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Xavier LeSaout, Matteo Costioli, Lynn Jordan, Jeremy Lambert, Ross Beighley, Laurel Provencher, Brian Gerwe, Kevin McGuire, Nico Verlinden, Andrew Barry
Small-scale protein purification presents opportunities for accelerated process development of biotherapeutic molecules. Miniaturization of purification conditions reduces time and allows for parallel processing of samples, thus offering increased statistical significance and greater breadth of variables. The ability of the miniaturized platform to be predictive of larger scale purification schemes is of critical importance. The PerkinElmer JANUS BioTx Pro and Pro-Plus workstations were developed as intuitive, flexible, and automated devices capable of performing parallel small-scale analytical protein purification...
March 2016: Engineering in Life Sciences
Laszlo Hajba, Eszter Csanky, Andras Guttman
Comprehensive carbohydrate analysis of glycoproteins from human biological samples and biotherapeutics are important from diagnostic and therapeutic points of view. This review summarizes the current state-of-the-art liquid phase separation techniques used in N-glycosylation analysis. The different liquid chromatographic techniques and capillary electrophoresis methods are critically discussed in detail. Miniaturization of these methods is also important to increase throughput and decrease analysis time. The sample preparation and labeling methods for asparagine linked oligosaccharides are also addressed...
November 2, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Lyne Jossé, Jianling Xie, Christopher Gregory Proud, C Mark Smales
Many protein-based biotherapeutics are produced in cultured Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell lines. Recent reports have demonstrated that translation of recombinant mRNAs and global control of the translation machinery via mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signalling are important determinants of the amount and quality of recombinant protein such cells can produce. mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) is a master regulator of cell growth/division, ribosome biogenesis and protein synthesis, but the relationship between mTORC1 signalling, cell growth and proliferation and recombinant protein yields from mammalian cells, and whether this master regulating signalling pathway can be manipulated to enhance cell biomass and recombinant protein production (rPP) are not well explored...
October 19, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Jessica Martin, Mark Wilcox
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Clostridium difficile infection has attained high prominence given its prevalence and impacts on patients and healthcare institutions. Multiple new approaches to the prevention and treatment of C. difficile infection (CDI) are undergoing clinical trials. RECENT FINDINGS: Bezlotoxumab is a monoclonal antibody against toxin B that has successfully completed phase III studies, demonstrating a significant reduction in recurrent CDI when given with standard of care antibiotics...
October 7, 2016: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
Francesca Deidda, Angela Amoruso, Serena Allesina, Marco Pane, Teresa Graziano, Mario Del Piano, Luca Mogna
GOALS: This study was undertaken to demonstrate the ability of Lactobacillus fermentum LF5 (DSM 32277) to inhibit in vitro different Candida species and Gardnerella vaginalis to weigh its potential effectiveness even in mixed vaginal infections. BACKGROUND: A wide female population is suffering from various vulvovaginal infections. These diseases are often associated with a decrease in the concentration of Lactobacilli in the vagina. Mixed vaginal infections represent >20% of women with vulvovaginal infection...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Valderilio Azevedo, Brian Hassett, João Eurico Fonseca, Tatsuya Atsumi, Javier Coindreau, Ira Jacobs, Ehab Mahgoub, Julie O'Brien, Ena Singh, Steven Vicik, Brian Fitzpatrick
The manufacture of biologics is a complex process involving numerous steps. Over time, differences may arise as a result of planned changes to the manufacturing processes of a biologic from the same manufacturer. Comparability is the regulatory process that outlines the scope of an assessment required of an already licensed biologic after a manufacturing process change made by the same manufacturer. The aim of a comparability assessment is to demonstrate that any pre-manufacturing and post-manufacturing changes have no adverse impact on quality, safety, and efficacy of the biologic...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
W Meschendoerfer, C Gassner, F Lipsmeier, J T Regula, J Moelleken
The increasing complexity of novel biotherapeutics such as bispecific antibodies or fusion proteins raises new challenges for functional characterization. When compared to standard antibodies, two individual interactions and the inter-dependency of binding events need to be considered for bispecific antibodies. We have previously described an SPR-based assay setup, which enables us to assess the binding activity of a bivalent-bispecific molecule to both targets simultaneously and - in addition to one individual target - in a single setup...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Lei Wang
The genetic code can be expanded to include unnatural amino acids (Uaas) by engineering orthogonal components involved in protein translation. To be compatible with live cells, side chains of Uaas have been limited to either chemically inert or bio-orthogonal (i.e., nonreactive toward biomolecules) functionalities. To introduce bioreactivity into live systems, the genetic code has recently been engineered to encode a new class of Uaas, the bioreactive Uaas. These Uaas, after being incorporated into proteins, specifically react with target natural amino acid residues via proximity-enabled bioreactivity, enabling the selective formation of new covalent linkages within and between proteins both in vitro and in live systems...
