Development of peptide therapeutics generally involves screening of excipients that inhibit peptide-peptide interactions, hence aggregation, and improve peptide stability. We used the therapeutic peptide plectasin to develop a fast screening method that combines microscale thermophoresis titration assays and molecular dynamics simulations to relatively rank the excipients with respect to binding affinity and to study key peptide-excipient interaction hotspots on a molecular level, respectively. Additionally, 1H-13C-HSQC NMR titration experiments were performed to validate the fast screening approach. The NMR results are in qualitative agreement with results from the fast screening method demonstrating that this approach can be reliably applied to other peptides and proteins as a fast screening method to relatively rank excipients and predict possible excipient binding sites.
|Journal||European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2020|