Differential effect of culture temperature and specific growth rate on CHO cell behavior in chemostat culture

Mauricio Vergara, Silvana Becerra, Julio Berrios, Nelson Osses, Juan Reyes, María Rodríguez-Moyá, Ramon Gonzalez, Claudia Altamirano

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Mild hypothermia condition in mammalian cell culture technology has been one of the main focuses of research for the development of breeding strategies to maximize productivity of these production systems. Despite the large number of studies that show positive effects of mild hypothermia on specific productivity of r-proteins, no experimental approach has addressed the indirect effect of lower temperatures on specific cell growth rate, nor how this condition possibly affects less specific productivity of r-proteins. To separately analyze the effects of mild hypothermia and specific growth rate on CHO cell metabolism and recombinant human tissue plasminogen activator productivity as a model system, high dilution rate (0.017 h-1) and low dilution rate (0.012 h-1) at two cultivation temperatures (37 and 33°C) were evaluated using chemostat culture. The results showed a positive effect on the specific productivity of r-protein with decreasing specific growth rate at 33°C. Differential effect was achieved by mild hypothermia on the specific productivity of r-protein, contrary to the evidence reported in batch culture. Interestingly, reduction of metabolism could not be associated with a decrease in culture temperature, but rather with a decrease in specific growth rate.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere93865
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number4
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2014


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