Exploring the separation power of mixed‐modal resins for purification of recombinant osteopontin from clarified Escherichia coli lysates Academic Article uri icon


  • Osteopontin (OPN) is a structural protein with potential value in therapeutic and diagnostic applications. Low titer, acidic isoelectric point, and the lack of well-defined secondary and tertiary structure were some of the challenges that complicated purification development of OPN from recombinant Escherichia coli lysates. Reported processes for OPN recovery from recombinant sources use nonorthogonal unit operations and often suffer from low yield. In this work, we expanded the search for an optimal OPN purification method by including mixed-modal resins with both ionic and hydrophobic properties (Capto adhere, HEA HyperCel, and PPA HyperCel). Plate-based high-throughput screening (HTS) platform revealed useful information about the interactions between the three different ligands and OPN as function of pH and ionic strength. The HTS data allowed the selection of OPN adsorption and elution conditions that were tested and optimized in a batch mode. In terms of purification factor and yield, HEA HyperCel performed significantly better than the other two mixed-modal resins. Pairing HEA HyperCel with a strong anion exchange step (Capto Q) resulted in a two-step purification process that achieved 45-fold purification of OPN with a final purity of 95% and 44% overall yield. The orthogonality provided by mixed-modal and ion exchange steps resulted in higher yield in fewer unit operations than reported processes. © 2018 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Biotechnol. Prog., 35: e2722, 2019.

author list (cited authors)

  • Guo, S., Ravi, A., Mayfield, S., & Nikolov, Z. L.

citation count

  • 2

publication date

  • October 2018