Purification, Characterization and Plasma Half-Life of PEGylated Soluble Recombinant Non-HA-Binding CD44
Background and Objectives
The aim of this study was to increase the serum half-life of recombinant CD44 hyaluronan (HA) binding domain by PEGylation. We have previously found that recombinant soluble CD44 HA binding domain (CD44HABD) and its non-HA-binding triple mutant CD44HABDR41AY78SY79S (CD44-3MUT) inhibits angiogenesis and subcutaneous tumor growth. However, this ~12 kDa recombinant protein displays a high serum clearance rate.
Here, we report the purification of monomeric CD44-3MUT from urea solubilized inclusion bodies using weak anion exchange chromatography and gel filtration. To increase the serum residence time of CD44-3MUT we PEGylated the resulting protein using 20 kDa methoxy-PEG-propionaldehyde.
PEGylation of CD44-3MUT prolonged its in vivo serum half-life about 70-fold from 0.03 to 1.8 hours. Along with extended plasma residence time, PEGylation also increased the systemic exposure. By cell impedance assay we confirmed that PEGylated CD44-3MUT maintained its in vitro function. The results from the impedance assay additionally demonstrate that the CD44-3MUT effect on endothelial cells is mediated by vimentin.
In summary, we have developed a purification protocol for large-scale production of CD44-3MUT and generated a PEGylated form of CD44-3MUT. HA binding domain of CD44(CD44HABD) and its modified non-HA binding form (CD44-3MUT) inhibit angiogenesis and tumor growth in vivo without disturbing HA-binding functions. CD44-3MUT has been PEGylated for use as a new type of anti-angiogenic human drug. PEGylation of CD44-3MUT improved pharmacokinetic properties but retains its functional activity.
Area under curve
Initial plasma protein concentration
CD44 hyaluronan binding domain
Non-hyaluronan binding mutant of CD44HABD–CD44HABDR41AR78SY79S
Total body clearance
Flow through fraction
Gel filtration chromatography
CD44-3MUT GST-fusion protein
Initial dose of injected protein
Ion exchange chromatography
Mouse lung endothelial cells
Percent of total body weight
Volume of distribution
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