10 Sep Microfluidic scale-down bioreactor for informed large-scale production
Scale-down reactors are essential for generating data on small scale and applying the observed improvement to larger and industrial scales. Microfluidic devices can be of great use in this sense. The reaction conditions could be carefully monitored while the volume of the reaction is scaled down to a few microliters to find the optimal reaction conditions. In this recent paper published in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, researchers microfabricated a microfluidic chip as a proof of concept for monitoring the growth of Corynebacterium glutamicum at oscillating pH values.
“Traditionally, scale-down systems at the laboratory scale are used to analyze the effects of fluctuating pH values on strains and thus process performance. Here, we demonstrate the application of dynamic microfluidic single-cell cultivation (dMSCC) as a novel scale-down system for the characterization of Corynebacterium glutamicum growth using oscillating pH conditions as a model stress factor. “, the authors explained.
“A systematic pH oscillation study was performed with varying relative oscillation ratios, total interval durations, and different pH oscillation amplitudes. The results showed a significant effect of the different pH oscillations on the growth rate of C. glutamicum. The experiments were used to demonstrate that the presented microfluidic system can be used in the future as a scale-down tool and to show which information can be obtained by these systems compared to two-CR systems.“, the authors explained.
The figures and the abstract are reproduced from , , , , & (2022). Microfluidic single-cell scale-down bioreactors: A proof-of-concept for the growth of Corynebacterium glutamicum at oscillating values. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 1– 16. https://doi.org/10.1002/bit.28208 under Attribution 4.0 international (CC BY 4.0) licences.
Read the original article: Microfluidic single-cell scale-down bioreactors: A proof-of-concept for the growth of Corynebacterium glutamicum at oscillating pH values Sarah Täuber,Luisa Blöbaum,Valentin Steier,Marco Oldiges,Alexander Grünberger