The NKI Protein facility is a protein production and characterisation facility at the Division of Biochemistry, The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI).
The NKI Protein Facility is part of the Instruct-NL National Instruct Centre in the Netherlands and provides support for the production, purification, biophysical characterisation and crystallisation of proteins. It is accessible to both internal (NKI) and external research groups. In particular researchers who don't have the experience or the facilities to produce and analyse proteins can request for assistance with the design and performance of the experiments. Some experiments (e.g. high throughput macromolecular crystallisation) will be performed by the facility members and are offered as a service. A particular strength of the facility is in the characterisation of macromolecular interaction with a multitude of biophysical methods. Importantly, to ensure a smooth application process, we strongly recommend any users to contact us before submitting an application.
Expression of soluble,functional proteins is dependent on many different factors. The facility can assist in the design of selective protein fragments using structural- and bio-informatics tools to increase the chance for success.
The facility has platforms for protein expression in E. coli (large-scale incubators at different temperatures), in insect cells using the baculovirus system, and for protein expression in mammalian cells (large roller-bottle incubator with a capacity for 90 bottles).
A variety of chromatography steps - including affinity, ion exchange and size exclusion chromatography - can be performed on different Akta and BioRad systems.
The facility offers a variety of biophysical techniques to characterise macromolecular properties and interactions. These include:
The facility has access to an automated high-throughput crystallisation screening platform. Crystallisation conditions can be screened for in 96-well format in 100-200 nanoliter droplets. Plates are prepared by (nanoliter) liquid handling robots and crystallisation trials are visualized over time by automated imaging systems at 4 °C and 20 °C; results are accessible via web-servers.
The Netherlands Cancer Institute/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital (NKI/AvL) is conveniently situated at the south-west side of Amsterdam. From Schiphol airport, it is about 15 minutes drive to the institute (bus or car) or 7 minutes by train (to Amsterdam Lelylaan station, followed by a 15 minute walk). From the institute it is easy to connect to Amsterdam city centre via tram, bus or train. More details can be found at the NKI website.