A weak acid cation exchange fiber used for large-scale antibody purification was prepared by radiation-induced graft polymerization of acrylic acid (AA) onto a commercially available nylon-6 fiber. The AA-grafted fiber was post-treated by conditioning in NaOH aqueous solution at 298 K followed by immersion in water at 353 K to increase the protein binding capacity of the cation exchange fiber. A 2 g/L lysozyme solution buffered at pH 6.0 flowed through a column charged with a treated or untreated AA-grafted fiber at a space velocity of 20 h −1 . The 10% dynamic binding capacity of the column charged with the former fiber of 200 mg/mL-column was 5.9-fold that of the column charged with the latter fiber, and 2.3-fold that (88 mg/mL-column) of a column charged with CM Sepharose™ Fast Flow (GE Healthcare).
- Acrylic-acid-grafted fiber
- Conditioning with alkaline solution
- Immersion in hot water
- Protein-binding capacity
- Radiation-induced graft polymerization
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