Bubble-induced detachment of affinity-adsorbed erythrocytes

Suzanne Barkley, Harvey Johnson, Robert Eisenthal, John Hubble

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It is desirable that cells adsorbed in affinity-sepn. processes be easily recovered from the adsorption surface, without excessive diln., once contaminants have been removed. The present study investigates the use of gas-bubble-induced shear stress for the recovery of affinity-adsorbed human erythrocytes. This method has previously been demonstrated to be effective with yeast cells, where it allows cells to be attached, washed and detached under isocratic conditions. Con A (Con A), used as the binding agent, was attached to the inside of nylon tubes. Whole blood soln., dild. to an erythrocyte concn. of 1*108.ml-1 with PBS, was incubated with the Con A-nylon surface and then washed with PBS prior to elution. To effect elution, air bubbles of known vol. were introduced to the buffer feed to the tubes and the effects of bubble size, bubble vol. and bubble velocity on detachment being detd. The results obtained showed that the most significant parameter was bubble no., with up to 90% of attached cells being recovered using a five-bubble sequence. Microscopic examn. showed no evidence of mech. damage to the detached cells. [on SciFinder (R)]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-149
Number of pages5
JournalBiotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Flow
  • Blood products
  • Human
  • unclassified)
  • Air
  • affinity adsorbed erythrocyte bubble detachment blood product
  • Adhesion
  • Affinity
  • Blood
  • Polyamides Role
  • USES (Uses) (bubble-induced detachment of affinity-adsorbed erythrocytes)
  • Adsorption
  • Erythrocyte
  • Shear stress (bubble-induced detachment of affinity-adsorbed erythrocytes)
  • Bubbles
  • NUU (Other use


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