Development of a microfluidic platform for R-phycoerythrin purification using an aqueous micellar two-phase system
Seručnik, Mojca (Author), Vicente, Filipa A. (Author), Brečko, Živa (Author), Coutinho, João A. P. (Author), Ventura, Sónia P. M. (Author), Žnidaršič Plazl, Polona (Author)

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Temperature-dependent aqueous micellar two-phase systems (AMTPSs) have recently been gaining attention in the isolation of high-added-value biomolecules from their natural sources. Despite their sustainability, aqueous two-phase systems, and particularly AMTPSs, have not been extensively applied in the industry, which might be changed by applying process integration and continuous manufacturing. Here, we report for the first time on an integrated microfluidic platform for fast and low-materialconsuming development of continuous protein purification using an AMTPS. A system comprised of a microchannel incubated at high temperature, enabling instantaneous triggering of a two-phase system formation, and a microsettler, allowing complete phase separation at the outlets, is reported here. The separation of phycobiliproteins and particularly the purification of R-phycoerythrin from the contaminant proteins present in the aqueous crude extract obtained from fresh cells of Gracilaria gracilis were thereby achieved. The results from the developed microfluidic system revealed that the fractionation performance was maintained while reducing the processing time more than 20-fold when compared with the conventional lab-scale batch process. Furthermore, the integration of a miniaturized ultrafiltration module resulted in the complete removal of the surfactant from the bottom phase containing R-phycoerythrin, as well as in nearly twofold target protein concentration. The process setup successfully exploits the benefits of process intensification along with the integration of various downstream processes. Further transfer to a meso-scale integrated system would make such a system appropriate for the separation and purification of biomolecules with high commercial interest.

Keywords:purification, algae, microfluidics, ultrafiltration, protein purification, protein separation, process intensification, aqueous micellar two-phase systems
Work type:Article (dk_c)
Tipology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FKKT - Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Number of pages:Str. 17097-17105
Numbering:Vol. 8, iss. 46
ISSN on article:2168-0485
DOI:10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c05042 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:37812995 This link opens in a new window
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Title:ACS sustainable chemistry & engineering
Shortened title:ACS sustain. chem. & eng.
Publisher:American Chemical Society
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Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije (ARRS)
Project no.:P2-0191
Name:Kemijsko inženirstvo

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije (ARRS)
Project no.:N2-0067
Name:Večstopenjska sinteza z MIO-encimi v kontinuirnem mikroreaktorskem sistemu

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije (ARRS)
Project no.:J4-1775
Name:Razvoj mikropretočnih sistemov za analizo, izbor in uporabo bakterijskih celic

Funder:EC - European Commission
Funding Programme:H2020
Project no.:811040
Name:Chair Of Micro Process Engineering and TEchnology

Funder:Drugi - Drug financer ali več financerjev
Funding Programme:CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials
Project no.:UIDB/50011/2020

Funder:Drugi - Drug financer ali več financerjev
Funding Programme:CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials
Project no.:UIDP/50011/2020

Funder:Drugi - Drug financer ali več financerjev
Funding Programme:FEDER
Project no.:PT2020 Partnership Agreement

Funder:Drugi - Drug financer ali več financerjev
Funding Programme:FCT
Project no.:IF/00402/2015


License:CC BY 4.0, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
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Licensing start date:17.12.2020

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Keywords:čiščenje, alge, mikrofluidika, ultrafiltracija, ločevanje proteinov, proteini, bioprocesi, vodni micelarni dvo-fazni sistemi

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