Caprylate as the albumin-selective modifier to improve IgG purification with hydrophobic charge-induction chromatography

Hong-Fei Tong, Dong-Qiang Lin, Dong Gao, Xiao-Ming Yuan, Shan-Jing Yao
Journal of Chromatography. A 2013 April 12, 1285: 88-96
Hydrophobic charge-induction chromatography (HCIC) is a novel downstream bioprocessing technology for antibody purification and it has several advantages over traditional purification processes. However, its separation selectivity still needs to be improved. In this work, sodium caprylate (NaCA) was used as the selective modifier to improve IgG purification from serum albumin containing feedstock with a typical HCIC resin, MEP HyperCel. The effects of NaCA on the adsorption equilibrium of bovine serum immunoglobulin G (IgG) and bovine serum albumin (BSA), as well as the dynamic binding and displacement behaviors were investigated. The binding and elution behaviors of these two proteins in the column were studied. It was found that adding 50-75 mM NaCA in the liquid phase could effectively reduce the adsorption of BSA on the MEP resin, but the same treatment has little influence on the adsorption of IgG. Moreover, the mechanism of the competitive binding between caprylate and MEP ligands on the surface of BSA is discussed. It was found that by controlling NaCA addition in the loading or washing buffer, the process efficiency of IgG purification from BSA containing feedstock can be improved, and the purity of IgG could reach to over 98%. The results indicated that caprylate could be a promising albumin-selective modifier to improve the separation efficiency of antibodies with the HCIC process.

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