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(11)EP 3 222 299 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
25.03.2020 Bulletin 2020/13

(21)Application number: 14906285.3

(22)Date of filing:  11.12.2014
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A61L 27/24(2006.01)
A61L 27/36(2006.01)
C07K 1/14(2006.01)
A61L 27/38(2006.01)
C07K 14/78(2006.01)
C07K 1/34(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/KR2014/012176
(87)International publication number:
WO 2016/080578 (26.05.2016 Gazette  2016/21)

(54)

METHOD FOR PRODUCING HIGH-CONCENTRATION COLLAGEN FOR USING AS MEDICAL MATERIAL

VERFAHREN ZUR HERSTELLUNG VON HOCHKONZENTRIERTEM KOLLAGEN ZUR VERWENDUNG ALS MEDIZINISCHES MATERIAL

PROCÉDÉ DE PRODUCTION DE COLLAGÈNE À HAUTE CONCENTRATION DESTINÉ À ÊTRE UTILISÉ COMME MATÉRIAU MÉDICAL


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 21.11.2014 KR 20140163800

(43)Date of publication of application:
27.09.2017 Bulletin 2017/39

(73)Proprietor: Sewoncellontech Co., Ltd.
Seoul 07330 (KR)

(72)Inventors:
  • CHANG, Cheong Ho
    Seoul 135-841 (KR)
  • JEONG, Hyeong Woo
    Goyang-si Gyeonggi-do 412-745 (KR)
  • YOO, Ji Chul
    Namyangju-si Gyeonggi-do 472-869 (KR)
  • YEO, Se Ken
    Suwon-si Gyeonggi-do 443-270 (KR)
  • SUH, Dong Sam
    Seoul 139-924 (KR)

(74)Representative: dompatent von Kreisler Selting Werner - Partnerschaft von Patent- und Rechtsanwälten mbB 
Deichmannhaus am Dom Bahnhofsvorplatz 1
50667 Köln
50667 Köln (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
KR-A- 20100 111 383
KR-A- 20110 068 948
KR-A- 20140 122 532
KR-B1- 101 105 603
US-A1- 2007 219 128
KR-A- 20110 058 757
KR-A- 20140 091 435
KR-B1- 101 105 603
US-A1- 2006 110 370
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Technical Field



    [0001] The present invention relates to a method of producing high-concentration collagen suitable for use as a medical material, and more particularly to a method of producing high-concentration collagen, in which collagen may be prepared at various concentrations so as to be suitable for use as a medical material, and especially high-concentration collagen may exhibit superior performance for a corresponding purpose and may be easily stored compared to low-concentration collagen. Furthermore, the present invention enables improvements in the quality and reliability of products to thereby satisfy diverse needs of consumers, who are the users thereof, and is thus very useful.

    Background Art



    [0002] Collagen is a protein that is distributed in various tissues of animals and constitutes about 30% of total protein weight thereof.

    [0003] Typically, collagen is a fibrous protein, and is one of the proteins that make up the skin, bones and tendons. It is mainly distributed in connective tissues of the body, and human bodies contain about 20% protein, collagen constituting about 30% thereof. Collagen has a triple-helix molecular structure configured such that three polypeptide chains are wound around each other and linked via hydrogen bonds. Collagen having such a structure plays a role in exhibiting adhesion of cells, support of body and organs, activation of cell functions, cell proliferation, hemostasis, and immunity, and moreover, collagen is responsible for organic functions of the body while forming the same, and is thus a protein that is essential for the body.

    [0004] Collagen, thanks to the above properties, is currently utilized as a material or additive in various fields including those of beauty, health drinks, health foods, medicines and cosmetics, and applications thereof are gradually expanding by virtue of the functional properties thereof.

    [0005] As described above, in order to separate collagen from tissue after collecting bones and leather from cattle and pigs, collagen may be obtained as an insoluble material through extraction with an organic solvent, acid/base treatment, and then addition of trypsin and hyaluronidase, but the molecular weight thereof is high and thus it is difficult to digest and absorb in the human body, and collagen is decreased in purity due to various impurities contained therein, and the field of use thereof is limited, which is undesirable.

    [0006] About 20 types of collagen are currently known, among which Type 1 collagen is the most abundant, is morphologically present as a fibrous solid, and is configured such that three-stranded polypeptides are twisted through hydrogen bonding, with a molecular weight of about 300 kDa.

    [0007] Collagen is dissolved in a dilute acid or alkali and may thus be prepared in a liquid phase, and its viscosity increases with an increase in the concentration thereof.

    [0008] Collagen is suitable for bio-tissue and is a biodegradable material, and is thus diversely used as one of medical materials such as tissue repair agents, skin grafts, bone grafts, and cell cultures.

    [0009] Meanwhile, collagen extracted from various materials and prepared in a liquid phase is typically filtered in order to serve as a medical material by removing impurities and microorganisms therefrom.

