Recent Patents on Biotechnology

Nikolaos Labrou
Laboratory of Enzyme Technology, Department of Biotechnology
Agricultural University of Athens Iera Odos 75, Gr-118 55


Non-Chromatographic Strategies for Protein Refolding

Author(s): Saurabh Gautam, Priyanka Dubey, Gulam Mohmad Rather, Munishwar N. Gupta.


Overexpression of recombinant proteins in bacterial systems (such as E. coli) often leads to formation of inactive and insoluble ‘inclusion bodies’. Protein refolding refers to folding back the proteins after solubilizing/unfolding the misfolded proteins of the inclusion bodies. Protein aggregation, a concentration dependent phenomenon, competes with refolding pathway. The refolding strategies largely aim at reducing aggregation and/or promoting correct folding. This review focuses on non-chromatographic strategies for refolding like dilution, precipitation, three phase partitioning and macro-(affinity ligand) facilitated three phase partitioning. The nanomaterials which disperse well in aqueous buffers are also discussed in the context of facilitating protein refolding. Apart from general results with these methods, the review also covers the use of non-chromatographic methods in protein refolding in the patented literature beyond 2000. The patented literature generally describes use of cocktail of additives which results in increase in refolding yield. Such additives include low concentration of chaotropic agents, redox systems, ions like SO4 2- and Cl-, amines, carboxylic acids and surfactants. Some novel approaches like use of a “pressure window” or ionic liquids for refolding and immobilized diselenide compounds for ensuring correct –S–S– bonds pairing have also been discussed in various patents. In most of the patented literature, focus naturally has been on refolding in case of pharmaceutical proteins.

Keywords: Additives, affinity precipitation, inclusion bodies, macro-(affinity ligand) facilitated three phase partitioning, protein refolding, pseudochaperonins, smart polymers, three phase partitioning.

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Article Details

Year: 2012
Page: [57 - 68]
Pages: 12
DOI: 10.2174/187220812799789172