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The development of a weak anion micro-capillary film for protein chromatography.

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Kouyoumdjian, AJM 
Lazar, RA 
Slater, NKH 


In this study, the surface of a microporous walled micro-capillary film (MMCF) was modified into a weak anion exchanger by coupling cyanuric chloride and 2-diethylaminoethylamine (DEAE) to the ethylene-vinyl alcohol (EVOH) matrix. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) measurements of modified and unmodified MMCFs confirmed the addition of a triazine ring and DEAE onto the membrane. Binding of bovine serum albumin (BSA) at pH 7.2 was found to follow a Langmuir isotherm with a maximum equilibrium binding of 12.4mg BSA/mL adsorbent and 8.2mg BSA/mL adsorbent under static and flow conditions, respectively. The ion exchange capacity, determined by Mohr's titration of chlorine atoms displaced from the functionalised surface, was found to be 195±21μmol Cl-/mL of adsorber, comparable to commercial ion exchangers. BSA adsorption onto the ion exchanger was strongly pH-dependant, with an observed reduction in binding above pH 8.2. Frontal experiments of a BSA (5mg/mL) and lysozyme (5mg/mL) mixture demonstrated successful separation of BSA from lysozyme at more than 97% purity as verified by sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). Separation between similarly charged anionic molecules was also achieved using BSA (5mg/mL) and herring sperm DNA (0.25mg/mL). BSA was extracted at 100% purity, demonstrating the ability of MMCF-DEAE to remove significant DNA contamination from a protein solution. These experiments highlight the potential for MMCFs to be used for fast protein purification in preparative chromatography application.



Chromatography, DEAE, Membranes, Micro-capillary films, Weak anion-exchange, Adsorption, Anions, Chemistry Techniques, Analytical, Chromatography, Affinity, Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel, Muramidase, Proteins, Serum Albumin, Bovine, Solutions, Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared

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J Chromatogr A

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Elsevier BV