    [0010] A typical filtration process is performed in a manner in which pressure and fluid flow are formed perpendicular to each other on a filtration membrane, whereby materials larger than the pore size of the filtration membrane are filtered and small materials are passed. During such a filtration process, the filtration target is passed immediately, whereas the material that is not passed may accumulate on the filtration membrane. The filtration efficiency may decrease with an increase in the filtration amount, and the filtration membrane ultimately becomes clogged. The typical filtration process is dependent on the capacity of the filtration target and the area of the membrane, and is limited in that the filtration concentration is low.

    [0011] Hence, in order to filter a polymeric protein collagen, it has to be prepared in a low-concentration liquid phase. In the case of sterile filtration for removing microorganisms, collagen has to be prepared at a concentration of about 5 mg/mL or less in order to pass through a filtration membrane having a small pore size of 0.22 ∼ 0.45 µm.

    [0012] As for methods of highly concentrating the collagen solution prepared at low concentration, a typical evaporate concentration process is problematic because there is concern about thermal degradation of collagen and a long period of time is required to perform the manufacturing process, and also, a concentration process using a volatile solvent is unsuitable for preparing medical materials because the remaining solvent has to be additionally removed.

    [Citation List]



    [0013] 

    (Patent Document 1) Japanese Patent Application Publication No. 2001-200000, which discloses a method of producing marine-derived collagen, wherein the skin tissue of a marine organism is cleaned, collagen is extracted with an organic acid, the resulting solution is passed through a purification membrane to remove impurities, and the solution, extracted using a protease, is subjected to filtration using a purification membrane, a concentration process using a concentration membrane, and a sterile filtration process, thereby yielding concentrated collagen.

    (Patent Document 2) Korean Patent Application Publication No. 2014-0091435, which discloses a method of preparing collagen comprising performing a concentration process using a tangential flow filtration device, concentrating the concentrated collagen using a centrifuge, and concentrating the concentrated collagen using a lyophilizer.

    (Patent Document 3) U.S. Patent No. 4894441, which discloses a method of preparing collagen comprising extracting biological tissue from the skin of an animal using an organic acid, adding the extracted tissue with sodium chloride to extract collagen, and preparing collagen through tangential filtration.

    (Patent Document 4) Japanese Patent Application Publication No. 2011-201837, which discloses a method of preparing a collagen hydrolysate using a porous hollow-fiber membrane having tubular walls formed of a blend of a hydrophobic polymer and a hydrophilic polymer.

    (Patent Document 5) (International Patent Document 5) A method of preparing a protein having a triple-helix structure comprising concentrating collagen using a cross-flow filtration process and then purifying the collagen through centrifugation.
    US 2006/110370 A1 discloses a method for treating biomaterial in which a biological tissue is contacted with an anticalcification treatment solution under condition effective to render the biomaterial resistant to in vivo calcification upon implantation in a host animal.
    KR 101 105 603 B1 discloses a method for preparing a collagen solution by a salt precipitation compression concentration procedure.


    Disclosure


    Technical Problem



    [0014] The present invention has been made keeping in mind the problems encountered in the related art, and collagen, which is a protein having low antigenicity and high biodegradability and biocompatibility, is extracted from various animal tissues and may thus be widely utilized not only as a medical material for medical devices and medicines but also as a material for cosmetics or foods.
    The embodiment of the present invention is reflected in independent claim 1.
    The preferred embodiments of the present invention are reflected in dependent claims 2 to 5.

    [0015] In order to use collagen as a medical material, the biological safety thereof has to be ensured. When collagen is extracted from the tissue of an animal, an animal-derived virus has to be removed or inactivated to prevent the transfer thereof, and moreover, microorganisms have to be appropriately eliminated.

    [0016] Typically, a virus is removed by killing it at a high temperature or through filtration using a filter having nanometer-sized pores. However, collagen may be degraded at high temperatures of 37°C or more and thus the structure of triple-helix strands may unravel into three single strands to thus give gelatin, undesirably losing the fundamental properties of collagen and making it difficult to pass a polymeric protein having a size of 300 nm through a filter for virus removal.

    [0017] During the extraction of collagen, low-molecular weight materials such as enzymes or sodium chloride have to be removed so as to ensure suitability for medical use.

    [0018] When collagen is generally used as a liquid dosage form for medical applications, it is required to have a high concentration of 30 ∼ 60 mg/mL in order to increase the retention time of collagen or to maintain the volume thereof. When collagen is prepared into a solid dosage form through lyophilization, it is required to have a high concentration in order to reduce the capacity of a lyophilizer and the operating time thereof. In order to satisfy the criteria of consumers for a medical material, collagen has to be prepared at a high concentration of 60 mg/mL or more.

    [0019] Furthermore, with the goal of preparing a medical collagen product in liquid form at high concentration, collagen powder may be used, but sterilization in a powder phase while maintaining the inherent properties and structure of collagen is impossible, and aseptic equipment and a long period of time are required for dissolution in a liquid, sterilization, and concentration.

