Separation of Ovotransferrin from Chicken Egg White without Using Organic Solvents

  • Sandun Abeyrathne (Iowa State University)
  • Hyunyong Lee (Iowa State University)
  • Dong U. Ahn (Iowa State University)


Ovotransferrin from chicken egg white was separated without using organic solvents. Egg white was diluted with 1 vol. of distilled water (DW), and then homogenized. After removing ovomucin by centrifugation after adjusting the pH to 4.5-5.0, the resulting supernatant was added with ammonium sulfate and citric acid, and then centrifuged after holding overnight at 4 oC. The precipitant, which contains ovotransferrin, was dissolved in DW and the ovotransferrin was re-precipitated using ammonium sulfate and citric acid. The precipitant collected after centrifugation was dissolved with DW, and then desalted and concentrated. The purity of ovotransferrin was determined, the protein identified, and the yield calculated after freeze drying. Over 85% purity and over 83% yield were obtained from the combinations of 5.0% (w/v) ammonium sulfate and 2.5% (w/v) citric acid followed by 2.0% (w/v) ammonium sulfate and 1.5% (w/v) citric acid. The method was simple and cost effective. The isolated ovotransferrin can be used as is or after modifications for various applications such as antimicrobial, anticancer treatments, and iron supplementing agents for human.

Keywords: ASL R2990, Animal Science

How to Cite:

Abeyrathne, S., Lee, H. & Ahn, D. U., (2015) “Separation of Ovotransferrin from Chicken Egg White without Using Organic Solvents”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 12(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/ans_air-180814-1311

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Published on
01 Jan 2015
Peer Reviewed