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Electrophoresis

Comparative studies on the analysis of urinary trypsin inhibitor (ulinastatin) preparations.


PMID 16786482

Abstract

Urinary trypsin inhibitor (ulinastatin) is a characteristic protein pharmaceutical which contains both glycosaminoglycans and N-linked glycans in its molecule and has been used for treatment of acute pancreatitis. The comparability of ulinastatin preparations of different lots or from different companies was studied by using conventional analytical approaches such as SDS-PAGE, cellulose acetate membrane electrophoresis, and HP size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) and also by using newly developed techniques such as CE and MALDI-TOF MS. The methods using SEC and SDS-PAGE according to The Japanese Pharmacopoeia showed similar molecular masses for two different preparations, and the estimated molecular masses were significantly different from those observed with MALDI-TOF MS. We also showed that the electrophoretic methods using cellulose acetate membrane electrophoresis and CE can be used for comparability assessments of ulinastatin preparations. In addition, we analyzed the unsaturated disaccharides derived from glycosaminoglycan (chondroitin 4-sulfate chain) and N-linked oligosaccharides attached to ulinastatin by CE after releasing them by enzymatic digestion followed by fluorescent labeling with 2-aminoacridone and 2-aminobenzoic acid, respectively. The results indicated that carbohydrate chains are important as markers for comparability assessments of ulinastatin pharmaceutical preparations.

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