and competes with histidine residues in the 6xHis tag Can be used at low concentrations (20 mM) to inhibit non-specific binding and, at higher concentrations (>100 mM), to elute the 6xHis-tagged protein from the Ni-NTA matrix
Other additives    
NaCl Prevents ionic interactions Up to 2 M can be used, at least 300 mM should be used
MgCl2   Up to 4 M
CaCl2   Up to 5 mM
Glycerol Prevents hydrophobic interaction between proteins Up to 50%
Ethanol Prevents hydrophobic interactions between proteins Up to 20%
Imidazole Binds to Ni-NTA and competes with histidine residues in the 6xHis tag Can be used at low concentrations (20 mM) to inhibit non-specific binding and, at higher concentrations (>100 mM), to elute the 6xHis-tagged
Sodium bicarbonate   Not recommended

Hemoglobin

 

Ammonium

 

Citrate

 

Not recommended

 

Not recommended

 

Up to 60mM has been used successfully

 

 

FAQ ID -49
How can I be sure that I am harvesting my induced bacterial culture at the best time point for protein expression?

To optimize the expression of a given recombinant protein, a time-course analysis of the level of protein expression in the induced culture is recommended. Intracellular protein content is often a balance between the amount of soluble protein in the cells, the formation of inclusion bodies, and protein degradation. By checking the 6xHis-tagged protein present at various times after induction in the soluble and insoluble fractions, the optimal induction period can be established, and the bacterial culture can be harvested at this time. It may be useful to perform plasmid Mini preparations on culture samples during the time-course to enable monitoring of plasmid (expression construct) maintenance.

Below, you can see an example of a time course of recombinant protein expression using the QIAexpress System. You can find this information also in the Section 'Expression in E. coli' in the QIAexpressionist Handbook. The handbook is an important resource for useful background information and protocols. For instructions on how to isolate protein from the soluble and insoluble fractions of induced cultures please see Protocol 14. "Protein minipreps of 6x His-tagged proteins from E. coli under native conditions" and Protocol 19. "6xHis-tagged protein minipreps under denaturing conditions."

 

 

 

Time course of expression using the QIAexpress System. Expression of 6xHis-tagged DHFR was induced with 1 mM IPTG. Aliquots were removed at the times indicated and purified on Ni-NTA Agarose under denaturing conditions. Proteins were visualized by Coomassie staining. Yields per liter culture were 2.8, 5.5,12.3, 33.8, and 53.9 mg, respectively. ■A Crude cell lysate; ■B purification with Ni-NTA. 1: flow-through, 2 & 3: first and second eluates; M: markers; C: noninduced control.

 

 

FAQ ID -788