Host Cell Protein Analysis

Identify and quantify host cell protein contaminants

Host cell proteins (HCPs) are low-level, process-related protein impurities in drug products derived from the host organism during biotherapeutic manufacturing. During expression of a recombinant protein drug, host cell systems can express many endogenous proteins. Purification of the drug from these HCP contaminants can be challenging, with low-level contamination remaining after purification. Host cell proteins (HCPs) accompanied with recombinant biotherapeutics can significantly affect drug efficacy and cause immunogenicity. Detection and quantification of residual HCPs as potential process-related impurities is critical for biopharmaceutical companies in accordance with regulatory agency guidelines (ICH Q6B).

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Choose an instrument for host cell protein analysis

  Orbitrap Exploris 480 Mass Spectrometer Orbitrap Eclipse Tribrid Mass Spectrometer Orbitrap Fusion Lumos Tribrid Mass Spectrometer Q Exactive BioPharma Platform
  Orbitrap Exploris 480 Mass Spectrometer Orbitrap Eclipse Tribrid Mass Spectrometer Orbitrap Fusion Lumos Tribrid Mass Spectrometer Q Exactive BioPharma Platform
Advantages Extraordinary simplified within a compact footprint where next level exploration delivers quantifiable accuracy and the selectivity required to comprehensively identify and quantify host cell protein contaminants. Go beyond today's discovery with new innovations that deliver the ultimate flexibility to expand your host cell protein analysis workflows whilst providing the highest data quality and confidence. Test new limits of detection, characterization, and quantitation of host cell proteins at trace PPM levels in complex biopharmaceutical drugs. Realize complete BioPharma characterization and identify, quantify and confirm more host cell proteins rapidly and with confidence.
Resolving power 480,000 at m/z 195 7,500-500,000 FWHM at m/z 200 (1M option) 7,500-500,000 FWHM at m/z 200 (1M option) Up to 240,000 at m/z 200
Scan speed Up to 40Hz Up to 40Hz Up to 40Hz 18Hz
Mass range 40 to 6,000 m/z (up to 8,000 m/z with the BioPharma option) 50 to 6,000 (up to 8,000 with HMRn) 50 to 6,000 50 to 8,000 m/z
Dynamic range >5000:1 >5000 with a single OTMS spectrum >5,000 with a single OTMS spectrum >5000:1
Mass accuracy Internal <1 ppm RMS; External: <3 ppm RMS Internal <1 ppm RMS; External: <3 ppm RMS Internal <1 ppm RMS; External: <3 ppm RMS Internal <1 ppm RMS; External: <3 ppm RMS

Proteome Discoverer Software
Confidently identify host cell protein contaminants

Use Thermo Scientific Proteome Discoverer software to access multiple database search algorithms (SEQUEST, ZCore, Mascot, etc.) to confidently identify production related protein impurities down to low PPM levels and validate protein IDs with false discovery rate (FDR) determination.

Use store and manage libraries for all database searching requirements, including custom libraries based on your cell lines.


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