Effect of low inoculation density in the scale-up of insect cell cultures

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The scale-up of insect cell cultures and the production of baculovirus with these cultures is dependent on the inoculation density applied. The effect of applying a low inoculation on the specific growth rate and on the duration of the lag phase was tested. Three different cell lines, HzAm1, Ha2302, and Sf21 were tested in a total of five cell line/medium combinations. Growth in suspension culture was examined, and data obtained were fitted with the Gompertz equation. A significant decline in specific growth rate with decreasing inoculation density was observed in all cell line/medium combinations, except for HzAm1. No critical inoculation density, below which no growth would occur, was found. In suspension culture in shake flasks, an inoculation density of 5 x 104 cells/mL is achievable, without severely influencing the overall growth rate. A lower inoculation density in suspension culture results in less steps in the scale-up process and might be a tool in bypassing the viral passage effect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)795-799
JournalBiotechnology Progress
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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