Partitioning in aqueous two-phase systems: Analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
2015 (English)In: Biotechnology Journal, ISSN 1860-6768, E-ISSN 1860-7314, Vol. 10, no 8, 1158-1169 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
For half a century aqueous two-phase systems (ATPSs) have been applied for the extraction and purification of biomolecules. In spite of their simplicity, selectivity, and relatively low cost they have not been significantly employed for industrial scale bioprocessing. Recently their ability to be readily scaled and interface easily in single-use, flexible biomanufacturing has led to industrial re-evaluation of ATPSs. The purpose of this review is to perform a SWOT analysis that includes a discussion of: (i) strengths of ATPS partitioning as an effective and simple platform for biomolecule purification; (ii) weaknesses of ATPS partitioning in regard to intrinsic problems and possible solutions; (iii) opportunities related to biotechnological challenges that ATPS partitioning may solve; and (iv) threats related to alternative techniques that may compete with ATPS in performance, economic benefits, scale up and reliability. This approach provides insight into the current status of ATPS as a bioprocessing technique and it can be concluded that most of the perceived weakness towards industrial implementation have now been largely overcome, thus paving the way for opportunities in fermentation feed clarification, integration in multi-stage operations and in single-step purification processes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 10, no 8, 1158-1169 p.
Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-174667DOI: 10.1002/biot.201400532ISI: 000361823400008ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84938985238OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-174667DiVA: diva2:871518
QC 201511162015-11-162015-10-072015-11-16Bibliographically approved