    Technical Solution



    [0020] The tissue of a mammal is treated with 70% ethyl alcohol for at least 72 hr and is then reacted with pepsin for at least 72 hr in a solution titrated to a pH of 1.5 - 2.5 thereby realizing virus inactivation. Furthermore, microorganisms are removed through filtration using a filter having a pore size of 0.22 µm, thus ensuring safety.

    [0021] Highly pure collagen is prepared through collagen extraction using pepsin, addition of sodium chloride, filtration, tangential flow filtration, and pH neutralization.

    [0022] Also, through concentration procedures using tangential flow filtration, pH neutralization, and centrifugation, collagen is highly concentrated to 120 mg/mL, and may be homogenously mixed to thus manufacture various products in liquid, sponge or powder form.

    Advantageous Effects



    [0023] As described hereinbefore, the tissue of a mammal can be produced into aseptic liquid collagen suitable for medical use through virus inactivation, removal of low-molecular-weight materials such as enzymes or sodium chloride using tangential flow filtration, and filtration using a filter having a pore size of 0.22 µm. Furthermore, tangential flow filtration, pH neutralization, and centrifugation are performed, whereby high-concentration liquid collagen of 120 mg/mL can be concentrated and can be used as a material for various medical collagen products while maintaining the liquid phase and aseptic properties thereof.

    [0024] The preferred embodiments of the present invention for achieving such effects are described in detail below with reference to the accompanying drawings.

    Description of Drawings



    [0025] 

    FIG. 1 shows a process of filtering collagen using a tangential flow filtration (TFF) device according to the present invention;

    FIG. 2 shows a tangential flow filtration membrane according to the present invention;

    FIG. 3 shows the structure of a neutralization tank according to the present invention; and

    FIG. 4 shows a mixer.



    [0026] <Description of the Reference Numerals in the Drawings>

    10: tangential flow filtration membrane device 11: storage tank

    12: pump 13: tangential flow filtration membrane

    14: valve 15: pressure gauge

    16: recovery of non-passed material 17: discarding of passed material

    18: purified water

    21: solution flow direction 22: pressure direction

    23: tangential flow filtration membrane 24: non-passed material

    25: passed material 31, a: gasket

    32, b: fastener 33: pH titration solution inlet

    34: pH electrode c: rotary shaft sealing device

    d: pH electrode


    Best Mode



    [0027] The present invention is characterized in that high-concentration liquid collagen, the biological safety of which is ensured and which has high purity, is extracted from the tissue of a mammal so as to be used as a medical material.

    [0028] Specifically, the tissue of a mammal is washed with clean water and alcohol and then kept frozen. As such, the water is preferably purified water from which microorganisms and ions have been removed, and the alcohol is 70% ethyl alcohol for disinfection.

    [0029] Before extraction, animal tissue is pretreated in a manner of finely crushing the tissue using a crusher and then immersing the tissue in 70% ethyl alcohol for at least 72 hr.

    [0030] The pretreated animal tissue is rinsed with purified water and then extracted.

    [0031] For primary extraction, enzymatic treatment is performed by placing the tissue and a protease in purified water at a pH of 1.5 to 2.5 and then performing stirring for 72 hr or more.

    [0032] Here, pH titration may be carried out using any acidic solution such as phosphoric acid or hydrochloric acid, and the protease is preferably pepsin, which is able to remove the terminus of collagen for causing an immune response in the human body without damaging the triple-helix structure of collagen.

    [0033] If the pH for enzymatic treatment is less than 1.5, it is unsuitable for chemical resistance of a filter for use in the subsequent filtration process. On the other hand, if the pH exceeds 2.5 or the reaction time is less than 72 hr, the virus inactivation effect may decrease.

    [0034] The pretreatment process including immersion in ethyl alcohol for 72 hr or more and the enzymatic treatment process at a pH of 2.5 or less for 72 hr or more enable the inactivation of viruses that may be present in the animal tissue, thus ensuring biological safety.

    [0035] For secondary extraction and purification, the solution subjected to enzymatic treatment undergoes a salt treatment process in a manner such that it is reacted with sodium chloride at a concentration of 0.5 ∼ 0.9 M. This is because each protein is able to aggregate at a specific salt concentration and also because collagen may aggregate and float at the above salt concentration, whereby the other non-aggregated impurities are discarded to thus increase the purity of collagen.

    [0036] The aggregated collagen is dissolved again in purified water so as to perform a filtration process.

    [0037] For tertiary purification, the solution is first filtered using a filter having a pore size of 2.0 ∼ 0.5 µm, and is then treated using a TFF device so that low-molecular-weight materials such as pepsin, sodium chloride, etc. may be removed from the solution.

