Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
A 1-l. fermentor was designed and tested for use as a tissue-culture vessel. It features a temperature control device, impeller agitation without the necessity of a shaft seal, and a means of measuring, recording, and controlling both pH and oxidation-reduction potential (ORP). Tests have shown the ORP to change fairly rapidly with impeller speed variations under conditions of a continuous carbon dioxide-air overlay. Working with strain L mouse fibroblasts (Earle), cell counts of more than 1.25 ×106 ml., without centrifugation and medium renewal, were achieved, and cell counts were maintained above 1 ×106 for more than 30 hr. With the vessel studied, pH control was ±0.05, the ORP control was ±10 mV. Controlled environments for tissue-cell metabolic studies are entirely feasible with this system.
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