Generation of a Universal Human Complement Source by Large-Scale Depletion of IgG and IgM from Pooled Human Plasma

Frances Alexander, Emily Brunt, Holly Humphries, Breeze Cavell, Stephanie Leung, Lauren Allen, Rachel Halkerston, Elodie Lesne, Elizabeth Penn, Stephen Thomas, Andrew Gorringe, Stephen Taylor*

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Complement is a key component of functional immunological assays used to evaluate vaccine-mediated immunity to a range of bacterial and viral pathogens. However, standardization of these assays is complicated due to the availability of a human complement source that lacks existing antibodies acquired either through vaccination or natural circulation of the pathogen of interest. We have developed a method for depleting both IgG and IgM in 200 mL batches from pooled hirudin-derived human plasma by sequential affinity chromatography using a Protein G Sepharose column followed by POROS™ CaptureSelect™ IgM Affinity resin. The production of large IgG- and IgM-depleted batches of human plasma that retains total hemolytic and alternative pathway activities allows for improved assay standardization and comparison of immune responses in large clinical trials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6029

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  • Complement system
  • FPLC
  • Human plasma
  • IgG depletion
  • IgM depletion


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