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Characterisation of chromatography adsorbents for antibody bioprocessing

Sheth, B.; (2009) Characterisation of chromatography adsorbents for antibody bioprocessing. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Currently the purification of monoclonal antibodies for therapeutic purposes is reliant on protein A affinity chromatography. The rapid growth of this class of therapeutic and their high value makes the understanding of protein A chromatography an important target. There is a range of commercially available protein A chromatography media. The main differences between these media are the support matrix type, the pore size, the particle size, the amount of ligand attached to the matrix and the kind of protein A modification. The differences in these factors give rise to differences in compressibility, chemical and physical robustness, diffusion resistance and binding capacity of the adsorbents. The ideal media would have high specificity, high mass transfer and binding capacity, low non-specific adsorption and ligand leakage, incompressibility, resistance to alkaline condition for sanitization, chemical stability and cost effectiveness. Current resins offer a compromise, which balances what is achievable in respect of these features giving rise to an array of different solutions. Measurement of these parameters is often complex and agreed standards have yet to be determined. The objective of this study is to further develop understanding of these measurements for the assessment of the matrix performance. This thesis employs a suite of techniques to characterise commercial and prototype adsorbents. The adsorbents that will be looked at are MabSelect (GE Healthcare), MabSelect Xtra (GE Healthcare), Prosep Ultra (Millipore), Protein A immobilised on 4CL Sepharose (GE Heatlhcare) in house and a prototype adsorbent with a Protein A mimic ligand (Millipore). Both down-scaled techniques of fixed bed chromatography, together with supporting analysis of equilibrium and dynamic behaviours are used. The latter will adopt standard and novel ‘wet chemistry’ approaches together with the increasingly adopted techniques of laser scanning confocal microscopy. Experiments are carried out using hIgG to study the static capacity, adsorption equilibrium and dynamic capacity of adsorbents. Other techniques will be used to study the kinetic uptake and desorption rates of adsorbents in different conditions. A novel approach using confocal microscopy is used to further understand the adsorption behaviour of individual beads of different sizes. The main results that were drawn from these techniques are that MabSelect Xtra had the highest static capacity of 61.8mg/ml. It also showed the highest dynamic capacity at 2 mins, 4 mins and 8 mins residence time (0.66cm Omnifit column, bed height 6cm) when compared to other adsorbents. This is mainly due to the more porous nature of the MabSelect Xtra beads, which increased the surface area available for Protein A ligand immobilisation. From the adsorption equilibrium data the Kd values ranged from 181nM to 36nM. Such low values are expected by affinity adsorbents such as these. The uptake rate curves were similar for all the adsorbents. Hence the difference in particle size, pore size, the type of ligand or the material of the adsorbent itself did not have an effect on the uptake rate when carried out in a batch mode. A similar behaviour was shown for the desorption curves. The confocal analysis using a flow cell showed that all the adsorbents showed a shrinking core effect except for the prototype where the hIgG didn’t penetrate into the bead and was only attached to the surface of the bead. It was found that the adsorption rate to the centre of each bead was linear. The different particle sizes within any particular type of matrix and also across different matrix did not result in different diffusion rates. From the adsorption curves produced it was seen that smaller beads reached saturation much faster than larger beads at any given time. This technique can have great benefits in understanding how individual beads of different adsorbents behave in different circumstances.

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:Characterisation of chromatography adsorbents for antibody bioprocessing
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language:English
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Biochemical Engineering

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