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Biotechnology (N Y). 1995 Feb;13(2):170-4.

Recent advances in the large scale fermentation of Neisseria meningitidis group B for the production of an outer membrane protein complex.

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Department of Virus & Cell Biology, West Point, PA 19486, USA.


The Outer Membrane Protein Complex (OMPC) of the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis group B has been used successfully as a protein carrier in a Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) polysaccharide conjugate vaccine and a Streptococcus pneumoniae (Pn) polysaccharide conjugate vaccine to elicit antipolysaccharide immune responses in young infants. The OMPC carrier is derived by detergent extraction of whole cells and, thus, the consistent generation of suitable biomass is central to an effective production process. Therefore, we have developed a large-scale, high-cell density (5 g/L dry cell weight) fermentation process for the cultivation of N. meningitidis B11. Since current requirements for the production of human biologics mandate strict control of all aspects of the manufacturing process, several key features of the process, including a chemically defined medium and a rational event-based harvest criterion, support current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) and increased productivity.

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