Novel affinity tag system using structurally defined antibody-tag interaction: Application to single-step protein purification

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Biologically important human proteins often require mammalian cell expression for structural studies, presenting technical and economical problems in the production/purification processes. We introduce a novel affinity peptide tagging system that uses a low affinity anti-peptide monoclonal antibody. Concatenation of the short recognition sequence enabled the successful engineering of an 18-residue affinity tag with ideal solution binding kinetics, providing a low-cost purification means when combined with nondenaturing elution by water-miscible organic solvents. Three-dimensional information provides a firm structural basis for the antibody–peptide interaction, opening opportunities for further improvements/modifications.

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