Taxol partitioning in two-phase plant cell cultures of Taxus brevifolia

M. Collins-Pavao, C. K. Chin, H. Pedersen

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An accumulation phase for taxanes was evaluated for its effect on growth and production kinetics in Taxus brevifolia cell cultures. The second phase, tricaprylin, is an eight-carbon triglyceride that favorably partitions taxol secreted into the medium. Cell growth was generally unaffected by the presence of tricaprylin and a moderate increase in taxol synthesis over a 4-week period was observed. Adjustments of the medium pH can be used to obtain significantly higher partitioning (at higher pH), but this adversely affects the cell productivity with a net loss in taxol production for pH values greater than 7.5. Nevertheless, in situ liquid partitioning provides a clean reservoir for taxane separation in otherwise normal cell culture that can also be easily sampled and replaced during a semi-batch or continuous culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biotechnology
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Aug 20 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


  • Plant cell culture
  • Taxol
  • Two-phase culture

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