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Stability of Proteins in Carbohydrates and Other Additives during Freezing: The Human Growth Hormone as a Case Study

Stability of Proteins in Carbohydrates and Other Additives during Freezing: The Human Growth Hormone as a Case Study
Andrea Arsiccio, Roberto Pisano
Molecular dynamics is here used to elucidate the mechanism of protein stabilization by carbohydrates and other additives during freezing. More specifically, we used molecular dynamics simulations to obtain a quantitative estimation of the capability of various cryoprotectants to preserve a model protein, the human growth hormone, against freezing stresses. Three mechanisms were investigated, preferential exclusion, water replacement, and vitrification. Model simulations were finally validated upon experimental data in terms of the ability of excipients to prevent protein aggregation. Overall, we found that the preferential exclusion and vitrification mechanisms are important during the whole freezing process, while water replacement becomes dominant only toward the end of the cryoconcentration phase. The disaccharides were found to be the most efficient excipients, in regard to both preferential exclusion and water replacement. Moreover, sugars were in general more efficient than other excipients, such as glycine or sorbitol.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b05541

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b05541

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