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Ni-NTA Spin Kit (50)

Cat. No. / ID: 31314

50 Ni-NTA Spin Columns, Reagents, Buffers, Collection Tubes, 1 μg Control Expression Plasmid
Ni-NTA Spin Kit
Ni-NTA Spin Column
Ni-NTA Spin System are intended for molecular biology applications. These products are not intended for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of a disease.

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  • Up to 300 μg His-tagged protein per column in as little as 15 minutes
  • Purification under native and denaturing conditions
  • Up to 95% homogeneity in one step
  • Ready-to-use spin columns for rapid automated or manual processing

Product Details

Ni-NTA silica combines Ni-NTA with a macroporous silica support material optimized to suppress nonspecific hydrophobic interactions. Ni-NTA Spin Columns (His-protein purification spin columns) in the Ni-NTA Spin Kit and available separately provide Ni-NTA silica in a convenient microspin format for easy preparation of multiple samples in parallel. They provide a simple method for functional screening of engineered proteins, selection of clones expressing full-length translation products and comparison of expression levels. Each spin column can purify up to 300 µg of His-tagged protein. Like all Ni-NTA matrices, Ni-NTA spin columns can be used for one-step protein purification under native or denaturing conditions. The Ni-NTA Spin Kit is a complete kit for spin purification of His-tagged proteins. It can be automated on the QIAcube Connect.


Ni-NTA Spin Columns (His-protein purification spin columns), also included in the Ni-NTA Spin Kit, allow reproducible fast automated purification (see figure  “Reproducible automated purification”) at different expression levels (see figure  “Purification at different expression levels”).

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The QIAexpress Ni-NTA Protein Purification System, including the Ni-NTA Spin Columns and Ni-NTA Spin 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 – the His tag. This technology allows one-step purification of almost any His-tagged protein from any expression system 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 a greater binding capacity and protein preparations with higher purity than those obtained using other metal-chelating purification systems. The QIAexpress system can be used to purify His-tagged proteins from any expression system including baculovirus, mammalian cells, yeast and bacteria.


The purification of His-tagged proteins consists of 4 steps: cell lysis, binding, washing and elution (see figure  “Ni-NTA Spin Column purification with the Ni-NTA protein purification system”). Purification of recombinant proteins using the QIAexpress system does not depend on the 3-dimensional structure of the protein or His tag. This allows one-step protein purification under either native or denaturing conditions, from dilute solutions and crude lysates. Up to 600 μl of a cell lysate are loaded onto a Ni-NTA spin column. A quick 2-minute spin binds the tagged protein to Ni-NTA silica, while most of the untagged proteins flow through. After a wash step, purified protein is eluted under mild conditions (such as pH reduction to 5.9, or addition of 100-500 mM imidazole) in a volume of 100-300 μl. Removal of the His tag is usually unnecessary since it is small and rarely immunogenic. The purified protein is ready for immediate use. Proteins can be purified from multiple small-scale expression cultures in around 30 minutes (manual procedure) or approximately 60 minutes (automated QIAcube Connect procedure). Strong denaturants and detergents can be used for efficient solubilization and purification of receptors, membrane proteins and proteins that form inclusion bodies. Reagents that allow efficient removal of nonspecifically binding contaminants can be included in wash buffers (see table). Purified proteins are eluted under mild conditions by adding 100-250 mM imidazole as competitor or by a reduction in pH.

Reagents compatible with the Ni-NTA–His interaction:

  • 6 M guanidine HCl
  • 8 M urea
  • 2% Triton X-100
  • 2% Tween 20
  • 1% CHAPS
  • 20 mM β-ME
  • 10 mM DTT
  • 50% glycerol
  • 20% ethanol
  • 2 M NaCl
  • 4 M MgCl2
  • 5 mM CaCl2
  • ≤20 mM imidazole
  • 20 mM TCEP
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The QIAexpress Ni-NTA Protein Purification System, including Ni-NTA Spin Columns and the Ni-NTA Spin Kit, provides reliable, one-step purification of proteins suitable for any application, including:

  • Structural and functional investigations
  • Crystallization for determination of three-dimensional structure
  • Assays involving protein–protein and protein–DNA interaction
  • Immunization to produce antibodies


Comparison of Ni-NTA Spin Columns and the Ni-NTA Spin Kit
Features Ni-NTA Spin Columns Ni-NTA Spin Kit
Applications Proteomics Proteomics
Bead size 16–24 µm 16–24 µm
Binding capacity Up to 300 µg per spin column Up to 300 µg per spin column
Gravity flow or spin column Spin column Spin column
Processing Automated/manual Automated
Scale Small scale Small scale
Special feature Low-throughput screening Up to 95% homogeneity in one step
Starting material Cell lysate Cell lysate
Support/matrix Macroporus silica Macroporus silica
Tag 6xHis tag 6xHis tag

Supporting data and figures


A semi-automated method for purification of milligram quantities of proteins on the QIAcube.
McGraw J; Tatipelli VK; Feyijinmi O; Traore MC; Eangoor P; Lane S; Stollar EJ;
Protein Expr Purif; 2014; 96 :48-53 2014 Feb 5 PMID:24508590
The influence of insertion of a critical residue (Arg356) in structure and bioluminescence spectra of firefly luciferase.
Tafreshi NKh; Hosseinkhani S; Sadeghizadeh M; Sadeghi M; Ranjbar B; Naderi-Manesh H;
J Biol Chem; 2006; 282 (12):8641-7 2006 Dec 30 PMID:17197704
A highly specific system for efficient enzymatic removal of tags from recombinant proteins.
Schäfer F; Schäfer A; Steinert K;
J Biomol Tech; 2002; 13 (3):158-71 2002 Sep PMID:19498979
The promyelocytic leukemia protein functions as a negative regulator of IFN-gamma signaling.
Choi YH; Bernardi R; Pandolfi PP; Benveniste EN;
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A; 2006; 103 (49):18715-20 2006 Nov 22 PMID:17121994