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Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
Abstract Surfactant concentration, ionic strength, and pH were optimised for the selective separation and purification of periplasmic cytochrome c553 from recombinant E. coli TG2 cells using response surface methodology. Back-extraction was accomplished using counter-ionic surfactant addition. Optimum forward extraction conditions were: 65 mM bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate sodium salt (AOT), 0.07 M NaCl, and pH 8.4, while the optimum back-extraction conditions were 80 mM trioctylmethylammonium chloride, 0.85 M KCl, and pH 9.62. In comparison to a conventionally purified sample using column chromatography (10 mg cytochrome c553 l−1 with a purity of 0.66), reverse micelles achieved the same concentration and similar purity (0.50) in only two simple steps.
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