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Characterization of Chinese hamster ovary cell culture feed media precipitate
Biotechnology Progress  (IF2.681),  Pub Date : 2021-06-24, DOI: 10.1002/btpr.3188
Duc Hoang, Shaun Galbraith, Bingyu Kuang, Amy Johnson, Seongkyu Yoon

Process intensification of monoclonal antibody production is leading to more concentrated feed media causing issues with precipitation of solids from the media solution. This results in processing problems since components in the precipitate are no longer in solution, changing the media composition and leading to variability in cell culture performance. The goal of this work is to characterize the feed media precipitate, and in particular to identify the precipitated components so that mitigation strategies can be developed. From the conducted analysis, the precipitate was predominately found to be organic and was analyzed with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) to identify the constituent components. Up to ten amino acids were identified with tyrosine (approximately 77 wt.%) and phenylalanine (approximately 4 wt.%) being the most prevalent amino acids. Elemental analysis with ICP-OES revealed that inorganic components were accounted for less than one weight percentage of the solid precipitate with metal sulfates being the predominant inorganic components.