Undesired AAV sample characteristics to consider when optimizing the downstream process
ALl these types of contaminants can easily be identified and quantified by using the automated image analysis software tools in MiniTEM
MiniTEM automatically images, detects and classifies particles and debris. Since automation enables detection and analysis of a far larger number of particles than is feasible with manual operation, the results are more consistent, statistically significant and reproducible.
The proportion of broken AAV capsids in a sample can be measured using MiniTEM as negative stained samples of AAV particles display variations in staining patterns correlated to capsid integrity status.
Intact AAV particles appear as lacking internal staining as opposed to broken particles that exhibit internal dark staining due to disrupted virus capsid structures.