Rapid and efficient purification of ficolin-2 using a disposable CELLine bioreactor

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  • © 2015 Elsevier B.V. The human opsonin ficolin-2 (L-ficolin) is an innate pattern-recognizing molecule that binds to acetylated moieties. Upon binding, ficolin-2 activates complement through the lectin pathway, opsonizing the target to promote phagocytic clearance. Ficolin-2 has been found to interact with a growing number of pathogenic bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Ficolin-2 also has proposed roles in host homeostasis, including the clearance of apoptotic cells. Consequently, there is an increased interest in studying ficolin-2, and access to purified ficolin-2 is necessary for these studies. Ficolin-2 purified from serum, plasma, or cell culture supernatants has been a useful tool in the characterization of ficolin-2 function; however, available protocols are laborious and inefficient, requiring additional processing of starting materials (e.g., polyethylene glycol precipitation or dialysis) and multiple steps of purification. Here, we investigated a simple solution to the problem: use of a simple, disposable bioreactor requiring only standard tissue culture equipment. Using this system, we generated cell culture supernatants containing high concentrations of recombinant ficolin-2, which permitted rapid purification of high-purity recombinant ficolin-2 without processing the supernatants. Purified recombinant ficolin-2 retained its binding capacity and supported complement activation in vitro. Bioreactor cultivation will likely be generally useful in the production of other recombinant proteins in the study of the complement system.
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  • Geno KA; Spencer BL; Nahm MH
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  • 106
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  • 110
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  • 424