Novel column generation-based optimization approach for poly-pathway kinetic model applied to CHO cell culture

Author(s):Erika Hagrot, Hildur Æsa Oddsdóttir, Meeri Mäkinen, Anders Forsgren, Véronique Chotteau

Mathematical modelling can provide precious tools for bioprocess simulation, prediction, control and optimization of mammalian cell-based cultures. In this paper we present a novel method to generate kinetic models of such cultures, rendering complex metabolic networks in a poly-pathway kinetic model. The model is based on subsets of elementary flux modes (EFMs) to generate macro-reactions. Thanks to our column generation-based optimization algorithm, the experimental data are used to identify the EFMs, which are relevant to the data. Here the systematic enumeration of all the EFMs is eliminated and a network including a large number of reactions can be considered. In particular, the poly-pathway model can simulate multiple metabolic behaviors in response to changes in the culture conditions.

We apply the method to a network of 126 metabolic reactions describing cultures of antibody-producing Chinese hamster ovary cells, and generate a poly-pathway model that simulates multiple experimental conditions obtained in response to variations in amino acid availability. A good fit between simulated and experimental data is obtained, rendering the variations in the growth, product, and metabolite uptake/secretion rates. The intracellular reaction fluxes simulated by the model are explored, linking variations in metabolic behavior to adaptations of the intracellular metabolism.