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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
- Plant cell culture
- Two-phase culture