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based on PURE system technology invented by Professor Takuya Ueda in the University of Tokyo

Reconstituted Cell-Free Protein Synthesis System PUREfrex® 2.0


PUREfrex kit is a newly developed reconstituted cell-free protein synthesis reagent based on PURE system technology invented by Professor Takuya Ueda in the University of Tokyo.

The reaction system consists of proteins, ribosome, amino acids and NTPs only (Ref. 1, 2). Those proteins are necessary for transcription, translation and energy regeneration. The proteins and ribosomes are highly purified individually and assembled together to constitute the protein synthesis system. To synthesize your protein, just add your template DNA or mRNA encoding the protein of interest into reaction mixture, and incubate for several hours. This system’s biggest point is RECONSTITUTED system by assembling translation related factors only. By this unique character, you may adjust the composition of reaction mixture as you like and may not have to consider serious background for your downstream application.

By improving the purification process of components of PUREfrex kit, contamination of RNase and β-galactosidase are greatly reduced, in addition to that, lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is also reduced less than 0.1 EU per 1 L of reaction mixture. All proteinous components of PUREfrex kit have no tags for purification and detection. It allows to fuse your protein with any tag to purify the product.


For preparation of following proteins
  • prokaryotic protein
  • eukaryotic protein
  • membrane protein
  • protein containing disulfide bonds
  • protein containing unnatural amino acids
  • ... etc.
For basic research in protein science
  • Translation
  • Folding of protein after synthesis
For in vitro display
  • Ribosome display
  • mRNA display

Feature and Advantages

PUREfrex kit is a reagent pursued of the original concept of PURE system technology, which is “reaction system consisting of translation system only”. So, one of the big improvements of PUREfrex kit is improved purity of components of the kit. Table 1 shows the methods for preparing PUREfrex kit compared with that for original PURE system. Especially, lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is reduced less than 0.1 EU per 1 L of reaction mixture of PUREfrex. Also, contamination of RNase and β-galactosidase are reduced (Fig. 1).

In addition to that, we reviewed the construct of each components for better activity, so all components of PUREfrex kit have no tags for purification and detection. It allows fusion of your protein with any tag. The result of purification of the synthesized protein with histidine tag is shown in Fig. 2.



To compare the amounts of contaminants in the reaction mixture of PUREfrex and original PURE system, the amount of LPS and the activity of RNase and β-galactosidase were measured and compared as relative value. The amount and activity of original PURE system (Ref. 2) are set to 100. The amounts of all the contaminants of PUREfrex are lower than those of original PURE system.


GFP with histidine tag (His-tag) was synthesized using PUREfrex and purified with metal-chelating resin.
Fig. 2 shows synthesized His-tagged protein can be purified with high purity by just one step.

Othre merits for live cell users!

  • No genetic transformation required
  • No consideration of cultuire condition required
  • No consideration of expression induction condition required
  • No consideration of purification condition required

PUREfrex 2.0 and DS supplement

Version UP!! PUREfrex 2.0 Series!

Greatly improved synthsis quantity!
Smaller size and lower price trial products are available on trial term.

  • Synthesis quantity is greatly improved. (- x10 times)
  • Improved the composition of the reaction reagent, keeping the PUREfrex features (Reducing contamination of RNase and β-galactosidase and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)), and improved efficiency of synthesis.
  • For 250 µl or 5*250 µl reaction (Version 1 was for 500 µl reaction)

Example of protein synthesis

Synthesis example using DnaK Mix

Synthesis example of protein needing disulfide combination

Kit component

For 250 µL Reaction
Solution I (White) 125 L Amino acids, NTPs, tRNAs and substrates for enzymes etc. -20°C
Solution II (Black) 12.5 L Proteins in 30% glycerol buffer -20°C or -80°C*1
Solution III (Red) 12.5 L x2 Ribosomes (20 M) -80°C*1
DHFR DNA (Clear)*2
Sequence (text)
10 L PCR product (20 ng/L) containing a gene encoding E.coli DHFR.

1) The rest of solution should be frozen rapidly in liquid nitrogen or dry ice/ethanol, and be stored at -80°C. Divide into aliquots, if necessary, and avoid refreeze and thaw as much as possible.
2) For synthesizing DHFR, add 2.5 µL of DHFR DNA to 50 µL of reaction.



Technical information and Protocol



Product List

Product Name Cat# Quantity Price


GFK-PF201-0.25-EX 1KIT

¥ 15,000
$ 200
€ 150


GFK-PF201-0.25-5-EX 1KIT

¥ 65,000
$ 867
€ 650

DnaK Mix

GFK-PF003-0.5-EX 1KIT

¥ 11,000
$ 147
€ 110

GroE Mix

GFK-PF004-0.5-EX 1KIT

¥ 11,000
$ 147
€ 110

DS supplement

GFK-PF005-0.5-EX 1KIT

¥ 6,000
$ 80
€ 60


GFK-PF213-0.25-EX 1KIT

¥ 15,000
$ 200
€ 150


GFK-PF213-0.25-5-EX 1KIT

¥ 65,000
$ 867
€ 650

  • 1. Cell-free translation reconstituted with purified components. Shimizu et al. (2001) Nat. Biotechnol., vol. 19, p. 751 PMID: 11479568
  • 2. Protein synthesis by pure translation systems. Shimizu et al. (2005) Methods, vol. 36, p. 299 PMID: 16076456

To be used for research only. DO NOT use for human gene therapy or clinical diagnosis.