Recombinant E. coli BirA His-tag Protein, CF

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Recombinant E. coli BirA His-tag Protein, CF Summary

Product Specifications

>90%, by SDS-PAGE visualized with Silver Staining and quantitative densitometry by Coomassie® Blue Staining.
Endotoxin Level
<0.10 EU per 1 μg of the protein by the LAL method.
Measured by its ability to generate pyrophosphate from the biotinylation reaction.  The pyrophosphate is subsequently hydrolyzed using Recombinant Yeast Inorganic Pyrophosphatase/PPA1 (ryPPA1) (Catalog # 8088-PP).

The specific activity is >10.0 pmol/min/μg, as measured under the described conditions.
E. coli-derived e. coli BirA protein
Lys2-Lys321, with an N-terminal Met & 6-His tag
Accession #
N-terminal Sequence
Predicted Molecular Mass
36 kDa
30-38 kDa, under reducing conditions

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Carrier Free

What does CF mean?

CF stands for Carrier Free (CF). We typically add Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) as a carrier protein to our recombinant proteins. Adding a carrier protein enhances protein stability, increases shelf-life, and allows the recombinant protein to be stored at a more dilute concentration. The carrier free version does not contain BSA.

What formulation is right for me?

In general, we advise purchasing the recombinant protein with BSA for use in cell or tissue culture, or as an ELISA standard. In contrast, the carrier free protein is recommended for applications, in which the presence of BSA could interfere.


Formulation Supplied as a 0.2 μm filtered solution in MES, NaCl, TCEP, EDTA and Glycerol.
Shipping The product is shipped with polar packs. Upon receipt, store it immediately at the temperature recommended below.
Stability & Storage: Use a manual defrost freezer and avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles.
  • 6 months from date of receipt, -20 to -70 °C as supplied.
  • 3 months, -20 to -70 °C under sterile conditions after opening.

Assay Procedure

  • Assay Buffer: 25 mM Tris, 150 mM NaCl, pH 7.5 
  • Recombinant E. coli BirA His-tag (rEBirA) (Catalog # 10464-BA)
  • Recombinant Yeast Inorganic Pyrophosphatase/PPA1 (ryPPA1) (Catalog # 8088-PP)
  • Recombinant Human Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor Superfamily Member 4 (rhOX40)
  • Magnesium Chloride (Sigma, Catalog # M8266), 1 M stock in deionized water
  • Biotin (Thermo, Catalog # 29129), 10 mM stock in 5% (v/v) DMSO
  • Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) (Sigma, Catalog # A7699), 400 mM stock in deionized water
  • Malachite Green Phosphate Detection Kit (Catalog # DY996)
  • 96-well Clear Plate (Catalog # DY990)
  • Plate Reader (Model: SpectraMax Plus by Molecular Devices) or equivalent
  1. Dilute 1 M Phosphate Standard by adding 10 µL of the 1 M Phosphate Standard to 990 µL of deionized water for a 10 mM stock. Continue by adding 10 µL of the 10 mM Phosphate stock to 990 µL of Assay Buffer for a 100 µM stock. This is the first point of the standard curve.
  2. Continue standard curve by performing six one-half serial dilutions of the 100 µM Phosphate stock using Assay Buffer. The standard curve has a range of 0.078 to 5 nmol per well.
  3. Load 50 µL of each dilution of the standard curve into a plate. Include a curve blank containing the 50 µL of Assay Buffer.
  4. Prepare reaction mixture containing 2 mM ATP, 20 mM MgCl2, 800 µM Biotin, 280 µg/mL rhOX40, and 8 µg/mL ryPPA1 in Assay Buffer.
  5. Dilute rEBirA to 40 µg/mL in Assay Buffer.
  6. Load 25 µL of the 40 µg/mL rEBirA into empty wells of the same plate as the curve.  Include a Control containing 25 µL of Assay Buffer.
  7. Load 25 µL of the reaction mixture to wells, excluding the standard curve.
  8. Seal plate and incubate at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  9. Add 30 µL of the Malachite Green Reagent A to all wells. Mix briefly.
  10. Add 100 µL of the deionized water to all wells. Mix briefly.
  11. Add 30 µL of the Malachite Green Reagent B to all wells. Mix and incubate sealed plate at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  12. Read plate at 620 nm (absorbance) in endpoint mode. 
  13. Calculate specific activity:

     Specific Activity (pmol/min/µg) =

Phosphate released* (nmol) x (1000 pmol/nmol)
Incubation time (min) x amount of enzyme (µg) x 2

*Derived from the phosphate standard curve using linear fitting and adjusted for Control.

Per Reaction:
  • rEBirA: 1 µg
  • ryPPA1: 0.2 µg
  • ATP: 1 mM
  • rhOX40: 7 µg
  • MgCl2: 10 mM
  • Biotin: 400 µM

Scientific Data

SDS-PAGE Recombinant E. coli BirA His-tag Protein SDS-PAGE View Larger

2 μg/lane of RecombinantE. coliBirA His-tag (Catalog # 10464-BA) was resolved with SDS-PAGE under reducing (R) and non-reducing (NR) conditions and visualized by Coomassie® Blue staining, showing bands at 30-38 kDa.

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Background: BirA

BirA, the biotin-protein ligase (BPL) of Escherichia coli, is also known as biotin operon repressor, biotin-[acetyl-CoA-carboxylase] ligase, and biotin-[acetyl-CoA-carboxylase] synthetase. BirA, a member of the group II biotin-protein ligase family, contains an N-terminal helix-turn-helix DNA-binding domain, a catalytic core that catalyzes biotinyl 5' adenylate (bio-5'-AMP) synthesis, and a C-terminal domain that plays a role in DNA binding, dimerization, and catalytic function (1). BirA functions both as a DNA-binding protein that represses the biotin biosynthesis operon as well as an enzyme that synthesizes its own corepressor, bio-5'-AMP, an intermediate in biotinylation reactions (1). BirA biotinylates via the lysine side chain of biotin-accepting proteins/peptides, including natural substrate, carboxyl carrier protein (BCCP), and AviTag fusion proteins (1-4). Once biotinylated, (strept)avidin-biotin interactions can be utilized in a wide variety of applications of biochemistry and cell biology, including protein capture, immobilization, multimerizing, and bridging molecules (5).

  1. Chapman-Smith, A. and et al. (2001) Protein Sci. 10:2608.
  2. Cronan, J. (1989) Cell. 58:427.
  3. Cull, M. and Schatz, P. (2000) Methods Enzymol. 326:430.
  4. Li, Y. and Sousa R. (2012) Protein Expr. Purif. 82:162.
  5. Fairhead, M. and Howarth, M. (2015) Methods Mol. Biol. 1266:171.
Long Name
DNA-binding transcriptional repressor/biotin-[acetyl-CoA-carboxylase] ligase BirA
Entrez Gene IDs
948469 (E. coli)
Alternate Names
Bifunctional protein birA; Bio R; bioR; Biotin [acetyl CoA carboxylase] synthetase; BirA; dhbB; ECK3965

Citation for Recombinant E. coli BirA His-tag Protein, CF

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  1. Rational screening for cooperativity in small-molecule inducers of protein-protein associations
    Authors: Liu, S;Tong, B;Mason, JW;Ostrem, JM;Tutter, A;Hua, BK;Tang, SA;Bonazzi, S;Briner, K;Berst, F;Zécri, FJ;Schreiber, SL;
    bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology
    Species: N/A
    Sample Types: Recombinant Protein
    Applications: Bioassay


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