Analysis of recombinant human growth hormone by capillary electrophoresis with bilayer-coated capillaries using UV and MS detection.J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 2007 Jun 01; 852(1-2):160-6.JC
The characterization of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH; somatropin) by capillary electrophoresis (CE) with UV-absorbance and mass spectrometric (MS) detection using capillaries noncovalently coated with polybrene (PB) and poly(vinyl sulfonic acid) (PVS) is demonstrated. Compared with bare fused-silica capillaries, PB-PVS coated capillaries yielded more favorable migration-time reproducibilities and higher separation efficiencies. Optimal separation conditions for the bilayer-coated capillaries comprised a background electrolyte (BGE) of 400 mM Tris phosphate (pH 8.5) yielding migration-time R.S.D.s of less than 1.0% and plate numbers above 300,000 for intact rhGH. The protein was also analyzed using the CE method described in the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) monograph. The pharmacopoeial method gave much longer analysis times (22 min versus 8 min), lower resolution and plate numbers, and consecutive shifts in migration time for rhGH, indicating possible interactions between the protein and the inner capillary wall. Due to stable migration times obtained with the coated capillaries, reliable profiling and quantification of rhGH and its byproducts in time was possible. Analysis of thermally degraded rhGH revealed the formation of two main degradation products. CE-mass spectrometry (MS) of this sample, using a PB-PVS coated capillary and a BGE of 75 mM ammonium formate (pH 8.5), suggests that these products are desamido forms of rhGH. Analyses of expired rhGH preparations with CE-UV and CE-MS indicated the presence of both deamidation and oxidation products.