Gene-expression-based quality scores indicate optimal harvest point in Bordetella pertussis cultivation for vaccine production

B. van de Waterbeemd, M. Streefland, J. Pennings, L.A. van der Pol, E.C. Beuvery, J. Tramper, D.E. Martens

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Abstract

The evolution of vaccine product quality during batch cultivation of Bordetella pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough, was investigated with the goal to determine the optimal harvest point. The process was explored by measuring mRNA expression at frequent intervals during cultivation. The genes that are involved in virulence are already known for this product and changes in their expression levels are proposed to be indicative for product quality. A quantitative product quality score is calculated based on the expression levels of these virulence genes, which allows comparison of expected product quality between culture samples. Product quality scores were maximal throughout the logarithmic growth phase, but dropped significantly at the start of the stationary phase. This showed that the decreasing lactate and glutamate concentrations towards the end of the batch are critical for product quality. On-line measurement of these nutrients allows the cultivation process to be harvested at the optimal harvest point, increasing process robustness and consistency
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900-908
JournalBiotechnology and Bioengineering
Volume103
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • near-infrared spectroscopy
  • escherichia-coli
  • culture
  • transcriptome
  • complex
  • design
  • growth
  • pat

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