• ion exchange chromatography;
  • protein refolding;
  • purification;
  • protein folding liquid chromatography;
  • recombinant renin receptor

Purification of the recombinant human renin receptor (rhRnR) is a major aspect of its biological or biophysical analysis, as well as structural research. A simple and efficient method for the refolding and purification of rhRnR expressed in Escherichia coli with weak anion-exchange chromatography (WAX) was presented in this work. The solution containing denatured rhRnR in 8.0 mol/L urea extracted from the inclusion bodies was directly injected into the WAX column. The aggregation was prevented and the soluble form of renatured rhRnR in aqueous solution was obtained after desorption from the column. Effects of the extracting solutions, the pH values and urea concentrations in the mobile phase, as well as the sample size on the refolding and purification of rhRnR were investigated, indicating that the above mentioned factors had remarkable influences on the efficiency of refolding, purification and mass recovery of rhRnR. Under the optimal conditions, rhRnR was successfully refolded and purified simultaneously by WAX in one step within only 30 min. The result was satisfactory with mass recovery of 71.8% and purity of 94.8%, which was further tested by western blotting. The specific binding of the purified rhRnR to recombinant human renin was also determined using surface plasmon resonance (SPR). The association constant of rhRnR to recombinant human renin was calculated to be 3.25 × 108 L/mol, which demonstrated that rhRnR was already renatured and simultaneously purified in one step using WAX. All of the above demonstrate that protein folding liquid chromatography (PFLC) should be a powerful tool for the purification and renaturation of rhRnR. © 2014 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Biotechnol. Prog., 30:864–871, 2014