Benchmarking of commercially available CHO cell culture media for antibody production

Reinhart D1 Damjanovic L, Kaisermayer C, Kunert R
Source: BMC Proc.Int J Mol Cell Med.
Publication Date: (2013)
Issue: (suppl 6): P13
Research Area:
Basic Research
Culture Media:
A good comparison of competitor medias. This paper using the following medias: CD CHO, CD OptiCHO™, CD FortiCHO™ (all Life Technologies), Ex-Cell™ CD CHO (Sigma Aldrich), ProCHO™5 (Lonza), BalanCD™ CHO Growth A (Irvine Scientific), Cellvento™ CHO-100 (EMD Millipore), and ActiCHO™ P (GE Healthcare). By using this media it compares cell growth, how long the culture can live and the recombinant antibody concentrations
In this study, eight commercially available, chemically defined Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell culture media from different vendors were evaluated in batch culture using an IgG-producing CHO DG44 cell line as a model. Medium adaptation revealed that the occurrence of even small aggregates might be a good indicator of cell growth performance in subsequent high cell density cultures. Batch experiments confirmed that the culture medium has a significant impact on bioprocess performance, but high amino acid concentrations alone were not sufficient to ensure superior cell growth and high antibody production. However, some key amino acids that were limiting in most media could be identified. Unbalanced glucose and amino acids led to high cell-specific lactate and ammonium production rates. In some media, persistently high glucose concentrations probably induced the suppression of respiration and oxidative phosphorylation, known as Crabtree effect, which resulted in high cell-specific glycolysis rates along with a continuous and high lactate production. In additional experiments, two of the eight basal media were supplemented with feeds from two different manufacturers in six combinations, in order to understand the combined impact of media and feeds on cell metabolism in a CHO fed-batch process. Cell growth, nutrient consumption and metabolite production rates, antibody production, and IgG quality were evaluated in detail. Concentrated feed supplements boosted cell concentrations almost threefold and antibody titers up to sevenfold. Depending on the fed-batch strategy, fourfold higher peak cell concentrations and eightfold increased IgG titers (up to 5.8 g/L) were achieved. The glycolytic flux was remarkably similar among the fed-batches; however, substantially different specific lactate production rates were observed in the different media and feed combinations. Further analysis revealed that in addition to the feed additives, the basal medium can make a considerable contribution to the ammonium metabolism of the cells. The glycosylation of the recombinant antibody was influenced by the selection of basal medium and feeds. Differences of up to 50 % in the monogalacto-fucosylated (G1F) and high mannose fraction of the IgG were observed