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  • Improved performance of protein separation by continuous annular chromatography in the size-exclusion mode.

Improved performance of protein separation by continuous annular chromatography in the size-exclusion mode.

Journal of chromatography. A (2001-07-20)
G Iberer, H Schwinn, D Josić, A Jungbauer, A Buchacher
ABSTRACT

In size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), proteins and peptides are separated according to their molecular size in solution. SEC is especially useful as an effective fractionation step to separate a vast amount of impurities from the components of interest and/or as final step for the separation of purified proteins from their aggregates, in a so-called polishing step. However, the throughput in SEC is low compared to other chromatographic processes as good resolution can be achieved only with a limited feed volume (i.e., maximal approximately 5% of the column volume can be loaded). This limitation opposed widespread application of conventional SEC in industry despite its excellent separation potential. Therefore a continuous separation process (namely preparative continuous annular chromatography) was developed and compared to a conventional SEC system both using Superdex 200 prep grade as sorbent. An immunoglobulin G sample with a high content of aggregates was chosen as a model protein solution. The influence of the feed flow-rate, eluent flow-rate and rotation rate on the separation efficiency was investigated. The height equivalent to a theoretical plate was lower for preparative continuous annular chromatography which could be explained by reduced extra column band broadening. The packing quality was proved to be identical for both systems. The productivity of conventional batch SEC was lower compared to continuous SEC, consequently buffer consumption was higher in batch mode.

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Superdex®, Superdex®200 Prep Grade