Conjugated detergent micelles as a platform for IgM purification

Gunasekaran Dhandapani, Ellen Wachtel, Ishita Das, Mordechai Sheves, Guy Patchornik

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Immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibodies hold promise as anticancer drugs and as agents for promoting immune homeostasis. This promise has not been realized due to low expression levels in mammalian cells producing IgM class antibodies, and the failure of protein A chromatography for IgM purification. Here, we describe a nonchromatographic platform for quantitatively capturing IgMs at neutral pH, which is then recovered with 86%–94% yield and >95% purity at pH 3. The platform contains micelles conjugated with the [(bathophenanthroline)3:Fe2+] amphiphilic complex. Inclusion of amino acid monomers, for example, phenylalanine or tyrosine, during conjugation of detergent micelles, allows subsequent extraction of IgMs at close to neutral pH. With the successful implementation of this purification platform for both polyclonal humans and bovine IgMs, we anticipate similar results for monoclonal IgMs, most relevant for the pharmaceutical industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1997-2003
Number of pages7
JournalBiotechnology and Bioengineering
Issue number7
Early online date4 Apr 2022
StatePublished Online - 4 Apr 2022


  • IgM purification
  • [metal:chelator] complexes
  • conjugated micelles
  • hydrophobic amino acids
  • ligand free
  • nonchromatographic

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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