    [0038] The TFF device preferably includes a 50 ∼ 150 kDa molecular-weight-cutoff (MWCO) filtration membrane. The 150 kDa or less MWCO filtration membrane functions to prevent the loss of collagen of about 300 kDa, and the 50 kDa or more MWCO filtration membrane functions to remove pepsin of about 35 kDa.

    [0039] The filtration process using the TFF device is performed using a storage tank 11, a pump 12, a filtration membrane 13, a pressure gauge 15 and a valve 14. The solution in the storage tank is transferred to the filtration membrane via the pump so that collagen larger than the pore size of the filtration membrane is not passed but is recovered into the storage tank and also so that impurities smaller than the pore size are passed through the pores and thus removed. The purified water is added in an amount corresponding to the amount of the impurities removed through the pores in the filtration membrane. This procedure is repeated, whereby the purity of collagen may be increased while maintaining the flowability of the collagen solution in the storage tank (FIGS. 1 and 2). The results of purification using the TFF device may be confirmed through various methods, among which the removal of sodium chloride can be found through osmotic measurement (Example 3) .

    [0040] The TFF device is used for a concentration process, in addition to the purification process. When the filtration is repeated without the addition of purified water at a time point at which the removal of impurities is completed, water is removed via the pores, and thus the amount of collagen in the storage tank is increased. Accordingly, the amount of collagen may be concentrated to 10 mg/mL, and collagen thus obtained may be utilized in fields that do not require high concentration, such as those of cosmetic materials.

    [0041] However, since the viscosity of collagen is increased with an increase in the concentration thereof, when concentration process to 10 mg/mL or more is carried out, collagen may accumulate on the filtration membrane, and the flowability of the collagen solution may significantly decrease, thus lowering the yield and requiring a long processing time. In order to produce collagen for medical use, it is concentrated to 5 mg/mL or less, thereby ensuring flowability and viscosity suitable for sterile filtration.

    [0042] After the completion of purification and concentration using the TFF device, the resulting solution is filtered through a filter having a pore size of 0.22 µm and then transferred to a neutralization tank. Here, the sterile filter and the neutralization tank should be in a sterile state. In particular, the neutralization tank should be able to be sealed using a gasket 31 and a fastener 32 and should include a pH titration solution inlet, a pH measurement electrode, and a jacket for adjusting the temperature of the solution (FIG. 3).

    [0043] The collagen solution from which microorganisms have been removed through sterile filtration is purified and concentrated once more using a neutralization process. The neutralization process is performed in a manner in which the pH of the collagen solution is adjusted to 6.0 ∼ 8.0 using a pH titration solution such as sodium hydroxide or hydrochloric acid and the temperature of the solution is adjusted to 25 ∼ 35°C to thereby aggregate collagen.

    [0044] During the neutralization process, if the pH of the solution falls out of the above range or the temperature of the solution is low, collagen may not sufficiently aggregate. On the other hand, if the temperature of the solution is high, the triple-helix structure may unravel due to thermal degradation.

    [0045] Collagen is aggregated through the neutralization process, and the solution, which is not aggregated, is removed, whereby the amount of a concentrating target may be decreased before a concentration process using centrifugation, making it easy to separate water and collagen from each other, and the concentration process may be performed within a short time using a low centrifugal force, ultimately constructing an apparatus that enables mass production at relatively low cost.

    [0046] The collagen, which is aggregated through neutralization, is placed in a sterilized centrifugation vessel, and is then concentrated for 5 min at a gravitational acceleration of 4,000 ∼ 6,000 g using a centrifuge.

    [0047] If the above process is conducted using a lower centrifugal force or for a shorter time, the yield of collagen may decrease or the final concentration value may decrease. On the other hand, if higher gravitational acceleration is applied for a long time, a high-performance expensive centrifuge suitable therefor is required, and the production time may increase.

    [0048] The collagen thus concentrated is placed in a mixer (FIG. 4) having a closed structure and is then homogeneously mixed, thus obtaining high-concentration collagen for use in a medical material. Here, the concentration of collagen may be adjusted by adding water from which microorganisms and exothermic materials have been removed, depending on the desired purposes, and collagen having a high concentration of 120 mg/mL may be obtained under the above conditions.

    [0049] During the above mixing process, an acidic solution such as hydrochloric acid is added as the pH titration solution so that the pH of the solution is adjusted to 1.5 ∼ 5.5. The solution having an adjusted pH may be stored stably in a homogenous state for a long period of time. If the pH thereof is too low, it is difficult to titrate the pH to a neutral value in order to prepare a medical product. On the other hand, if the pH thereof is higher than 5.5, collagen may aggregate again, making it difficult to maintain a uniform concentration.

    [0050] Depending on the needs, the collagen, obtained through extraction, purification, concentration and mixing processes, may be mixed and diluted with a mixing solvent such as water, an isotonic solution, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), or hyaluronic acid to thus give a liquid product, and the concentrated collagen may be provided in the form of a solid product through lyophilization.

