Conference Dates

June 12 – 17, 2022


The Receptor Binding Domain (RBD)of the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 has shown promise for diagnosis, treatment, and development of vaccines for COVID-19. However, two problems persist with large scale production of RBD: 1) lack of high productivity upstream cell culture, 2) absence of a commercial, highly selective affinity resin. In an effort to overcome these limitations, we evaluated two novel technologies for the production and purification of RBD.

Briefly, RBD was expressed using C1, an engineered fungal strain of Thermothelomyces heterothallica (DyadicInternational1). The C1 platform expresses glycosylated antigens with high productivity, stability, and purity. RBD was purified using a novel affinity resin2 known to produce yields of 90% to 95% purity in one chromatography step. Affinity purification did not affect protein quality, as demonstrated by ACE-2 binding of RBD. The novel affinity resin showed excellent base stability, consistent product quality, and similar ACE-2 binding activity over 40 cycles.

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