An efficient single-step purification protocol for recombinant cytochrome P450 BM-3 from Bacillus megaterium, expressed in E. coli, was developed. Functional crude protein was obtained by disintegrating induced E. coli DH5α and removing cell debris by centrifugation. After investigating different anion-exchange matrices, elution salts and the elution procedures involving an AKTAexplorer system, adsorption of the crude extract from lysed E. coli to Toyopearl DEAE 650M anion exchanger, followed by a two-step elution using NaCl, proved sufficient to isolate almost pure protein without inactivation (up to 93% P450 BM-3 content) in yields that ranged between 79-86%. The purification method could be scaled up 1500-fold and higher without further optimization to a 6-l production-scale column containing Toyopearl DEAE 650M anion exchanger. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.
- Preparative chromatography