Single-Use Capture Purification of Adeno-Associated Viral Gene Transfer Vectors by Membrane-Based Steric Exclusion Chromatography

Hum Gene Ther. 2021 Sep;32(17-18):959-974. doi: 10.1089/hum.2019.284. Epub 2021 Mar 30.


We present membrane-based steric exclusion chromatography (SXC) as a universal capture step for purification of adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene transfer vectors independent of their serotype and surface characteristics. SXC is performed by mixing an unpurified cell culture supernatant containing AAV particles with polyethylene glycol (PEG) and feeding the mixture onto a chromatography filter unit. The purified AAV particles are recovered by flushing the unit with a solution lacking PEG. SXC is an inexpensive single-use method that permits to concentrate, purify, and re-buffer AAV particles with yields >95% and >80% impurity clearance. SXC could theoretically be employed at industrial scales with units of nearly 20 m2.

Keywords: AAV; downstream processing; membrane chromatography; polyethylene glycol; regenerated cellulose; virus purification.