ESPE Abstracts (2014) 82 P-D-1-3-164

Characterization of MOD-4023 Glycosylation, a CTP Modified Long Acting GH in Advanced Clinical Stages

Oren Herskovitz, Laura Moschovich, Rachel Guy, Yana Felikman & Eyal Fima


PROLOR Biotech, Nes Ziona, Israel


Background: Prolor Biotech, Inc. is a clinical stage public company developing long acting therapeutic proteins utilizing a technology called CTP. The technology involves fusion of the C-terminus peptide of hCG, which is a highly O-glycosylated peptide, to the target protein. Manufacturing process was developed to generate a reproducible highly glycosylated CTP-modified long-acting hGH (MOD-4023), which supports a single weekly injection in GH deficient patients. MOD-4023 is manufactured as a non-viscous liquid formulation.

Objective and hypotheses: Characterization of MOD-4023 drug substance glycosylation profile at different batches.

Methods: MOD-4023 characterization was carried out by applying various acceptable analytical methods including glycosylation profiling including O-glycan/sialic acid content and serine site occupancy.

Results: Glycoprofyling analysis of different batches shows that the major O-glycan structure in MOD-4023 is mono-sialylated core 1 with a comparable site occupancy of the O-glycans in MOD-4023 between different batches. Reproducible high levels at different GMP batches of O-glycan and sialic acid content were obtained. The high glycosylation levels contributes to the significant increased hydrodynamic volume of MOD-4023 as compared to recombinant hGH, which results in the elongated circulating time of MOD-4023.

Conclusion: MOD-4023 manufacturing process is robust, producing a highly O-glycosylated product. Based on these findings and combined with its excellent safety profile and significant prolonged GH activity MOD-4023 has the potential to replace the daily injections of hGH now required for the treatment of GH deficiency with a weekly regimen.

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