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IMPACT™ (Intein Mediated Purification with an Affinity Chitin-binding Tag) is a novel protein purification system which utilizes the inducible self-cleavage activity of a protein splicing element (termed intein) to separate the target protein from the affinity tag. It distinguishes itself from all other purification systems by its ability to purify, in a single chromatographic step, a native recombinant protein without the use of a protease (1,2). A target protein is fused to a tag consisting of the intein and the chitin binding domain which allows affinity purification of the fusion protein on a chitin column. In the presence of thiols such as DTT or 2-mercaptoethanesulfonic acid (MESNA), the intein undergoes specific self-cleavage which releases the target protein from the chitin-bound intein tag resulting in a single-column purification of the target protein. In addition, with the use of pTXB1, native recombinant proteins that possess a reactive C-terminal thioester can be isolated for applications including protein ligation, semisynthesis and site-specific labeling (3,4).

The IMPACT™ Kit (NEB #E6901) contains expression vectors which allow fusion of the cleavable intein tag to either the C-terminus or N-terminus of the target protein. This flexibility in fusion protein construction maximizes the probability of successful expression and purification of a target protein.

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IMPACT™ is a trademark of New England Biolabs, Inc.

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Protocols for IMPACT™
Application Notes for IMPACT™
  • Yields proteins with native sequence
  • One-step affinity purification with no additional steps to remove affinity tag
  • Release from the fusion partner without the use of proteases
  • Fusion to either the C-terminus or N-terminus of the target protein
  • The ability to label the C-terminus of the target protein
  • T7 Promoter for higher levels of expression and tight transcriptional control
  • The ability to introduce non-coded amino acids, fatty acids or chemically modified amino acid residues (segmental labeling of proteins for NMR analysis)
Expression and Purification of E. coli Maltose-Binding Protein (MBP) Using the pTXB1 Vector (pMXB10)

Lane 1: uninduced cell extract.
Lane 2: induced cell extract showing expressed fusion protein.
Lane 3: MBP fractions eluted after inducing cleavage overnight at 4°C.
Lane 4: MBP ligated to a peptide containing an N-terminal cysteine. Marker M is the Protein Ladder (NEB #P7703)
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