Simple and efficient methods for isolation and activity measurement of the recombinant hirudin variant 3 from Bacillus subtilis
A simple purification approach of the recombinant hirudin variant 3 from the Bacillus subtilis was established, by which the hirudin could be purified to the purity of 95% through one-step chromatography with the total recovery rate of 83.9%. A modified Markwardt thrombin titration method for measuring hirudin activity was also set up. Briefly, a series of concentrations of thrombin was prepared and titrated to hirudin sample, respectively and the anti-thrombin activity-range of hirudin was narrowed down by several thrombin solutions at high or low concentration and the optimum group of thrombin concentrations was determined for titration of the hirudin sample. In this modified method, the hirudin activity was determined more accurately, concisely and promptly than the classic Markwardt method.
Key words: Hirudin, thrombin titration method, chromatography, purification.