Improved detection of variants in recombinant human interferon alpha-2a products by reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography on a core-shell stationary phase.

TitleImproved detection of variants in recombinant human interferon alpha-2a products by reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography on a core-shell stationary phase.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsLi Y, Rao C, Tao L, Wang J, Lorbetskie B, Girard M
JournalJournal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis
Volume88
Pagination123-9
Date Published2014 Jan
Abstract

The detection of variants is one of the important aspects in quality control of recombinant DNA drugs. In this study, a gradient reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) method with fluorescence detection is described for the separation of interferon alpha-2a (rhIFN α-2a) from several product related variants. The methodology employed a core-shell C18 column with a linear gradient elution of 0.2% (v/v) trifluoroacetic acid (TFA)-acetonitrile (ACN) at 1.0mL/min, and the temperature of the column was maintained at 60°C. The method was validated in terms of linearity, sensitivity, intra- and inter-day variations. Compared to the European Pharmacopeia RP-HPLC method of rhIFN α-2a analysis, this new method can separate N-methionylated variant in both drug substance and finished product, and analyze the variants in untreated, oxidized sample and slightly degraded samples more efficiently. In conclusion the method has an improved capability to detect variants in rhIFN α-2a products.

DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0074635
Alternate JournalJ Pharm Biomed Anal