Purification of humanized monoclonal antibody by hydrophobic interaction membrane chromatography
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Humanized monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) hold significant promise as biopharmaceuticals. One of the main challenges faced in the purification of mAbs is their separation from bovine serum albumin, which is the main protein present in most mammalian cell culture media. This paper discusses the purification of humanized mAb hIgG1-CD4 from CHO cell culture media by hydrophobic interaction membrane chromatography using a stack of microporous synthetic membranes. The effects of solution conditions on mAb solubility and binding on the membrane were first studied. The separation of a simulated mixture of bovine albumin and the mAb was then carried out to examine the feasibility of mAb purification. Separation experiments carried out under optimized conditions demonstrated that this membrane-based technique could be used for mAb purification from cell culture media. High purity (97%) and recovery (in excess of 97%) were obtained.
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