Purification of Antibody Fragments via Hydrophobic Interactions


The importance of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) as therapeutic agents is steadily increasing, and each year nearly 300 novel mAbs are being evaluated for their therapeutic effectivity. Interest has also been expressed in the use of antibody fragments as therapeutic agents. The physiochemical properties of the fragments differ significantly from that of intact antibodies, and the fragments can more easily be coupled to dyes, toxins and vesicles for diagnostic purposes, cancer therapy and improved drug delivery, respectively.
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Analytical Methods to Monitor Site-Specific ADC Generation with GlyCLICK®


Scientists at the University of Strasbourg and University of Geneva use innovative native MS and IM methodologies for analytical characterization of a site-specific ADC generated with the GlyCLICK technology.

 

Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) combine the benefits of tumor-targeting monoclonal antibodies with the cytotoxic effect of drug payloads covalently linked to the antibody. The ADC generation process has evolved from non-selective and uncontrolled conjugation in early generation products, to site-specific conjugation resulting in homogenous and well-defined ADCs. Conjugation at the antibody Fc glycan sites using the GlyCLICK technology has proven to be an attractive option for the generation of site-specific ADCs.
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Middle-up Analysis of Monoclonal Antibodies using FabRICATOR®


With their molecular specificity for biological targets, monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have revolutionized the field of research and medicine. Due to numerous post-translational modifications causing heterogeneity in the structure of mAbs, a comprehensive characterization of the physiochemical properties is necessary to ensure the quality, efficacy and safety of mAb-based therapeutic drugs.
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IgG Proteases for Gene Therapy Applications

June 16, 2021 | Applications |

The development and successful commercialization of gene therapy technologies as new treatments have spurred great interest and investments in this field of research. Many challenges remain to be solved to establish gene therapy as a mainstream line of treatment, but there are currently many promising and life-changing gene therapy programs in preclinical and clinical development. Preexisting antibodies against the capsid of adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors is a major challenge for many gene therapies that could block uptake and limit the transduction of the new genetic material. The anti-AAV antibodies are prevalent both in humans and preclinical disease models. In patient populations, up to 50% of the patients could be excluded from treatment due to high titers of anti-AAV antibodies. Several strategies are explored to reduce the antibody response, once such is enzymatic pretreatment using IgG-specific proteases.
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FabALACTICA Facilitates the Structural Insight into SARS-CoV-2 Neutralizing Antibodies


The first steps of infection with SARS-CoV-2 is binding of a viral Spike protein to a host receptor angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), followed by fusion of viral and host membranes. Antibodies that block this interaction are emerging as early COVID-19 therapies, however, the neutralization potencies of the antibodies are less studied.
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New Application Note on Antibody Oxidation Analysis


A Rapid LC-MS Assay for Monitoring of mAb Oxidation at the Subunit Level
 
Methionine oxidation is considered a critical quality attribute of therapeutic antibodies and may impact the clinical safety and efficacy. Therefore, monitoring of methionine oxidations is required during the discovery, development, and production of therapeutic antibodies. Traditional methods to characterize oxidation rely on tryptic peptide mapping and LC-MS, a labor intensive and time- consuming process that generates large data sets and requires trained and skilled manual interpretations.
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Launching New Anti-FabRICATOR Formats!

May 7, 2021 | New Product, News |

We are happy to announce two new affinity purified antibody formats for detecting the FabRICATOR enzyme!
 
The Anti-FabRICATOR Affinity Purified is an affinity purified goat polyclonal antibody and
the Anti-FabRICATOR Affinity Purified Biotin Conjugated is an affinity purified and biotin-conjugated goat polyclonal antibody.
 
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Characterization of SARS-CoV-2 Receptor-Binding Domains using SmartEnzymes™


Scientists at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) present a multilevel mass spectrometry approach using SmartEnzymes for in-depth characterization of mammalian SARS-CoV-2 receptor-binding (RBD) domains.

 

The COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus has affected more that 100 million individuals in the ongoing pandemic. The enveloped RNA corona virus contains three structural proteins in the membrane, including the heavily glycosylated spike protein carrying 22 N-glycosylation sites. The spike protein in turn consists of two subunits, S1 and S2, where the receptor-binding domain (RBD) of S1 directly interacts with the ACE2 receptor in the human respiratory tract and facilitates host cell entry. Considering the relevance of RBD glycosylation on ACE2 binding and recognition by neutralizing antibodies, the use of well-characterized S proteins is essential for continued research and development of diagnostic tools and vaccines.

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FabRICATOR in an Evaluation of Mobile-phase Additives for LC-MS Characterization of mAbs


Biopharmaceuticals, including monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), have become an important class of therapeutics. The manufacturing procedure of mAbs is complex, and many possible variants of a particular mAb can be generated as a result of enzymatical and chemical modifications. Some of these modifications are critical for the efficacy and safety of the therapeutic mAb and are known as critical quality attributes (CQAs). CQAs need to be thoroughly monitored to ensure the quality and safety of the therapeutic agent.

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Genovis Teams up with Waters to Deliver Enzymatic Workflows for the Biopharma Industry


The new collaboration between Genovis and Waters Corporation is intended to bring fast and easy analytical workflows for biopharmaceuticals by combining the SmartEnzymes™ portfolio from Genovis with the unique instrumentation from Waters™. The lab work has already started, and we got a quick word with Andreas Nägeli, one of the scientists at Genovis contributing to this collaboration.

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