    [0051] In particular, a liquid product may be provided in a state in which biological safety is ensured in the absence of viruses and microorganisms within a minimal clean-room facility that enables mixing, filling, and packing.

    [Example 1] (Reference example)



    [0052] In the present invention the crushed tissue is immersed in 70% ethyl alcohol for at least 72 hr.

    Preparation and use of medical collagen using pig skin tissue



    [0053] 
    1. 1) Pig skin tissue is washed with purified water and alcohol and then kept frozen at -20°C or lower.
    2. 2) The pig skin tissue is finely crushed.
    3. 3) The crushed skin tissue is immersed in 70% ethyl alcohol for 24 hr.

    (Primary virus inactivation)



    [0054] 

    4) The tissue is rinsed by being placed in purified water, titrated to an acidic pH (pH 1.5 ∼ 2.5) using phosphoric acid, and is then reacted with stirring for 72 hr or more by the addition of pepsin. (Secondary virus inactivation)
    Here, the amount of pepsin is 1/4 ∼ 1/10 of the weight of the skin tissue.

    5) The collagen is added with sodium chloride at a concentration of 0.5 ∼ 0.9 M, stirred and aggregated, after which the non-aggregated solution is removed.

    6) The aggregated collagen is dissolved in water titrated at a pH of 1.5 ∼ 4.0 and then filtered using a filter having a pore size of 2.0 ∼ 0.5 µm.

    7) In order to obtain collagen suitable for medical use, low-molecular-weight materials such as pepsin and sodium chloride are removed from the solution using a TFF device.
    The TFF device preferably includes a 50 ∼ 150 kDa MWCO filtration membrane, and purified water is added in an amount corresponding to the amount removed through the pores of the filtration membrane so that the amount of the collagen solution in the storage tank is maintained to thus ensure flowability.

    8) After the completion of removal of low-molecular-weight materials such as pepsin and sodium chloride, the supply of purified water is stopped and TFF is maintained, and thus a concentration process is carried out. As such, the concentration of collagen is adjusted to 5 mg/mL or less so as to pass through a filter having a pore size of 0.22 µm.

    9) To remove microorganisms, filtration is performed using a filter having a pore size of 0.22 µm.

    10) The solution from which microorganisms have been removed is transferred to a sterilized neutralization tank. The neutralization tank has to be sterilized and has to have a sealed structure able to maintain a sterile state, and includes a pH titration solution inlet and a pH measurement electrode.

    11) To aggregate collagen, the collagen solution is allowed to stand for a time period ranging from 4 hr to one day under the condition that it is titrated to an approximately neutral pH (pH 6.0 ∼ 8.0) using hydrochloric acid (HCl) and a sodium hydroxide solution (NaOH) and the temperature thereof is adjusted to 25 ∼ 35°C.

    12) The non-aggregated solution is discarded and the aggregated collagen is placed in a centrifugation vessel and then in a centrifuge, and is centrifuged at a gravitational acceleration of 4,000 ∼ 6,000 g, thereby concentrating collagen.

    13) Water is decanted from the centrifugation vessel and the concentrated collagen, having been separated from the water, is placed in a mixer and then stirred, thus obtaining collagen having a concentration of about 120 mg/mL.
    As such, the collagen thus obtained is mixed with an acidic solution such as hydrochloric acid to adjust the pH thereof to 1.5 ∼ 5.5, whereby the collagen may be stored at a homogeneous concentration.

    14) The collagen, from which microorganisms have been removed and which has high purity, is prepared in a state in which the properties of collagen are maintained, using the above method, and is thus suitable for medical use, and may have a high concentration of 120 mg/mL and may thus be applied to various products.



    [0055] For example, collagen may be provided in the form of a product that may be injected into the body in a manner in which the collagen is mixed with an additive so as to possess the same composition as the saline in the human body while maintaining a liquid phase and is then charged in a pre-filled syringe.

    [Example 2]


    Verification of virus inactivation



    [0056] The virus inactivation process during the production process of Example 1 was performed through three simulations to thus verify the virus inactivation.

    [0057] Adopted as indicator viruses were PEDV (Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus), PRV (Porcine rotavirus), PPV (Porcine parvovirus), and Pseudorabies virus, depending on the genotypes, presence or absence of enveloped lipids, and resistivity.

    [0058] The adopted four kinds of viruses are inoculated into the crushed pig tissue and then incubated in 70% ethyl alcohol for 24 hr and in an acidic solution having a pH of 2.5, adjusted by the use of phosphoric acid, for 72 hr in order to reproduce the pretreatment and enzymatic treatment procedures of the actual preparation method.

    [0059] The samples in which the virus inactivation process was reproduced are compared before and after treatment through quantitative viral analysis.

