Fast and high-resolution purification of a PEGylated protein using a z2 laterally-fed membrane chromatography device
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PEGylated proteins comprise a class of value-added biopharmaceuticals. High-resolution separation techniques are required for the purification of these molecules. In this study, we discuss the application of a newly developed z2 laterally-fed membrane chromatography (or z2LFMC) device for carrying out high-resolution purification of a PEGylated protein drug. The device used in the current study contained a stack of anion exchange (Q) membranes. The membrane bed-height of this z2LFMC device being small, it could be operated at very high flow rates, at relatively low back pressures. The primary goal was to speedily and efficiently separate a mono-PEGylated protein from impurities present in the PEGylation reaction mixture. A resin-based anion exchange column having the same ligand and bed-volume was used as the control device. The purification performance of the z2LFMC device and the control column were compared terms of resolution, recovery and purity. The z2LFMC device outperformed the control column in terms of every metric compared in this study. Higher purity (85.4% as opposed to 77.9%) and higher recovery (28% greater) of the target mono-PEGylated protein were obtained using the z2LFMC device at 20-time higher speed. These results clearly demonstrate that the z2LFMC device could be a faster and more efficient alternative to resin-based columns for purification of biopharmaceuticals.
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