Fluorescent molecular rotors as dyes to characterize polysorbate-containing IgG formulations

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Journal Article


Pharm Res, Volume 27, Number 2, pp. 314-26 (2010)


1573-904X (Electronic)07

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PURPOSE: The aim was to evaluate fluorescent molecular rotors (DCVJ and CCVJ), which are mainly sensitive to viscosity, for the characterization of polysorbate-containing IgG formulations and compare them to the polarity-sensitive dyes ANS, Bis-ANS and Nile Red. METHODS: IgG formulations with polysorbate 20 or 80 were stressed below the aggregation temperature and analyzed by steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence and by HP-SEC with UV and fluorescent dye detection (Bis-ANS and CCVJ). Furthermore, commercial protein preparations of therapeutic proteins (Enbrel 50 mg, Humira 40 mg and MabThera 100 mg) were aggregated accordingly and analyzed with CCVJ fluorescence and HP-SEC. RESULTS: Contrarily to (Bis-)ANS and Nile Red, the molecular rotors DCVJ and CCVJ showed low background fluorescence in polysorbate-containing buffers. Time-resolved fluorescence experiments confirmed the steady-state fluorescence data. Both DCVJ and CCVJ showed enhanced fluorescence intensity for aggregated IgG formulations and were suitable for the characterization of polysorbate-containing IgG formulations in steady-state fluorescence and HP-SEC with dye detection (CCVJ). CCVJ was capable of detecting thermally induced aggregation in the commercial polysorbate-containing products Enbrel 50 mg, Humira 40 mg and MabThera 100 mg. CONCLUSION: Fluorescent molecular rotors are suitable probes to detect aggregation in polysorbate-containing IgG formulations.