Pharmaceutical Research

, Volume 21, Issue 7, pp 1087–1093 | Cite as

Opalescent Appearance of an IgG1 Antibody at High Concentrations and Its Relationship to Noncovalent Association

  • Muppalla Sukumar
  • Brandon L. Doyle
  • Jessica L. Combs
  • Allen H. Pekar
Article

Abstract

Purpose. Therapeutic antibodies are often formulated at a high concentration where they may have an opalescent appearance. The aim of this study is to understand the origin of this opalescence, especially its relationship to noncovalent association and physical stability.

Methods. The turbidity and the association state of an IgG1 antibody were investigated as a function of concentration and temperature using static and dynamic light scattering, nephelometric turbidity, and analytical ultracentrifugation.

Results. The antibody had increasingly opalescent appearance in the concentration range 5-50 mg/ml. The opalescence was greater at refrigerated temperature but was readily reversible upon warming to room temperature. Turbidity measured at 25°C was linear with concentration, as expected for Rayleigh scatter in the absence of association. In the concentration range 1-50 mg/ml, the weight average molecular weights were close to that expected for a monomer. Zimm plot analysis of the data yielded a negative second virial coefficient, indicative of attractive solute-solute interactions. The hydrodynamic diameter was independent of concentration and remained unchanged as a function of aging at room temperature.

Conclusions. The results indicate that opalescent appearance is not due to self-association but is a simple consequence of Rayleigh scatter. Opalescent appearance did not result in physical instability.

light scattering protein aggregation protein formulation reversible association turbidity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muppalla Sukumar
    • 1
  • Brandon L. Doyle
    • 1
  • Jessica L. Combs
    • 1
  • Allen H. Pekar
    • 1
  1. 1.Biopharmaceutical Research and DevelopmentEli Lilly and CompanyIndianapolisUSA

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