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A new approach to quantification of mAb aggregates using peptide affinity probes



Crystal Cheung, Kyle Anderson, Pooja Patel, Keale Cade, Karen W. Phinney, Illarion Turko


Using mAbs as therapeutic molecules is complicated by the propensity of mAbs to aggregate at elevated concentrations, which can lead to a variety of adverse events in treatment. Here, we describe a proof-of-concept for new methodology to detect and quantify mAb aggregation. Assay development included using an aggregated mAb as bait for screening of phage display peptide library and identifying those peptides with random sequence which can recognize mAb aggregates. Once identified, the selected peptides can be used for developing quantitative methods to assess mAb aggregation. Results indicate that a peptide binding method coupled with mass spectrometric detection of bound peptide can quantify mAb aggregation and potentially be useful for monitoring aggregation propensity of therapeutic protein candidates.
Nature - Scientific Reports


mAbs, aggregation, NISTmAb, quantification, mass spectrometry, peptide phage display


Cheung, C. , Anderson, K. , Patel, P. , Cade, K. , Phinney, K. and Turko, I. (2017), A new approach to quantification of mAb aggregates using peptide affinity probes, Nature - Scientific Reports, [online],, (Accessed July 17, 2024)


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Created February 9, 2017, Updated October 12, 2021