The Protein Production Core Facility (PPC) at Texas A&M Institute of Biosciences & Technology is dedicated to providing expression and purification services of functional proteins at a scale that meets the quantity and purity benchmarks for structural, biophysical, biochemical, and therapeutics studies. Services range from scale up of existing protocols to development of de novo expression and purification strategies. Currently, the PPC employs bacteria and yeast host systems with a view to expanding into mammalian host systems. The PPC specializes in systematic method development for expressing and purifying challenging proteins. Currently, the core facility is equipped with an ÄKTA Pure FPLC system, a Microfluidics M-110P cell homogenizer, and a cell culture suite. In addition, the PPC is furnished with all the standard laboratory equipment like refrigerated console shaker/incubators, an Avanti J-E centrifuge, Optima XPN-80 ultracentrifuge, and an Eppendorf D30 UV-vis spectrophotometer to expedite scale up of protein production and purification. Also, the PPC is equipped with a Mosquito LCP and a Dragonfly screen optimizer for automated protein crystallization screening, optimization, and scale-up, as well as a Biacore T200 (SPR) and a MicroCal PEAQ-ITC for high-quality characterization of molecular interactions in terms of kinetics, affinity, specificity, comparability, immunogenicity, and thermodynamics.  
 
Major Equipment

  • New Brunswick’s I26 incubated and refrigerated console shakers – capable of large scale expression of recombinant proteins in bacterial and yeast expression systems.
  • Microfluidics’ Microfluidizer M 110P – capable of large scale and high efficiency cell lysis.
  • Beckman Coulter’s Avanti J-E centrifuge and Optima XPN-80 ultracentrifuge – capable of large scale and high efficiency cell lysate separation and membrane preparation.
  • GE Healthcare’s ÄKTA Pure chromatography system – a flexible and intuitive purification system for proteins, peptides, and nucleic acids from microgram levels to tens of grams of target product in research applications.
  • TTP Labtech’s Mosquito LCP – automated protein crystallization screening, optimization, and scale-up.
  • TTP Labtech’s Dragonfly screen optimizer – enables complex assay gradients or optimization screens to be rapidly and accurately prepared, even with viscous liquids, while eliminating cross-contamination.
  • GE Healthcare’s Biacore T200 – a versatile system for high-quality characterization of molecular interactions in terms of kinetics, affinity, specificity, comparability, immunogenicity, and thermodynamics.
  • Marlvern’s MicroCal PEAQ-ITC – allows direct, label-free in solution measurement of binding affinity and thermodynamics in a single experiment, enabling the accurate determination of binding constants, reaction stoichiometry, enthalpy and entropy; provides a complete thermodynamic profile of the molecular interaction.

Core Leadership

Magnus Hook
Magnus Höök, PhD
Neva and Wesley West Professor / Regents & Distinguished Professor
Director, Protein Production and Analysis Core
Director, Center for Infection and Inflammatory Diseases
713.677.7551
mhook@ibt.tamhsc.edu