Quantitative analysis of protein recovery from dilute, large volume samples by tangential flow ultrafiltration

Matthew J. Powell, Aaron T. Timperman

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Important processes and parameters that affect the recovery yield using tangential flow ultrafiltration for the concentration and purification of proteins from dilute, large volume samples are investigated. Proteins from a radiolabeled E. coli cell lysate are concentrated from 60 and 20 L samples of artificial seawater. First, the improvement in the recovery and carryover with use of surface blocking agents is measured. The surface passivation resulted in a measurable decrease in adsorptive losses with minimal carryover. Additionally, the surface blocking agent pre-treatment resulted in more reproducible and reliable recovery yields (∼55-60%) and enhanced initial relative recovery by 46% for the initial 20 L processed. Second, the effects of the total protein sample concentration on the recovery yield are investigated. At low protein concentration (1.0 μg protein/L) the percent recovery yield was reduced, while at concentrations above 2.0 μg protein/L the percent recovery yield was nearly constant. Third, the components of the system were quantitatively analyzed to identify the relative contribution of the system components to adsorptive loss, and no single component was found to account for a large percent of the adsorptive loss. These results provide quantitative values for the recovery yields and critical information for improving protein recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-236
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Membrane Science
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 15 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Dissolved proteins
  • Membranes
  • Radioactive labeling
  • Surface blocking agents
  • Ultrafiltration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Filtration and Separation


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