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31 March 2007 Effect of storage conditions on detection of mycoplasma in biopharmaceutical products
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Mycoplasma contamination affects many different aspects of cell culturing, resulting in unreliable experimental results and potentially harmful biological products. Therefore, the specificity, sensitivity, and reliability of detecting mycoplasma contamination are important aspects of quality control in biotechnological products. In this study, Mycoplasma hyorhinis was adopted as a model strain to evaluate the effects of storage on the viability of Mycoplasma species in cell culture samples. Medium X was compared with conventional media 243 and 988 for the ability to detect M. hyorhinis. The 101 CFU/ml of M. hyorhinis was inoculated into medium X prepared using the same lots of components and preserved for 7 d, 1 mo, and 2 mo. M. hyorhinis grew readily and typically on agar plates prepared within 1 mo. The viable mycoplasmas in samples containing different initial titers (101 and 106 CFU/ml) after storage at 4° C and −30° C were analyzed. During storage, viable organisms were found with little or no reduction in titers after storage for 8 wk at −30° C under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. A reduction in titers of 3 log10 occurred after 4 wk storage for high-dose cultures (106 CFU/ml) at 4° C. The titers of viable organisms were diminished over 8 wk at 4° C under aerobic and anaerobic conditions.
Hsiu-Shuei Cheng, Chiu-Wen Shen and Shih-Rong Wang "Effect of storage conditions on detection of mycoplasma in biopharmaceutical products," In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal 43(3), (31 March 2007).
Received: 9 January 2007; Accepted: 2 February 2007; Published: 31 March 2007

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