Simplified immobilisation method for histidine-tagged enzymes in poly(methyl methacrylate) microfluidic devices

Gulsim Kulsharova, Nikolay Dimov, Marco P.C. Marques, Nicolas Szita, Frank Baganz

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

11 Citations (Scopus)
178 Downloads (Pure)


Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) microfluidic devices have become promising platforms for a wide range of applications. Here we report a simple method for immobilising histidine-tagged enzymes suitable for PMMA microfluidic devices. The 1-step-immobilisation described is based on the affinity of the His-tag/Ni-NTA interaction and does not require prior amination of the PMMA surface, unlike many existing protocols. We compared it with a 3-step immobilisation protocol involving amination of PMMA and linking NTA via a glutaraldehyde cross-linker. These methods were applied to immobilise transketolase (TK) in PMMA microfluidic devices. Binding efficiency studies showed that about 15% of the supplied TK was bound using the 1-step method and about 26% of the enzyme was bound by the 3-step method. However, the TK-catalysed reaction producing l-erythrulose performed in microfluidic devices showed that specific activity of TK in the device utilising the 1-step immobilisation method was approximately 30% higher than that of its counterpart. Reusability of the microfluidic device produced via the 1-step method was tested for three cycles of enzymatic reaction and at least 85% of the initial productivity was maintained. The device could be operated for up to 40 h in a continuous flow and on average 70% of the initial productivity was maintained. The simplified immobilisation method required fewer chemicals and less time for preparation of the immobilised microfluidic device compared to the 3-step method while achieving higher specific enzyme activity. The method represents a promising approach for the development of immobilised enzymatic microfluidic devices and could potentially be applied to combine protein purification with immobilisation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNew Biotechnology
Early online date11 Dec 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Dec 2017


  • Enzyme immobilisation
  • Histidine-tagged enzyme
  • Microfluidics
  • Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)
  • Transketolase


Dive into the research topics of 'Simplified immobilisation method for histidine-tagged enzymes in poly(methyl methacrylate) microfluidic devices'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this