Orientation of monoclonal antibodies in ion-exchange chromatography: A predictive quantitative structure–activity relationship modeling approach

Jörg Kittelmann, Katharina M H Lang, Marcel Ottens, Jürgen Hubbuch*

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Abstract

Chromatographic separation of biopharmaceuticals in general and monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) specifically is the bottleneck in terms of cost and throughput in preparative purification. Still, generalized platform processes are used, neglecting molecule specific characteristics, defining protein-resin interaction terms. Currently used in silico modeling approaches do not consider the orientation of the molecule towards the chromatographic resins as a result of the structural features on an atomic level. This paper describes a quantitative structure–activity relationship (QSAR) approach to model the orientation of mAbs on ion exchange chromatographic matrices as a function of property distribution and mobile phase characteristics. 6 mAbs were used to build a predictive QSAR model and to investigate the preferred binding orientations and resulting surface shielding on resins. Thereby different dominating orientations, caused by composition of Fab fragments of the mAbs, could be identified. The presented methodology is suitable to gain extended insight in molecule orientation on chromatographic resins and to tailor purification strategies based on molecule structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Chromatography A
Volume1510
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Binding orientation
  • Ion-exchange chromatography
  • Monoclonal antibody (mAb)
  • Predictive modeling
  • Quantitative structure–activity relationship (QSAR)

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