Lablog4-60:Characterization of a macroporous epoxy-polymer based resin for the ion-exchange chromatography of therapeutic proteins

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Haingomaholy Michelle Rakotondravao, Norio Ishizuka, Keita Sakakibara, Ryota Wada, Emi Ichihashi, Ryosuke Takahashi, Takatomo Takai, Jun-Ichi Horiuchi, Yoichi Kumada

First author

Haingomaholy Michelle Rakotondravao

Corresponding author

Yoichi Kumada

Publication Style

Journal name Journal of chromatography A


Volume, issue, pages

1656 462503-462503


This study investigated the adsorption capacity and mass transfer properties of a novel macroporous epoxy-polymer-based anion-exchanger, MPR Q, for the efficient separation of therapeutic proteins. MPR Q resin was prepared by phase separation based on spinodal decomposition followed by dextran grafting and ligand conjugation. Under static conditions, MPR Q exhibited a binding capacity of 49.8 mg-IgG/cm3-resin at pH 10, whereas the fastest adsorption was observed among the anion-exchanger resins tested. Inverse size-exclusion chromatography (iSEC) experiments revealed that the apparent pore diameter of MPR Q was approximately 90 nm, which was sufficiently large for the penetration of human IgG and bovine IgM. Moreover, the reduced height equivalent to a theoretical plate, h, of human IgG, determined using the linear gradient elution method was 65.8 and was not significantly changed in the range of linear velocities from 20.37 to 50.93 cm/min. The dynamic binding capacity at 10% breakthrough of MPR Q, determined by frontal analysis, exhibited a capacity of 43.8 mg/cm3 at 5.09 cm/min and 58% of DBC10% was maintained even though the linear velocity was increased to 50.93 cm/min. Furthermore, a resolution for separation of IgG and BSA by MPR Q was 1.06 at 5.09 cm/min, while it was higher than that for the conventional resin at all linear velocities from 5.09 cm/min to 50.93 cm/min. Thus, it was suggested that the MPR Q developed in this study is a promising resin that can efficiently separate large biomacromolecules such as human IgG at higher velocities.