    [0060] The results of three simulations under the same conditions were the same. All viruses were detected to a detection threshold or less, and the log reduction factor for each virus inactivation process was measured to be a 2-log reduction factor or more corresponding to a typical standard that is regarded as effective for virus inactivation. The maximum cumulative log reduction factors of PEDV, PRV, PPV, and Pseudorabies virus per process were ≥ 6.75, ≥ 9.75, ≥ 8.75, and ≥ 8.75, respectively, from which strong virus inactivation effects can be concluded to have been exhibited.
    [Table 1]
    Preparation processReduction factor (Log10TCID50)
    PEDVPRVPPVPseudorabies virus
    Pretreatment (70% ethyl alcohol, 24 hr) ≥ 4.05 ≥ 5.55 ≥ 5.05 ≥ 5.05
    Enzymatic treatment (pH 2.5, 72 hr) ≥ 2.70 ≥ 4.20 ≥ 3.70 ≥ 3.70
    Maximum cumulative log reduction factor ≥ 6.75 ≥ 9.75 ≥ 8.75 ≥ 8.75

    [Example 3]


    Removal of sodium chloride using TFF



    [0061] After the enzymatic treatment, treatment with sodium chloride, and filtration using a filter having a pore size of 2.0 ∼ 0.5 µm of Example 1, TFF was conducted using a 100 kDa MWCO filtration membrane.

    [0062] Here, purified water was added in an amount corresponding to the amount removed through the pores in the filtration membrane, and this procedure was repeated, whereby the flowability of the collagen solution in the storage tank was ensured and low-molecular-weight materials such as pepsin and sodium chloride were removed, and the total amount of purified water that was added was five times the initial amount of the collagen solution.

    [0063] The above TFF process was repeated three times and the results of removal of low-molecular-weight materials were verified by measuring osmotic pressure using sodium chloride, chosen because it is a typical material.

    [0064] Consequently, individual removal rates were 96.2%, 96.1%, and 96.4%, and the average removal rate was determined to be 96.2%. Thereby, the removal of low-molecular-weight materials via TFF is effective, and sodium chloride shows an osmotic pressure of 31 ∼ 33 mOsm, which is lower than 285 mOsm, which is the plasma osmotic pressure, and may be used as a medical material in a mixture with an isotonic solution, as necessary.
    [Table 2]
    CaseOsmotic pressure (mOsm)Removal rate
    Before TFFAfter TFF
    1 840 32 96.2 %
    2 846 33 96.1 %
    3 861 31 96.4 %
    Average 96.2 %

    [Example 4]


    Collagen concentration by stepwise concentration process



    [0065] According to the preparation method of Example 1, 5 kg of pig skin and 1 kg of pepsin were used, and the concentration of collagen for each step was measured when a concentration process was performed to 1/2 of the initial amount upon TFF.

    [0066] The concentration from the enzymatic treatment process to the filtration process using a filter having a pore size of 2.0 ∼ 0.5 µm fell in the range of 1.6 ∼ 2.4 mg/mL for each case, and the concentration was 3.2 ∼ 4.8 mg/mL after the removal of low-molecular-weight materials during TFF.

    [0067] This is performed to realize passage through a sterile filtration filter having a pore size of 0.22 µm after TFF. When the concentration is adjusted to 2 mg/mL or less, the amount of the collagen solution is increased and thus the volume of the neutralization tank is enlarged. After the neutralization process, a long period of time is required to perform a concentration process using centrifugation, ultimately increasing production costs. On the other hand, when the concentration of the collagen solution was adjusted to 5 mg/mL or more, viscosity is increased, making it difficult to pass through the sterile filter having a pore size of 0.22 µm, whereby the sterile filter may be clogged early, undesirably causing the loss of collagen and using a large filter. For this reason, the concentration value before a sterile filtration process is preferably set to the range of 2 ∼ 5 mg/mL.

    [0068] The water, which was not aggregated during the neutralization process, was primarily removed, whereby collagen could be concentrated to 5.6 ∼ 6.7 mg/mL from 3.2 ∼ 4.8 mg/mL. Accordingly, collagen is concentrated about 1.4-to 1.8-fold compared to the concentration value before the neutralization process. Thus, during the concentration process using centrifugation, initial capacity may be reduced, advantageously resulting in industrial applicability in which the centrifuge capacity and the processing time may be reduced.

    [0069] Finally, the collagen solution aggregated after the neutralization process is concentrated using centrifugation, whereby high-concentration collagen may be obtained in the concentration range of 114.6 ∼ 122.3 mg/mL for each case, which is suitable for use as a material for a medical liquid collagen product having a concentration of 30 ∼ 60 mg/mL and which is also able to reduce the capacity of a lyophilizer and the operating time thereof when a solid formulation is produced using lyophilization.
    [Table 3]
     Collagen concentration per production process (mg/mL)
    Production processABCD
    Case 1 1.6 3.2 5.6 114.6
    Case 2 2.4 4.8 6.7 122.3
    Case 3 2.1 4.1 5.9 121.1
    [00115] * Note) A: enzymatic treatment ∼ filtration (with a pore size of 2.0 ∼ 0.5 µm)
    [00116] B: tangential flow filtration (concentration process after removal of low-molecular-weight material)
    [00117] C: neutralization (after removal of non-aggregated solution)
    [00118] D: concentration process using centrifugation



