Purification and determination of biological activity of a recombinant enterokinase

Luong Kim Phuong, Do Thi Huyen, Le Thi Thu Hong
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  • Luong Kim Phuong
  • Do Thi Huyen
  • Le Thi Thu Hong Institute of Biotechnology




Enterokinase is a serine protease in which the light chain containing catalytic domain plays a role for recognition and digestion of a specific peptide of tetra-amino acids. Thus, it has been commonly used in biotechnology to cleave a fusion partner in chimeric protein for releasing target protein. In previous publication, the light chain of enterokinase was expressed in fusion form with thioredoxin to generate chimeric protein Trx-ent. The insoluble Trx-ent was primarily refolded for biological activity of auto-digestion to release enterokinase. In this study, we purified and examined biological activity of light chain recombiant enterokinase. The Trx-ent was refolded in process with denaturation in guanidin and then suitable buffers. Subsequently, the enterokinase was purified by factionation with ethanol precipitation at concentration of 20% to achive purify of 82%. The content of enterokinase obtained was 15.6 mg in 1 liter of fermentation and thus the recovery efficiency reached 8.2%. The activity of the recombinant enterokinase using Trx-FliC fusion protein as substrate was 230 units/µg, equivalent to the enterokinase activity of Invitrogen. This result is potential for application of the recombinant enterokinase in recombinant protein production.


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Kim Phuong, L., Thi Huyen, D., & Thu Hong, L. T. (2021). Purification and determination of biological activity of a recombinant enterokinase. Vietnam Journal of Biotechnology, 19(4), 651–658. https://doi.org/10.15625/1811-4989/15850




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