Purification of human antibodies from animal cell cultures using gum arabic coated magnetic particles

Bruno Martins Alves, Luis Borlido, Sara A. S. L. Rosa, Marta F. Silva, Maria Raquel Aires-Barros, Ana C. A. Roque, Ana M. Azevedo

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BACKGROUNDThe emergence of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) as new biopharmaceutical products requires the development of new purification methods that are not only effective but are able to reduce production costs. To address the problematic recovery of mAbs, gum arabic (GA) coated magnetic particles (MPs) were used for the purification of human antibodies from animal cells supernatants.

RESULTSMPs were synthesized via co-precipitation and exhibited a spherical-like physical aspect, with an average hydrodynamic diameter of 473nm and a zeta potential of -26 mV. The adsorption and elution of IgG on these adsorbents was thoroughly studied. Adsorption of human IgG was enhanced at pH 6, for which a q(max) of 244mg IgG g(-1) MPs and K-d of 25mg L-1 were obtained. Increasing salt concentrations at a basic pH (1mol L-1 NaCl at pH 11) were found to improve the elution of bound IgG. The MPs were challenged with an artificial protein mixture containing human IgG, albumin, insulin and apo-transferrin. An overall yield of 84% was achieved, retrieving 92% of bound IgG.

CONCLUSIONSMPs were successfully used for the capture of monoclonal antibodies from two distinct mammalian cell cultures, a Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) and a hybridoma cell culture supernatants. The elution yields were high, ranging between 84% and 94%, with overall yields ranging from 72% to 88%. Final purities of 85% were reached for hybridoma cell supernatants. (c) 2014 Society of Chemical Industry

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)838-846
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2015


  • bioprocesses
  • bioseparations
  • pharmaceuticals
  • process development
  • purification
  • animal cells
  • human antibodies
  • magnetic particles
  • IGG

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