Fast cation-exchange separation of proteins in a plastic microcapillary disc

N. J. Darton, N. M. Reis, M. R. Mackley, N. K. H. Slater

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A novel disposable adsorbent material for fast cation-exchange separation of proteins was developed based on plastic microcapillary films (MCFs). A MCF containing 19 parallel microcapillaries, each with a mean internal diameter of 142 μm, was prepared using a melt extrusion process from an ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH). The MCF was surface functionalised to produce a cation-exchange adsorbent (herein referred as MCF-EVOH-SP). The dynamic binding capacity of the new MCF-EVOH-SP material was experimentally determined by frontal analysis using pure protein solutions in a standard liquid chromatography instrument for a range of superficial flow velocities, uLS = 5.5–27.7 cm s−1. The mean dynamic binding capacity for hen-egg lysozyme was found to be approximately 100 μg for a 5 m length film, giving a ligand binding density of 413 ng cm−2. The dynamic binding capacity did not vary significantly over the range of uLS tested. The application of this novel material to subtractive chromatography was demonstrated for anionic BSA and cationic lysozyme at pH 7.2. The chromatographic separation of two cationic proteins, lysozyme and cytochrome-c, was also performed with a view to applying this technology to the analysis or purification of proteins. Future applications might include separation based on anion exchange and other modes of adsorption.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1409-1415
JournalJournal of Chromatography A
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011


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