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Satzer, P; Burgstaller, D; Krepper, W; Jungbauer, A.
(2020): Fractal dimension of antibody-PEG precipitate: Light microscopy for the reconstruction of 3D precipitate structures
ENG LIFE SCI. 2020; 20(3-4): 67-78. FullText FullText_BOKU

Protein and in particular antibody precipitation by PEG is a cost-effective alternative for the first capture step. The 3D structure of precipitates has a large impact on the process parameters for the recovery and dissolution, but current technologies for determination of precipitate structures are either very time consuming (cryo-TEM) or only generate an average fractal dimension (light scattering). We developed a light microscopy based reconstruction of 3D structures of individual particles with a resolution of 0.1-0.2 mu m and used this method to characterize particle populations generated by batch as well as continuous precipitation in different shear stress environments. The resulting precipitate structures show a broad distribution in terms of fractal dimension. While the average fractal dimension is significantly different for batch and continuous precipitation, the distribution is broad and samples overlap significantly. The precipitate flocs were monofractal from micro- to nanoscale showing a random but consistent nature of precipitate formation. We showed that the fractal dimension and 3D reconstruction is a valuable tool for characterization of protein precipitate processes. The current switch from batch to continuous manufacturing has to take the 3D structure and population of different protein precipitates into account in their design, engineering, and scale up.
Authors BOKU Wien:
Burgstaller Daniel
Jungbauer Alois
Krepper Walpurga
Satzer Peter

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