A little background: as part of my bioinformatics degree I have to take Protein Chemistry course, but I miss chemistry basics (have CS background), so that's why I'm asking the following question.

We performed protein (Galanthus Nivalis L. agglutinin) purification in class, using affinity chromatography. The mannose column was loaded with protein (mixed with ammonium sulphate), washed with ammonium sulfate and then the protein was eluted using 20 mM DAP. While I understand the principle of affinity chromatography, I can't really figure out the chemistry of using DAP to elute the protein.

Would appreciate any help.

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    $\begingroup$ It is always a good idea to define the abbreviations. DAP can be diammonium phosphate or diaminopropane. $\endgroup$
    – AChem
    Nov 3, 2019 at 23:28

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In this report, diaminopropane is used to elute a lectin from an affinity column. They mention the pH, which is the key to the question.

The bound lectin was eluted with 20 mM diaminopropane containing 0.15M NaCl, pH ~11.

The diaminopropane is unbuffered, and the high pH weakens the interactions between lectin and carbohydrates.


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