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AAPS J. 2010 Mar;12(1):98-106. doi: 10.1208/s12248-009-9165-5. Epub 2009 Dec 15.

Prevalence and isotypic complexity of the anti-Chinese hamster ovary host cell protein antibodies in normal human serum.

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Global Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics and Metabolism - New Biological Entities, Pfizer (formally Drug Safety and Metabolism, Wyeth Research), Andover, Massachusetts 01810, USA. xuel2@wyeth.com

Abstract

Host cell-derived protein impurities may be present at low levels in biopharmaceutical products. Antibodies to host cell proteins are present in individuals with no known exposure to these products. In this study, antibodies to drug process-specific Chinese hamster ovary host cell-derived proteins (CHO-HCP) were measured in unexposed individuals using a validated enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Samples that tested positive for anti-CHO-HCP reactivity were further characterized to determine the isotypes and IgG subclasses expressed in each positive individual. The specificity of the detected anti-CHO-HCP antibody isotypes was confirmed by the competitive inhibition assay and the uncoated plate specificity testing. These antibody characterization experiments revealed that the prevalent anti-CHO-HCP antibody subclasses were predominantly IgG1 (present in 66.6% of individuals) and IgG2 (60%), with 33.3% positive for IgG3 while IgG4 was detected in low abundance. Forty percent (40%) of the individuals with IgG type reactivity were also identified as IgM-positive. Anti-CHO-HCP-specific IgE was not detected in the assays used in this study. Some individuals exhibited single isotype anti-CHO-HCP reactivity; others contained a combination of multiple antibody isotypes. Data presented in this study demonstrate the isotypic complexity and the high prevalence of anti-CHO-HCP antibodies in human serum with no known exposure to CHO cell-derived therapeutic biologics.

PMID:
20013082
PMCID:
PMC2811637
DOI:
10.1208/s12248-009-9165-5
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