    Claims

    1. A method of producing collagen at a concentration of 60 mg/mL or more for use as a medical material, comprising:

    washing tissue of a mammal;

    subjecting the washed tissue to crushing and immersion in ethyl alcohol, wherein the crushed tissue of the mammal is immersed in 70% ethyl alcohol for at least 72 hr and is then reacted with pepsin for at least 72 hr in a solution titrated to a pH of 1.5 ∼ 2.5 so that a virus is inactivated and collagen is extracted;

    subjecting the tissue to enzymatic treatment with stirring in purified water containing phosphoric acid and pepsin;

    adding sodium chloride to the collagen subjected to enzymatic treatment, performing stirring, and aggregating collagen;

    dissolving the aggregated collagen in purified water to give a collagen solution, which is then filtered using a filter and concentrated by removing the pepsin, low-molecular-weight material and sodium chloride from the collagen solution using a tangential flow filtration device;

    subjecting the collagen concentrated using the tangential flow filtration device to sterile filtration, aggregating the collagen using a pH solution in a neutralization tank, and concentrating the collagen by removing a non-aggregated solution; and

    concentrating the concentrated collagen using a centrifuge and stirring the concentrated collagen using a mixer.


     
    2. The method of claim 1, wherein the collagen subjected to enzymatic treatment is added with sodium chloride at a concentration of 0.5 ∼ 0.9 M and stirred to thus aggregate collagen, the non-aggregated solution is removed, and the aggregated collagen is dissolved in purified water and then filtered using a filter having a pore size of 2.0 ∼ 0.5 µm.
     
    3. The method of claim 1, wherein the tangential flow filtration device comprises a 50 ∼ 150 kDa molecular-weight-cutoff filtration membrane, purified water is added in an amount corresponding to an amount of the solution that is removed so as to maintain flowability, materials smaller than a pore size of the filtration membrane are removed, and collagen is concentrated to 5 mg/mL or less so as to pass through a filter having a pore size of 0.22 µm.
     
    4. The method of claim 1, wherein the collagen concentrated using the tangential flow filtration device is allowed to stand for 4 hr ∼ 24 hr under a condition that the collagen is adjusted to a neutral pH (6.0 ∼ 8.0) and is maintained at a temperature of 25 ∼ 35°C, whereby the aggregated collagen is recovered and centrifuged using a centrifuge, thereby being concentrated.
     
    5. The method of claim 1, wherein the collagen concentrated through neutralization is centrifuged at a gravitational acceleration of 4,000 ∼ 6,000 g, thereby being concentrated, and is stirred using a mixer, thus obtaining high-concentration collagen of 120 mg/mL.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verfahren zur Herstellung von Collagen in einer Konzentration von 60 mg/ml oder mehr zur Verwendung als medizinisches Material, umfassend:

    Waschen von Gewebe eines Säugers;

    Zerkleinern des gewaschenen Gewebes und Eintauchen in Ethylalkohol, wobei das zerkleinerte Gewebe des Säugers wenigstens 72 Stunden lang in 70%-igen Ethylalkohol eingetaucht wird und dann wenigstens 72 Stunden lang in einer auf pH 1,5 bis 2,5 titrierten Lösung mit Pepsin umgesetzt, so dass Viren inaktiviert werden und Collagen extrahiert wird;

    enzymatische Behandlung des Gewebes unter Rühren in gereinigtem Wasser, das Phosphorsäure und Pepsin enthält;

    Hinzufügen von Natriumchlorid zu dem enzymatisch behandelten Collagen, Rühren und Collagen aggregieren;

    Auflösen des aggregierten Collagens in gereinigtem Wasser, was eine Collagenlösung ergibt, die dann mit Hilfe eines Filters filtriert wird und eingeengt wird, indem man das Pepsin, niedermolekulare Stoffe und Natriumchlorid unter Verwendung einer Filtrationsvorrichtung mit Tangentialströmung aus der Collagenlösung entfernt;

    Sterilfiltration des unter Verwendung der Filtrationsvorrichtung mit Tangentialströmung konzentrierten Collagens, Aggregieren des Collagens unter Verwendung einer pH-Lösung in einem Neutralisationstank und Konzentrieren des Collagens durch Entfernen der nicht aggregierten Lösung; und

    Konzentrieren des konzentrierten Collagens mit einer Zentrifuge und Rühren des konzentrierten Collagens mit einem Mischer.


