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Strep-tag® vs His-tag

Benefits of Strep-tag® vs His-tag purification

Strep-tag® and His-tag are both widely used tools for affinity purification via a peptide tag. But when it comes to purity and versatility in applications, some differences between both systems are obvious. The infographic on the left shows not only the time saving way of Strep-tag® protein purification but also the main key features of the Strep-tag® system at a glance.

Comprehensive comparison of Strep-tag® and His-tag protein purification systems

Protein purification protocols

Strep-Tactin® purification protocol

Strep-Tactin®XT purification protocol

His-tag purification protocol

Comparison of Strep-tag protein purification steps to His-tag protein purification steps

How to avoid Ni-leakage when purifying proteins from Expi supernatants?

Purifying His-tagged proteins from Expi supernatants with Ni-NTA resins is problematic and has been associated with a loss of target protein in the purification process.

In this case study you will learn that a standard Ni-NTA resin does not provide reliable and predictable purification results. Furthermore, it demonstrates that standard Ni-NTA resins exhibit significant reduction of binding capacity and recovery due to nickel leakage by media supplements.

The application note shows how sample volumes impact protein recovery and that residence time influences His-tag purification remarkably.

Download application note

Strep-tag® performs better than His-tag in purification of mammalian-expressed proteins

In combination with high density mammalian protein expression, the His-tag system can lead to poor purification results, if conditions are not optimized. In order to achieve pure proteins for downstream applications from the coupling of the His-tag system and high density mammalian systems, further adjustments like dialysis of the supernatant, lower media:resin ratios or the use of strip-resistant nickel resins become necessary. Such adaptions require additional optimization time and effort, however, these challenges can be avoided by using the Strep-tag® system.

The following whitepaper shows the advantages of the Strep-tag® technology in comparison to the His-tag system as well as the excellent connection of the Strep-tag® technology with two high density mammalian expression systems, the Expi293TM and the ExpiCHOTM expression systems.

White paper download (pdf)

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See why His-tag fails in some protein applications and learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of the two systems.

Strep-tag® - One affinity tag for all protein applications

By exploiting the highly specific interaction, Strep-tagged proteins can be isolated in one step from crude cell lysates in unparalleled purity. Because the Strep-tag® elutes under gentle, physiological conditions it is especially suited for generation of functional proteins e.g. enzymatic proteins. The mild (physiological) purification and elution conditions required for Strep-tag® fusion proteins make them suitable for structural and functional investigations, protein-protein interaction studies, ligand-receptor investigations or even separation of living cells for re-culturing processes. The system is suitable for multiple protein classes, e.g. metallo proteins, membrane proteins, fragile protein complexes with multiple subunits and any other protein class.

The near covalent affinity of Twin-Strep-tag®to Strep-Tactin®XT can be used to efficiently immobilize proteins for assay development. This makes the system to a universal platform and superior to all other affinity systems: one tag can be used for expressionpurificationdetection and immobilization.

For detailed information about further commonly used protein purification affinity tags we recommend the Editorial Article from Biocompare.


IBA is the original manufacturer of the Strep-tag® system and provides a complete portfolio around protein purification using this affinity system!

Strep-Tactin®XT 4Flow® Starter Kit
All reagents required for purification and detection of Strep-tagII® and Twin-Strep-tag® fusion proteins
Strep-Tactin®XT 4Flow® resin
50% suspension to purify Strep-tag®II or Twin-Strep-tag® fusion proteins
Strep-Tactin®XT 4Flow® column
Gravity flow column to purify Strep-tag®II or Twin-Strep-tag® fusion proteins
Strep-Tactin®XT 4Flow® FPLC column
FPLC column to purify Strep-Tag®II or Twin-Strep-tag® fusion proteins
MagStrep Strep-Tactin®XT beads
Magnetic beads (5% suspension) to purify Strep-tag®II or Twin-Strep-tag® fusion proteins
Strep-Tactin®XT Buffer Set
Strep-Tactin®XT purification buffer set