Serogroup C polysaccharide from Neisseria meningitidis (PS) constitutes the antigen for the respective vaccine
production. In order to investigate the enhancement of the final PS concentration (Pf), as well as the overall yield factor
(PS/biomass) (YP/X), 13 total cultivations distributed in 6 series (from A to F) were carried out in Frantz medium (40 L
plus inoculum) in a 80L bioreactor at 35oC, 0.4 atm, 120 rpm, airflow rate of 5 L/min and KLa = 4.2 h-1. The series (A-F)
correspond to different experimental conditions as follows: A) without pH and dissolved O2 controls; B) pH control at 6.5;
C) pH control at 6.5 and glucose pulse at the 10th hour; D) dissolved O2 control at 10% saturation value; E) pH control at
7.4; F) dissolved O2 limitation (set rotation at 55 rpm). Concentrations of dry biomass, PS, cellular nitrogen, residual glucose,
organic and inorganic nitrogen in the medium were measured. The best results were represented by series A (averages
of Pf = 0.15 g/L and YP/X = 107 mg/g). The presented findings could be useful for a proper Frantz medium
reformulation in order to obtain a greater amount of PS and improve the vaccine development in industrial scale-up production.
Keywords: Neisseria meningitidis, vaccine, polysaccharide, batch, fed-batch, kinetics.
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