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Title: Human epidermal growth factor (hEGF) excreted by recombinant Escherichia coli K-12 has the correct N-terminus and is fully bioactive
Authors: Huang, R. C.
Lam, E.
Chen, Y. H.
Hackett, James A.
Lam, T. L.
Liu, D.
Ma, M. C.
Siu, K. L.
Sivakesava, S.
Xu, Z. N.
Wong, R. S. C.
Wong, Wan-Keung R.
Keywords: hEGF
Human epidermal growth factor
Escherichia coli
Issue Date: Oct-1999
Citation: Process biochemisty, v. 35, no. 1-2, October 1999, p. 1-5
Abstract: The high stability and productivity of recently-developed E. coli JM101 strains expressing human epidermal growth factor (hEGF) facilitated scale-up of hEGF production, and a protocol to purify hEGF from bacterial culture supernatant was required. hEGF-containing supernatant from an induced E. coli JM101/lacUV5par8EGF culture was purified by (A) QAE Sephadex A-25 ion-exchange chromatography, (B) Sephadex G-25 desalting, (C) SP-Sepharose cation-exchange chromatography, and (D) reverse-phase HPLC. The hEGF obtained was pure by HPLC and SDS-PAGE. The N-terminus of the purified hEGF was authentic. Commercial pure hEGF, and hEGF purified as described, were assessed for bioactivity, and yielded superimposable curves. The recovery of hEGF with this protocol was 30% of original, while the purity was 97-100%.
Rights: Process Biochemistry © copyright (1999) Elsevier. The Journal's web site is located at
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