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Recombinant protein production by the baculovirus-insect cell system in Basal media without serum supplementation.

Cytotechnology (2008-11-13)
Norikatsu Nishikawa, Hideki Yamaji, Hideki Fukuda
ABSTRACT

The production of beta-galactosidase by Sf9 cells infected with recombinant Autographa californica nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcNPV) was investigated in shake-flask culture using two serum-free basal media: Grace's medium and TNM-FH (Grace's medium supplemented with lactalbumin hydrolysate and yeast extract). At the time of infection, cells grown in serum-supplemented TNM-FH were transferred into fresh basal media without adaptation. The absence of serum depressed the beta-galactosidase yield considerably in Grace's medium, but to a much lesser extent in TNM-FH, where it reached around 2/3 of the level obtained in TNM-FH supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS). While both lactalbumin hydrolysate and yeast extract promoted beta-galactosidase production, their removal by medium replacement on post-infection day 1 gave a beta-galactosidase yield nearly equal to that obtained in their continuous presence. Supplementation of basal media with phosphatidic acid (PA) from egg yolk lecithin, which has been shown to enhance cell growth and recombinant protein production in serum-free culture of Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells, was also effective in increasing beta-galactosidase yield. Elevating the multiplicity of infection (MOI) from 2 to 10 plaque-forming units per cell (pfu/cell) also resulted in an increase in product yield. These results provide information important to the development of cost-effective serum-free culture technology for use in large-scale production of recombinant proteins by the baculovirus-insect cell system.

MATERIALS
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SAFC
EX-CELL® 420 Serum-Free Medium for Insect Cells, Protein-free, without L-glutamine, liquid, sterile-filtered, suitable for insect cell culture
SAFC
EX-CELL® 420 Serum-Free Medium for Insect Cells, with L-glutamine, without sodium bicarbonate, dry powder, suitable for insect cell culture
SAFC
EX-CELL® 420 Serum-Free Medium for Insect Cells, with L-glutamine, sterile-filtered, suitable for insect cell culture