Combined detection of the ActRII-Fc fusion proteins Sotatercept (ActRIIA-Fc) and Luspatercept (modified ActRIIB-Fc) in serum by means of immunoaffinity purification, tryptic digestion, and LC-MS/MS

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Therapeutic proteins are a continuously growing class of pharmaceuticals and comprise several drug candidates with potential performance-enhancing properties. In particular, activin receptor competitors, such as the ActRII-Fc fusion proteins Sotatercept (ActRIIA-Fc) and Luspatercept (modified ActRIIB-Fc), have the potential for being misused as doping agents in sports as they were found to inhibit negative regulators of late-stage erythropoiesis. Within this study, ammonium sulfate precipitation, immunoaffinity purification, tryptic digestion, and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) were employed to develop an assay for the combined detection of Sotatercept and Luspatercept in doping control serum samples. The assay was optimized, comprehensively characterized, and found to be fit-for-purpose for application to sports drug testing. It complements existing tests for ActRII-Fc fusion proteins and expands the range of available detection methods for novel protein therapeutics.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDrug testing and analysis
Number of pages8
ISSN1942-7603
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Publication statusPublished - 04.10.2018

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