Bioprocesses operated in batch mode can induce adverse effects like overflow metabolism, substrate inhibition, osmotic inhibition, oxygen limitation and catabolite repression. To avoid these adverse effects, fed-batch is the predominant operation mode in industrial production. Nevertheless, screening for optimal production strains are usually performed in microtiter plates and shake flasks operated in batch mode without any online monitoring. Recently, a polymer-based controlled-release fed-batch microtiter plate with stable glucose release characteristics was described. In this work, a glucose-containing polymer matrix was used to manufacture polymer rings that were placed at the bottom of a 48-well microtiter plate. Thereby, the liquid content of the well became accessible for optical measurement by the BioLector device. Reflections caused by the polymer ring were minimized by adjusting the scattered light measurement position. Influences on the measurement of the dissolved oxygen tension and pH could be avoided by choosing appropriate polymer ring geometries. These adjustments enabled parallel online measurement of scattered light, fluorescence, dissolved oxygen tension and pH of E. coli BL21 (DE3) fed-batch cultivations. The online monitoring and fed-batch operation capabilities of the fed-batch microtiter plate presented in this work finds optimal application in screenings and initial process development. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Authors: Tobias Habicher, Vroni Czotscher, Tobias Klein, Andreas Daub, Timm Keil, Jochen Büchs
Journal: Biotechnology Bioengineering
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