Purification of tryptophan containing synthetic peptides by selective binding of the α-amino group to immobilised metal ions Academic Article uri icon


  • Immobilised metal ion affinity chromatography (IMAC) based on selective binding via the alpha-amino group to Cu2+ and Ni2+ ions has been used to purify tryptophan containing synthetic peptides. A free alpha-amino group, serving as an affinity handle, is present only in the target peptide when the peptides are synthesised by the solid-phase method and remaining amino groups after each coupling step are blocked by acetylation. A free alpha-amino group is necessary to retain the peptide on the column. The tryptophan residue may contribute to the binding only if the peptide is simultaneously anchored via the alpha-amino group.

publication date

  • February 1994