The release of amines from the ion-exchange groups in DEAE Sepharose® Fast Flow has been studied under static and column conditions. The leakage compounds have been identified and quantified by gas chromatography—mass spectrometry. It was shown that the main leakage product under acidic (pH 1) and basic conditions (pH 14) was N,N,N′,N′-tetraethylethylenediamine. Three other amines were also identified, namely N,N,N′-triethylethylenediamine, diethylaminoethanol and diethylamine. The leakage of amines from DEAE Sepharose Fast Flow treated at pH 1 or 14 for 672 h at 40°C corresponds to a reduction of only 1% of the total ion-exchange capacity.
The functional stability of DEAE Sepharose Fast Flow was also studied by separation of a protein mixture during repeated cleaning-in-place treatments with 0·10 m HCl or 1·0 m NaOH. The separation behaviour was unaltered after the gel had been treated for a total contact time of 672 h with 0·10 m HCl or 1·0 m NaOH.
The clearance of ethanol from a DEAE Sepharose Fast Flow column stored in a 20% ethanol aqueous solution was also studied.
1993. Vol. 28, no 4, 223-230 p.