On-line control of glucose feeding in an Escherichia coli fed-batch cultivation expressing a recombinant protein.
Soft sensors have been suggested as potent tools for on-line estimations of critical bioprocess variables to be able to control the biological process in an as high extent as possible. The formation of inhibitory by-products in the form of organic acids, caused by an overflow of glucose, is a problem in most bioprocesses expressing recombinant proteins.
In this project a new method of controlling the glucose feeding in an Escherichia coli fed-batch cultivation expressing the green fluorescent protein (GFP) was investigated. The new controller system implemented in the software controlled the feed rate based on on-line HPLC measurements of the concentration of organic acids.
The results showed that the controller managed to down-regulate the inhibitory organic acids to a low level as it tried to keep the glucose uptake rate at an optimum for maximum cell growth. The results suggested that the controller could be a powerful tool to create a more secure reproducibility and to generate high product yields in recombinant protein productions.
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