A simple and efficient method for purification of infectious recombinant adenovirus

Jpn J Med Sci Biol. 1994 Jun;47(3):157-66. doi: 10.7883/yoken1952.47.157.


Recently, the adenovirus expression vector attracts much attention for the application to gene therapy and the method to purify and concentrate adenovirus without loss of infectivity has become very important, especially for animal experiments and gene therapy of humans. In this report, we show a simple and efficient method for purifying infectious adenovirus. The method consists of sequential centrifugation in CsCl step gradients without loss of infectivity and can be completed in one day. The method maintained the viral infectivity after 10-fold concentration and seemed to remove more than 99.9% of carried-over proteins. We showed also that the buffers for dialyzing the purified virions influenced the stability of infectivity. The buffers of 10 mM HEPES-1 mM EDTA-10% glycerol and PBS(-)-10% glycerol resulted in higher stability than did 10 mM HEPES-1 mM MgCl2-10% glycerol. The method is may be useful in many applications of recombinant adenovirus.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenoviridae / isolation & purification*
  • Adenoviridae / pathogenicity
  • Culture Media / chemistry
  • Recombination, Genetic
  • Virology / methods*
  • Virulence


  • Culture Media