Bioprocess and Cell Culture

Bioprocess and Cell Culture

Optimization and control of cell culture processes are essential to increase production efficiency of biopharmaceuticals. In the field of cell therapy including regenerative medicines, enhanced control of the culture process is also becoming important to reduce cell variability and improve consistency of mass production of the cells. Comprehensive monitoring of culture supernatant components gives researchers useful information for these purposes. However, process monitoring is often limited to measurement of pH, dissolved gases, and some small compounds such as glucose, glutamine, lactate, and ammonia in culture supernatant.  By harnessing the power of LC-MS/MS analysis, the list of metabolites and basal medium components expands up to 95 relevant compounds that provide a more complete picture of cell culture health.  Adding powerful visualization tools allows a time domain view of changes to the culture that gives you the information to adjust media conditions to maintain optimal production. 

When scaling up new cell lines for production of an expressed product, LCMS-Q-TOF and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry solutions can provide invaluable data to identify metabolites and waste products that could interfere with efficient production.  Whether your goals are identifying cell differentiation states or routine monitoring of an established bioprocess, Shimadzu has innovative solutions to meet your needs. 

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C2MAP - Cell Culture Media Analysis Platform

Cell Culture Media Analysis Platform

The C2MAP™ system measures component changes in a culture supernatant as culturing progresses using LC/MS/MS. This system can be used for a wide range of applications, from basic research of cell cultures including pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells and ES cells), mesenchymal stem cells, and antibody-producing cells, to scaling up of culture volumes and actual process development.

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A Novel Cell Culture Media Analysis Platform for Culture Process Development

A Novel Cell Culture Media Analysis Platform for Culture Process Development

Optimization and control of cell culture processes are essential to increase production efficiency of biopharmaceuticals. In the field of cell therapy including regenerative medicines, enhanced control of the culture process is also becoming important to reduce cell variability and improve consistency of mass production of the cells. Comprehensive monitoring of culture supernatant tcomponents gives researchers useful information for these purposes.  However, current technologies for process monitoring are limited to measurement of pH, dissolving gases, and some small compounds such as glucose, glutamine, lactate, and ammonia in culture supernatant.

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LC/MS/MS Method Package for Cell Culture Profiling Ver.2

LC/MS/MS Method Package for Cell Culture Profiling Ver.2

This Method Package enables the analysis of 125 compounds in under 20 minutes per sample. Performing analysis separately for each compound group such as amino acids and vitamins makes profiling of cell culture components very laborious, but with this method package a large number of culture medium components and secreted metabolites can be analyzed simultaneously. Compared to the previous version, several metabolites derived from amino acids, nucleic acids and the TCA cycle have been added, allowing even more comprehensive profiling information to be gathered.

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Comprehensive Cell Culture Profiling Using the LCMS-9030 Quadrupole TOF Mass Spectrometer

Comprehensive Cell Culture Profiling Using the LCMS-9030 Quadrupole TOF Mass Spectrometer

Application News No. C106A introduced an example of the monitoring of changes in culture supernatant components in accordance with the hybridoma cultivation process, using a high-performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC) coupled with a triple quadrupole (TQ) mass spectrometer (MS) and a cell culture profiling method package. This Application News introduces an example of the monitoring of changes in culture supernatant components in accordance with the iPS cellular cultivation process using a HPLC coupled with a quadrupole time-of-flight (Q-TOF) MS. Changes in the components in a culture supernatant can be monitored comprehensively using a combination of targeted SIM and non-targeted full scan analysis via a LC-Q-TOF-MS.

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Evaluation of Undifferentiated State of Human iPS CellsUsing C2MAP™ Cell Culture Media Analysis Platform

Evaluation of Undifferentiated State of Human iPS CellsUsing C2MAP™ Cell Culture Media Analysis Platform

Development of technologies for the preparation and supply of iPS cells with high quality and a large amount is an essential requirement for commercialization of regenerative medicine. Conventionally, manual techniques such as Gene Expression analysis had been used to evaluate the status of cell differentiation, but because these are invasive techniques that cause cell disruption, they were generally applied as evaluation methods after culturing was completed. We developed the C2MAP cell culture media analysis platform using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) with the aim of establishing a non-invasive cell status evaluation method based on component analysis of the cell culture supernatant.

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Simple Evaluation of Cultured Cells: Evaluation of Differentiation State of iPS Cells Using Benchtop MALDI-TOF MS

Simple Evaluation of Cultured Cells: Evaluation of Differentiation State of iPS Cells Using Benchtop MALDI-TOF MS

The growth condition and differentiation state (differentiated or undifferentiated) of cultured cells are important evaluation items in regenerative medicine and basic research. If these cell evaluations can be conducted in a simple manner by mass spectrometry, evaluation time and complicated work can be significantly reduced. Therefore, in order to examine the possibility of determining the state of cells by mass spectrometry, we conducted an automatic analysis of iPS cells and their culture media by AuraSolution™ using the Shimadzu MALDI-8020 benchtop linear MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer, and attempted a preliminary analysis by the statistical analysis software eMSTAT Solution™. The results are reported in this article.

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