Preparation of Bacterial Magnetosomes for Proteome Analysis

  • Oliver Raschdorf
  • Dirk Schüler
  • René UebeEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1841)


Magnetotactic bacteria form unique prokaryotic organelles, termed magnetosomes, which consist of membrane-enclosed magnetite nanoparticles. Analysis of magnetosome biogenesis has been greatly facilitated by proteomic methods. These, however, require pure, highly enriched magnetosomes. Here, we describe the purification of magnetosomes from Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense using high pressure cell disruption, and sequential purification by magnetic enrichment and sucrose density ultracentrifugation. The resulting enriched magnetosomes can be subsequently subjected to proteomic analyses or biotechnological applications.

Key words

Prokaryotic organelles Magnetosomes Magnetite nanoparticles Magnetic separation Ultracentrifugation Biotechnological application 



We thank Florian Bonn and Dörte Becher (University of Greifswald) for help with developing membrane enrichment protocol. This work was supported by the Human Frontier Science Foundation (grant RGP0052/2012) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (grant Schu1080/15-1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ludwig Maximilian UniversityMunichGermany
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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