Cibacron Blue F3GA was covalently attached onto monosize poly(glycidyl methacrylate) [poly(GMA)] beads for purification of lysozyme from chicken egg white. Monosize poly(GMA) beads, 1.6 mu m in diameter, were produced by a dispersion polymerization technique. The content of epoxy groups on the surface of the poly(GMA) sample determined by the HCI-pyridine method (3.8 mmol/g). Cibacron Blue F3GA loading was 1.73 mmol/g. The monosize beads were characterized by elemental analysis, FTIR and SEM. Adsorption studies were performed under different conditions in a batch system (i.e., medium pH, protein concentration, temperature and ionic strength). Maximum lysozyme adsorption amount of poly(GMA) and poly(GMA)-Cibacron Blue F3GA beads were 1.6 and 591.7 mg/g, respectively. The applicability of two kinetic models including pseudo-first order and pseudo-second order model was estimated on the basis of comparative analysis of the corresponding rate parameters, equilibrium adsorption capacity and correlation coefficients. Results suggest that chemisorption processes could be the rate-limiting step in the adsorption process. It was observed that after 10 adsorption-elution cycle, poly(GMA)-Cibacron Blue F3GA beads can be used without significant loss in lysozyme adsorption capacity. Purification of lysozyme from egg-white was also investigated. Purification of lysozyme was monitored by determining the lysozyme activity using Micrococcus lysodeikticus as substrate. The purity of the eluted lysozyme was analyzed by SDS-PAGE and found to be 88% with recovery about 79%. The specific activity of the eluted lysozyme was high as 43,600 U/mg. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.