October 6, 2016: New Biotechnology
Jandhyam Srikanth, Rathinasamy Agalyadevi, Ponnusamy Babu
The site-specific quantitation of N- and O-glycosylation is vital to understanding the function(s) of different glycans expressed at a given site of a protein under physiological and disease conditions. Most commonly used precursor ion intensity based quantification method is less accurate and other labeled methods are expensive and require enrichment of glycopeptides. Here, we used glycopeptide product (y and Y0) ions and (18)O-labeling of C-terminal carboxyl group as a strategy to obtain quantitative information about fold-change and relative abundance of most of the glycoforms attached to the glycopeptides...
October 6, 2016: Glycoconjugate Journal
Carlos H Villa, Douglas B Cines, Don L Siegel, Vladimir Muzykantov
Red blood cells (RBCs) are innate carriers that can also be engineered to improve the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of many drugs, particularly biotherapeutics. Successful loading of drugs, both internally and on the external surface of RBCs, has been demonstrated for many drugs including anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antithrombotic agents. Methods for internal loading of drugs within RBCs are now entering clinical use. Although internal loading can result in membrane disruption that may compromise biocompatibility, surface loading using either affinity or chemical ligands offers a diverse set of approaches for the production of RBC drug carriers...
August 17, 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Caitlin E Mullarkey, Mark J Bailey, Diana A Golubeva, Gene S Tan, Raffael Nachbagauer, Wenqian He, Kyle E Novakowski, Dawn M Bowdish, Matthew S Miller, Peter Palese
: Broadly neutralizing antibodies that recognize the conserved hemagglutinin (HA) stalk have emerged as exciting new biotherapeutic tools to combat seasonal and pandemic influenza viruses. Our general understanding of the mechanisms by which stalk-specific antibodies achieve protection is rapidly evolving. It has recently been demonstrated that broadly neutralizing HA stalk-specific IgG antibodies require Fc-Fcγ receptor (FcγR) interactions for optimal protection in vivo Here we examine the neutrophil effector functions induced by stalk-specific antibodies...
October 4, 2016: MBio
R Leonardi, R-E Perrotta, L-E Almeida, C Loreto, G Musumeci
To understand the molecular basis of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pathologies, we aimed to investigate the lubricin levels in the TMJ synovial fluid (SF) of patients with mild to severe internal derangements (IDs)._Material and Methods: A total, 34 joints were the study group. Only patients, with a Wilkes stage of III, IV and V were included, in this sample. Control group consisted of SF from eight joints, from patients undergoing to orthognatic surgery. Concentrations of lubricin in the SF from both samples were measured using ELISA system...
October 1, 2016: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal
Jyoti Batra, Anurag S Rathore
Protein based therapeutics have started to dominate the pharmaceutical landscape primarily due to the high efficacy that they have demonstrated against complex diseases. Despite the significant success, issues with regards to safety, efficacy and quality of biotherapeutics have been a point of considerable debate and concern among the various stakeholders. The correlation between the glycoform profile and the safety and efficacy of a drug, in particular, has garnered significant attention of researchers worldwide...
