GingisKHAN Used in Antibody Lead Identification – Publication by Roche

September 11, 2017 | Products, References |

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“GingisKHAN™ protease cleavage allows a high-throughput antibody to Fab conversion enabling direct functional assessment during lead identification of human monoclonal and bispecific IgG1 antibodies.”

 

In this paper, the scientists at Roche Innovation Center Munich, Moelleken et al, discuss the use of GingisKHAN in antibody lead selection screening and affinity measurements. The binding strength of an antibody is called affinity and when developing an antibody based drug, the selection of the best lead candidate involves measuring the affinity to its target antigen. A traditional antibody has two binding regions and the characteristics of the binding involves either one or two binding sites, depending on the target molecule. For this reason, the binding of a single Fab fragment is important to study during lead selection. Traditional methods of generating Fab fragments includes unspecific digestion with enzymes such as papain or LysC, mild reduction, or recombinant expression of the Fab fragment. Methods involving unspecific proteases suffer from low reproducibility, unspecific and incomplete digestion, and requires optimization for each IgG molecule to obtain a homogenous pool of Fab fragments. Another drawback is that none of the traditional methods allow high-throughput generation of Fabs.

 

In this setting Moelleken et al turned to GingisKHAN and studied the digestion efficiency, specificity, and ease of use for antibodies, bispecific antibodies, and new molecules with more than two antigen binding domains. The conclusions from the paper indicate that GingisKHAN has a high degree of specificity above the hinge of human IgG1 with no overdigestion or incomplete digestion. The protocol using GingisKHAN can be used as a platform method since there is very limited optimization needed. Due to the specificity of GingisKHAN, Moelleken et al were able to study the binding of Fab fragments directly from the digestion mixture without the need for purification. This feature shortens the analysis time and allows higher throughput.

 

The authors conclude the following:

“In summary, we have shown that the GingisKHAN protease is highly suited to differentiate between affinity- and avidity-driven binding of human IgG1s monoclonal antibodies and bispecific antibody formats in a lean and efficient manner”. (Moelleken et al, 2017)

 

GingisKHAN is an enzyme from Genovis for specific digestion above the hinge of human IgG1 and generation of homogenous Fab and Fc fragments.

 

Read more about GingisKHAN

  • Specific digestion of human IgG1
  • 1 h incubation at 37°C
  • Available in 2000 units or as a Fab preparation kit

 

 

Moelleken, J. et al., 2017. GingisKHAN™ protease cleavage allows a high-throughput antibody to Fab conversion enabling direct functional assessment during lead identification of human monoclonal and bispecific IgG1 antibodies. mAbs, pp.1–12.