Automated alkaline lysis for industrial scale cGMP production of pharmaceutical grade plasmid-DNA
Plasmid DNA for biopharmaceutical applications is mainly produced in E. coli cells. The first and most crucial step for recovering the plasmid is the cell lysis. Governed by the physico-chemical properties of the polynucleotide, alkaline lysis has been the lysis-method of choice. This chemical disintegration technique was initially developed for the lab scale and non-pharmaceutical applications. A continuous, fully automated and closed system combining alkaline lysis, neutralization and clarification in one gentle and generic operation was developed. This system consists of a three units. One unit controls mixing and contact time during the alkaline treatment, another one controls the neutralization and the concurrent formation of flocs and a third one the separation of flocs and pDNA containing lysate. Based on optimization experiments the selected process parameters resulted in yields up to 100% and homogeneities comparable to that obtained by gentle manual lysis. The process does not need enzymes and it is scalable and routinely used for cGMP-production of pharmaceutical grade plasmid DNA from 200 L fermentations.
Journal: Journal of Biotechnology - Volume 128, Issue 1, 30 January 2007, Pages 132–149