September 27, 2016: Biotechnology Progress
Timothy M Pabst, Michaela Wendeler, Xiangyang Wang, Sandra Bezemer, Pim Hermans, Alan K Hunter
Interest in new and diverse classes of molecules such as recombinant toxins, enzymes, and blood factors continues to grow for use a biotherapeutics. Compared to monoclonal antibodies, these novel drugs typically lack a commercially available affinity chromatography option, which leads to greater process complexity, longer development timelines, and poor platformability. To date, for both monoclonal antibodies and novel molecules, affinity chromatography has been mostly reserved for separation of process-related impurities such as host cell proteins and DNA...
September 27, 2016: Biotechnology Journal
Sean L Kitson, Vincenzo Cuccurullo, Andrea Ciarmiello, Luigi Mansi
Radionuclide antibody conjugates (RACs) and antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) can function as biotherapeutic missiles in order to target cancer cells and destroy them. The advent of new technology platforms consisting of imaging modalities, drug design and radiochemistry will facilitate the personalised approach for cancer patient treatment programmes. The utilisation of radionuclides and cytotoxic drugs conjugated to biovectors can deliver a cytotoxic drug payload with the ability to emit alpha and/or beta particles in the vicinity of the tumour by binding onto the cancer cells surface antigens initiating cell death...
September 26, 2016: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
Luiz Ricardo Goulart, Paula Souza Santos, Ana Paula Carneiro, Barbara Brasil Santana, Antonio C R Valinotto, Thaise Gonçalves Araújo
BACKGROUND: The identification of combinatorial antibodies against many different targets in oncology, autoimmune, inflammatory and infectious diseases has uncovered novel strategies to control and prevent diseases' onset and progression, and represents the fastest growing market for the pharmaceutical industry. Phage Display has been successfully used in the identification of unknown targets, which combines shotgun approaches with high throughput selection schemes. METHODS: This specific review covers many aspects of combinatorial phage display technology starting from antibody selection strategies to its redesign for application purposes...
September 23, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Bin Deng, Cristina Lento, Derek J Wilson
Protein therapeutics have emerged as a major class of biopharmaceuticals over the past several decades, a trend that has motivated the advancement of bioanalytical technologies for protein therapeutic characterization. Hydrogen deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HDX-MS) is a powerful and sensitive technique that can probe the higher order structure of proteins and has been used in the assessment and development of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) and biosimilar antibodies. It has also been used to quantify protein-ligand, protein-receptor and other protein-protein interactions involved in signaling pathways...
October 12, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
David A Hess, Katherine M Strelau, Anju Karki, Mei Jiang, Ana C Azevedo-Pouly, Ann-Hwee Lee, Tye G Deering, Chinh Q Hoang, Raymond J MacDonald, Stephen F Konieczny
Transcriptional networks that govern secretory cell specialization, including instructing cells to develop a unique cytoarchitecture, amass extensive protein synthesis machinery, and be embodied to respond to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, remain largely uncharacterized. In this study, we discovered that the secretory cell transcription factor MIST1 (Bhlha15), previously shown to be essential for cytoskeletal organization and secretory activity, also functions as a potent ER stress-inducible transcriptional regulator...
September 19, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Yanmei Lu, Leslie A Khawli, Shobha Purushothama, Frank-Peter Theil, Michael A Partridge
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2016: Journal of Immunology Research
Austin Wt Chiang, Shangzhong Li, Philipp N Spahn, Anne Richelle, Chih-Chung Kuo, Mojtaba Samoudi, Nathan E Lewis
Diverse glycans on proteins impact cell and organism physiology, along with drug activity. Since many protein-based biotherapeutics are glycosylated and these glycans have biological activity, there is a desire to engineer glycosylation for recombinant protein-based biotherapeutics. Engineered glycosylation can impact the recombinant protein efficacy and also influence many cell pathways by first changing glycan-protein interactions and consequently modulating disease physiologies. However, its complexity is enormous...
September 14, 2016: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
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