Study of Alternating Tangential Flow filtration for perfusion and harvest in Chinese Hamster Ovary cells cultivation
2010 (English)In: Proceedings of the Cell Culture Engineering Conference XII, April 25-30, 2010, Banff, Canada, 2010Conference paper (Other academic)
Perfusion is a mode of operation where a continuous replacement of the conditioned medium by fresh medium is operated. It has the advantage of allowing high cell densities. This mode of operations is also required for some instable proteins since the cell-free supernatant containing the product of interest is immediately stored at low temperature where the proteolysis is not active. The ATF filtration device, Alternating Tangential Flow, has been designed to perfuse mammalian cell cultivation process and is used (or studied) nowadays for applications like perfusion, medium renewal, harvest, etc. The cell broth circulation back and forward in the filter prevents the filter clogging and the design ensures a low shear not damageable for the cells.
A perfusion process operated by ATF filtration and using CHO cells producing a monoclonal antibody was developed in a 2 L bioreactor. The medium did not contain animal derived components. Cell densities above 40 x 1E6 cells/mL were obtained with a perfusion rate of 2 reactor volume/day. The highest cell density observed was 48 x 1E6 cells/mL. These high cell densities were challenging for the aeration. Pure oxygen aeration by large bubbles from an open tube resulted in satisfying oxygenation until 25 to 30 x 1E6 cells/mL but became limiting at higher cell densities due to the low kLa of these bubbles and the small liquid height. At higher cell densities, a porous sparger with pure oxygen was used either alone or in combination with the open tube aeration. Automatic delivery of antifoam C and pluronic counteracted the effect of small bubble foam deleterious for the cells. From an operation point-of-view, the perfusion operated by the ATF device was satisfying, without filter fouling, easy to operate and to adjust in comparison with other separation devices by filtration or gravitation.
Finally harvesting by ATF filtration was evaluated in comparison with ‘one-way’ tangential flow filtration, TFF, on an IgG producing CHO fed-batch process produced in 2 L bioreactor and in 20 L bioreactor. Different settings and filter sizes were compared and the effect of varying the flow rate was studied.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ATF, perfusion, harvest, CHO cells
Research subject SRA - Molecular Bioscience
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-87286OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-87286DiVA: diva2:501600
Cell Culture Engineering Conference XII, April 25-30, 2010, Banff, Canada
Abstract included in the Proceedings of the Cell Culture Engineering Conference XII, April 25-30, 2010, Banff, Canada. QC 201203292012-02-142012-02-142012-03-29Bibliographically approved