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Protein Solvent Interaction: Transition of Protein-solvent Interaction Concept from Basic Research into Solvent Manipulation of Chromatography

[ Vol. 20 , Issue. 1 ]


Tsutomu Arakawa* and Yoshiko Kita   Pages 34 - 39 ( 6 )


Previously, we have reviewed in this journal (Arakawa, T., Kita, Y., Curr. Protein Pept. Sci., 15, 608-620, 2014) the interaction of arginine with proteins and various applications of this solvent additive in the area of protein formulations and downstream processes. In this special issue, we expand the concept of protein-solvent interaction into the analysis of the effects of solvent additives on various column chromatography, including mixed-mode chromatography. Earlier in our research, we have studied the interactions of such a variety of solvent additives as sugars, salts, amino acids, polymers and organic solvents with a variety of proteins, which resulted in mechanistic understanding on their protein stabilization and precipitation effects, the latter known as Hofmeister series. While such a study was then a pure academic research, rapid development of genetic engineering technologies and resultant biotechnologies made it a valuable knowledge in fully utilizing solvent additives in manipulation of protein solution, including column chromatography.


Protein-solvent interaction, additive, cavity, surface tension, preferential interaction, chromatography.


Alliance Protein Laboratories, A Division of KBI Biopharma, 6042 Cornerstone Court West, San Diego, CA 92121, Sophia University, Tokyo 102-8554

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