Biotechnol Prog 2016 Jan-Feb;32(1):198-207. Epub 2015 Dec 12.
Dept. of Immunology, Genentech, Inc, 1 DNA Way, South San Francisco, CA, 94080.
Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell line development (CLD) is a long and laborious process, which requires up to 5 - 6 months in order to generate and bank CHO lines capable of stably expressing therapeutic molecules. Additionally, single cell cloning of these production lines is also necessary to confirm clonality of the production lines. Here we introduce the utilization of viability staining dye in combination with flow cytometer to isolate high titer clones from a pool of selected cells and single cell deposit them into the wells of culture plates. Our data suggests that a stringent selection procedure along with viability dye staining and flow cytometry-based sorting can be used to isolate high expressing clones with titers comparable to that of traditional CLD methods. This approach not only requires less labor and consumables, but it also shortens CLD timelines by at least 3 weeks. Furthermore, single cell deposition of selected cells by a flow sorter can be regarded as an additional clonality assurance factor that in combination with Day 0 imaging can ensure clonality of the production lines.