Potential of Aqueous Two-Phase Systems constructed on flexible devices: Human serum albumin as proof of concept
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In the present research, the potential use of flexible disposable devices, specifically blood bags, for the fractionation of biological products using Aqueous Two-Phase Systems (ATPS) polymer-salt is studied and demonstrated. Purified human serum albumin (HSA) was used as model protein. Experiments were carried out on ATPS polyethylene glycol (PEG)-potassium phosphate constructed on rigid recipients (conical tubes) and flexible devices (blood bags). The device used for ATPS construction had no significant effect on HSA partition behavior. Protein partition towards the top phase was favored on systems constructed using PEG 1000. g/mol and TLL 45% (w/w), achieving up to 85% recovery. On the other hand a recovery of 92% was achieved at the bottom phase when PEG 3350. g/mol and TLL 25% (w/w) were used. Human serum was used as a complex sample on ATPS experiments. Selective fractionation of human serum proteins on ATPS constructed on flexible devices was achieved. ATPS constructed on blood bags required short equilibrium times (< 6. min), meaning it is feasible to use this approach on mass scale. The potential use of flexible disposable devices, for the fractionation of biological products using ATPS polymer-salt was demonstrated. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.