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Specifications for Strep-Tactin® Purification Resins

There are several Strep-Tactin® resin versions available. All resins differ in their properties and suitability for applications. Learn more about the different resin matrices in order to know when to use which resin.

Resin specifications

  Strep-Tactin®  Strep-Tactin®XT
Matrix Superflow® Sepharose® MacroPrep®  Superflow® 4Flow® 
      (only available as 20 ml slurry)    
High capacity available yes no no yes yes
Gravity flow column yes yes yes yes yes
Batch purification no no no yes yes
FPLC/HPLC yes no no yes yes
Binding capacity* classic:3 mg/ml resin  3 mg/ml resin 3 mg/ml resin classic: n.d. classic: 6.5 mg/ml resin
  high capacity: n.d.     high capacity: n.d. high capacity: 11.8 mg/ml resin
Dynamic binding capacity** classic: n.d.  n.d.  n.d.  classic: 4.1 mg/ml resin classic: 7 mg/ml resin
  high capacity: 7.0 mg/ml resin     high capacity: 15 mg/ml resin high capacity: 16 mg/ml resin
Bead structure 6% agarose, crosslinked 4% agarose, crosslinked polymethacrylate 6% agarose, crosslinked 4% agarose, highly crosslinked
Bead size 60-160 µm, spherical 45-165 µm 50 µm 60-160 µm, spherical 50-150 µm, spherical
Exclusion limit 6 x 106 ~3 x 107 1 x 106 6 x 106 3 x 107
Recommended  flow rate 0.5-1 ml/min  0.5-1 ml/min  0.5-1 ml/min  0.5-1 ml/min  0.5-1 ml/min
pH range for protein binding 7-8 7-8 7-8 6-10 4-10
Max pressure 9.6 bar gravity flow 70 bar 9.6 bar 9.6 bar
Storage 4 °C, do not freeze 4 °C, do not freeze 4 °C, do not freeze 4 °C, do not freeze 4 °C, do not freeze
Shipment RT RT RT RT RT
Eluent desthiobiotin desthiobiotin desthiobiotin biotin biotin
Regeneration buffer Buffer R Buffer R Buffer R Buffer XT-R Buffer XT-R
Features The Strep-Tactin® Superflow high capacity binds in comparison to Strep-Tactin® Superflow a three to five fold higher amount of target protein and thereby achieves a higher yield. Strep-Tactin® Sepharose is a good alternative for large proteins, if the affinity of Strep-Tactin®XT 4Flow® is too high.  The alternative when cell components (e.g. chlorophyll from plant extracts) bind non-specifically to Sepharose, Superflow or 4Flow®. Strep-Tactin®XT Superflow high capacity achieves higher yields than Strep-Tactin® Superflow high capacity and thereby is more cost efficient. Strep-Tactin®XT 4Flow® is the resin to start with. Due to the higher affinity compared to Strep-Tactin® resins it is particularly applicable for low abundant or challenging proteins.
If the affinity of Strep-Tactin®XT resins is too high and the target protein is not fully eluted, then Strep-Tactin® Superflow is a good alternative. Only suitable for gravity flow chromatography due to the low pressure stability. Synthetic support in comparison to all other resins. Can be used for protein purification under denaturing  conditions (6 M urea). Suitable for all types of proteins and especially for large proteins, because it has the high affinity of Strep-Tactin®XT, the broadest pH stability and consists of a low-concentrated agarose.

* Max binding capacity for a Strep-tag® protein (30kDa).

** Dynamic binding capacity (DBC) was determined with mCherry-Twin-Strep-tag® (30 kDa). The DBC is determined under realistic operation conditions and shows the amount of protein which is bound until 10% of the protein is found in the flow through.

Strep-Tactin® Sepharose®

For purification of Strep-tag®II proteins by gravity flow column chromatography

Strep-Tactin® Sepharose® provides high binding capacity and minimal non-specific binding.
The material can be used for gravity flow purification. Since the Strep-tag® protein purification should be performed as column affinity chromatography, we recommend our pre-packed Strep-Tactin® Sepharose® gravity flow columns, which are available in different formats (from 0.2 ml mini columns up to 10 ml columns).

For packing individual columns bulk material is available.

For batch purification we recommend to use magnetic beads: MagStrep "type3" XT beads.

Strep-Tactin® Superflow®

Strep-Tactin® Superflow® resin:

  • combines outstanding flow characteristics with superior mechanical stability
  • is suitable for increased flow rates and useful for purification of large protein complexes
  • yields much higher protein purity (> 95%) than 6xHistidine-tag purification on Ni-NTA Superflow®

Strep-Tactin® Superflow® resin is available as:

  • 50% suspension (slurry)
Strep-Tactin® Superflow® high capacity
Comparison of the dynamic binding capacity of Strep-Tactin® Superflow® high capacity (ST HC) with Strep- Tactin®XT Superflow® high capacity (STXT HC)
Comparison of the dynamic binding capacity
of Strep-Tactin® Superflow® high capacity
(ST HC) with Strep- Tactin®XT Superflow®
high capacity (STXT HC)

Strep-Tactin® Superflow® high capacity resin offers a three times higher binding capacity at identical high protein purity. It is the solution for Strep-tag® fusion proteins at high expression levels.

Strep-Tactin® Superflow®  high capacity resin is available as:

  • 50% suspension (slurry)

  • pre-packed Strep-Tactin® gravity flow columns

  • pre-packed cartridges for work with automated workstations like Äkta


NEW: Strep-Tactin®XT Superflow® high capacity

So far, Strep-Tactin® Superflow® high capacity is one of the most favored resins allowing the purification of recombinant proteins in high yields. However, the new Strep-Tactin®XT Superflow® high capacity provides significant more purified protein because it combines an increased capacity of the resin with a very efficient binding due to the high affinity for Strep-tag®II and Twin-Strep-tag®.

Strep-Tactin® MacroPrep®

The MacroPrep® resin exhibits non-specific binding properties differing from those of Sepharose® or Superflow® and can, thus, be recommended in cases where suboptimal results are obtained with Sepharose® or Superflow®, and vice versa.

MacroPrep® is available in one format:

  • 50% suspension (slurry)