Two-phase aqueous micellar systems: an alternative method for protein purification

Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering. 2004;21(4):531-544

 

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Journal Title: Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering

ISSN: 0104-6632 (Print); 1678-4383 (Online)

Publisher: Brazilian Society of Chemical Engineering

LCC Subject Category: Technology: Chemical technology: Chemical engineering

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: English

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Rangel-Yagui C. O.
Pessoa-Jr A.
Blankschtein D.

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Abstract | Full Text

Two-phase aqueous micellar systems can be exploited in separation science for the extraction/purification of desired biomolecules. This article reviews recent experimental and theoretical work by Blankschtein and co-workers on the use of two-phase aqueous micellar systems for the separation of hydrophilic proteins. The experimental partitioning behavior of the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) in two-phase aqueous micellar systems is also reviewed and new results are presented. Specifically, we discuss very recent work on the purification of G6PD using: i) a two-phase aqueous micellar system composed of the nonionic surfactant n-decyl tetra(ethylene oxide) (C10E4), and (ii) a two-phase aqueous mixed micellar system composed of C10E4 and the cationic surfactant decyltrimethylammonium bromide (C10TAB). Our results indicate that the two-phase aqueous mixed (C10E4/C10TAB) micellar system can improve significantly the partitioning behavior of G6PD relative to that observed in the two-phase aqueous C10E4 micellar system.