UHPLC Analysis of immunoglobulins with TSKgel ® UP-SW3000 sec columns

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  • Columns: TSKgel UP-SW3000 (P/N 0023449), 2 μm Competitor Protein SEC Column, 1.7 μm
  • Column size: 4.6 mm ID x 15 cm
  • Eluent: 100 mmol/L phosphate buffer (pH 6.7) + 100 mmol/L sodium sulfate + 0.05% NaN 3
  • Flow rate: 0.35 mL/min
  • Temperature: 25 °C
  • Detection: UV @ 280 nm, micro flow cell
  • Sample (Calibration): 1. thyroglobulin, 640,000 Da (1’ thyroglobulin dimer); 2. γ-globulin, 155,000 Da (2’ γ-globulin dimer); 3. ovalbumin, 47,000 Da; 4. ribonuclease A, 13,700 Da; 5. p-aminobenzoic acid, 137 Da
  • Inj. Volume: 5 μL
  • Sample (mAb Analysis): therapeutic mAb (mouse-human chimeric) 1: trimer; 2: dimer; 3: monomer ; 4: fragment
  • Inj. Volume: 10 μL


Figure 1 shows the calibration curves of the new TSKgel UP-SW 3000 2 μm column and a commercially available 1.7 micron UHPLC column.
The calibration of TSKgel UP-SW3000 shows a shallower slope in the region of the molecular weight of γ-globulin. These differences in the separation range and steepness of the curves are related to a slight difference in pore size (25 nm for TSKgel versus 20 nm for the 1.7 μm material).
The separation of an antibody sample on the new 2 μm packing compared to the competitor UHPLC column is depicted in figure 2 .
The difference in pore sizes results in a better separation in the molecular weight range of antibodies, fragments and aggregates. Based on the wider separation window the resolution between monomer and dimer as well as dimer and trimer is slightly higher with TSKgel UP-SW3000 although particle size is slightly larger than in the competitor column. Moreover, also the fragment peak is more clearly separated from the monomer peak.


TSKgel UP-SW 3000 is ideally suited for the analysis of aggregate and fragment contents of antibody preparations.
It features the same pore size as the renowned TSKgel G3000SWXL and TSKgel Super mAb columns while improving resolution through a smaller particle size.
Based on the optimized pore size and the high degree of porosity the resolution in the molecular weight range of immunoglobulins is even superior to a competitive UHPLC column with slightly smaller particle and pore size.
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