Purification of minicircles by combined enzymatic modification of miniplasmid topology and multimodal chromatography

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March 5-10, 2017


Minicircle (MC) DNA vectors are able to generate a high-level transgene expression in vivo, which is superior to the one afforded by conventional plasmids. MC vectors are produced by replicating a parental plasmid (PP) and promoting its recombination in Escherichia coli. This generates a MC with the expression cassette, and a miniplasmid (MP) with the replication segment. Unfortunately, wider use of MC vectors is hampered by difficulties in isolating the target MCs from their MP counterpart. In this proof-of-concept study, a reproducible process is described to improve the purification of supercoiled (sc) MCs that combines an in vitro enzymatic relaxation of sc MP impurities with topoisomer separation and RNA clearance by multimodal chromatography.

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