A Fluorescence-Based High-Throughput Coupled Enzymatic Assay for Quantitation of Isoaspartate in Proteins and Peptides
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Formation of isoaspartate (IsoAsp) from spontaneous asparagine (Asn) deamidation or aspartate (Asp) isomerization is one of the most common non-enzymatic pathways of chemical degradation of protein and peptide pharmaceuticals. Rapid quantitation of IsoAsp formation can enable rank-ordering of potential drug candidates, mutants, and formulations as well as support shelf life prediction and stability requirements. A coupled enzymatic fluorescence-based IsoAsp assay (CEFIA) was developed as a high-throughput method for quantitation of IsoAsp in peptides and proteins. In this note, application of this method to two therapeutic candidate proteins with distinct structural scaffolds is described. In addition, the results obtained with this method are compared to those from conventional assays.
Keywordsdeamidation fluorescence high-throughput isoaspartate protein stability
Coupled enzymatic fluorescence-based IsoAsp assay
Tryptic peptide mapping