     
    2. Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei das enzymatisch behandelte Collagen mit Natriumchlorid in einer Konzentration von 0,5 bis 0,9 M versetzt wird und gerührt wird, um das Collagen so zu aggregieren, die nicht aggregierte Lösung entfernt wird und das aggregierte Collagen in gereinigtem Wasser aufgelöst und dann mit einem Filter, der eine Porengröße von 2,0 bis 0,5 µm aufweist, filtriert wird.
     
    3. Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei die Filtrationsvorrichtung mit Tangentialströmung eine Filtrationsmembran mit einer Molekulargewichtsgrenze von 50 bis 150 kDa umfasst, gereinigtes Wasser in einer Menge, die der Menge der entfernten Lösung entspricht, hinzugefügt wird, um die Fließfähigkeit aufrechtzuerhalten, Stoffe, die kleiner sind als die Porengröße der Filtrationsmembran, entfernt werden und Collagen auf 5 mg/ml oder weniger konzentriert wird, damit es einen Filter mit einer Porengröße von 0,22 µm passieren kann.
     
    4. Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei das unter Verwendung der Filtrationsvorrichtung mit Tangentialströmung konzentrierte Collagen 4 h bis 24 h lang unter den Bedingungen, dass das Collagen auf einen neutralen pH-Wert (6,0 bis 8,0) eingestellt ist und auf einer Temperatur von 25 bis 35 °C gehalten wird, stehen gelassen wird, wobei das aggregierte Collagen zurückgewonnen und mit einer Zentrifuge zentrifugiert wird, wodurch es konzentriert wird.
     
    5. Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 1, wobei das durch Neutralisation konzentrierte Collagen mit einer relativen Zentrifugalbeschleunigung von 4000 bis 6000 x g zentrifugiert wird, wodurch es konzentriert wird, und mit einem Mischer gerührt wird, wobei man hochkonzentriertes Collagen von 120 mg/ml erhält.
     


    Revendications

    1. Procédé pour produire du collagène en une concentration de 60 mg/ml ou plus à utiliser comme matériel médical, comprenant les étapes consistant à :

    laver le tissu d'un mammifère,

    soumettre le tissu lavé à l'écrasement et l'immersion dans de l'alcool éthylique, dans lequel le tissu écrasé du mammifère est immergé dans de l'alcool éthylique à 70 % pendant au moins 72 heures, et ensuite fait réagir avec de la pepsine pendant au moins 72 heures dans une solution titrée à un pH de 1,5 à 2,5, de manière que les virus soient inactivés et du collagène soit extrait,

    soumettre le tissu à un traitement enzymatique tout en agitant dans de l'eau purifiée contenant de l'acide phosphorique et de la pepsine,

    ajouter du chlorure de sodium au collagène ayant été soumis au traitement enzymatique, agiter, et agréger le collagène,

    dissoudre le collagène agrégé dans de l'eau purifiée pour obtenir une solution de collagène, qui est ensuite filtrée en utilisant un filtre et concentrée en éliminant la pepsine, le matériau à faible poids moléculaire et le chlorure de sodium de la solution de collagène en utilisant un dispositif de filtration à écoulement tangentiel,

    soumettre le collagène concentré à une filtration stérile en utilisant ledit dispositif de filtration à écoulement tangentiel, agréger le collagène avec une solution de pH dans un réservoir de neutralisation, et concentrer le collagène en éliminant une solution non agrégée, et

    concentrer le collagène concentré avec une centrifugeuse, et agiter le collagène concentré avec un mélangeur.


     
    2. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le collagène ayant été soumis au traitement enzymatique est mélangé à du chlorure de sodium en une concentration de 0,5 à 0,9 M, et mélangé pour ainsi agréger du collagène, la solution non agrégée est éliminée, et le collagène agrégé est dissout dans de l'eau purifiée et ensuite filtré avec un filtre ayant une taille des pores comprise entre 2,0 et 0,5 µm.
     
    3. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le dispositif de filtration à écoulement tangentiel comprend une membrane de filtration ayant un seuil de coupure de poids moléculaire de 50 à 150 kDa, de l'eau purifiée est ajoutée en une quantité correspondant à la quantité de la solution éliminée pour maintenir la fluidité, matériaux plus petits que la taille des pores de la membrane de filtration sont éliminés, et le collagène est concentré à 5 mg/ml ou moins pour pouvoir passer à travers un filtre ayant une taille de pores de 0,22 µm.
     
    4. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le collagène concentré en utilisant ledit dispositif de filtration à écoulement tangentiel est laissé au repos pendant 4 heures à 24 heures sous la condition que le collagène est ajusté à un pH neutre (6,0 à 8,0) et est maintenu à une température de 25 à 35 °C, de sorte que le collagène agrégé est récupéré et centrifugé en utilisant une centrifugeuse, de ce fait étant concentré.
     
    5. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le collagène concentré par neutralisation est centrifugé à une accélération gravitationnelle de 4000 à 6000 x g, de ce fait étant concentré, et agité avec un mélangeur, pour ainsi obtenir du collagène à haute concentration de 120 mg/ml.
     




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