Translating antibody-binding peptides into peptoid ligands with improved affinity and stability.

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A great number of protein-binding peptides are known and utilized as drugs, diagnostic reagents, and affinity ligands. Recently, however, peptide mimetics have been proposed as valuable alternative to peptides by virtue of their excellent biorecognition activity and higher biochemical stability. This poses the need to develop a strategy for translating known protein-binding peptides into peptoid analogues with comparable or better affinity. This work proposes a route for translation utilizing the IgG-binding peptide HWRGWV as reference sequence. An ensemble of peptoid analogues of HWRGWV were produced by adjusting the number and sequence arrangement of residues containing functional groups that resemble both natural and non-natural amino acids. The variants were initially screened via IgG binding tests in non-competitive mode to select candidate ligands. A set of selected peptoids were studied in silico by docking onto putative binding sites identified on the crystal structures of human IgG1 , IgG2 , IgG3 , and IgG4 subclasses, returning values of predicted binding energy that aligned well with the binding data. Selected peptoids PL-16 and PL-22 were further characterized by binding isotherm analysis to determine maximum capacity (Qmax ˜ 48-57 mg of IgG per mL of adsorbent) and binding strength on solid phase (KD ˜ 5.4-7.8 10-7 M). Adsorbents PL-16-Workbeads and PL-22-Workbeads were used for purifying human IgG from a cell culture supernatant added with bovine serum, affording high values of IgG recovery (up to 85%) and purity (up to 98%) under optimized binding and elution conditions. Both peptoid ligands also proved to be stable against proteolytic enzymes and strong alkaline agents. Collectively, these studies form a method guiding the design of peptoid variants of cognate peptide ligands, and help addressing the challenges that, despite the structural similarity, the peptide-to-peptoid translation presents.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bordelon, T; Bobay, B; Murphy, A; Reese, H; Shanahan, C; Odeh, F; Broussard, A; Kormos, C; Menegatti, S

Published Date

  • September 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1602 /

Start / End Page

  • 284 - 299

PubMed ID

  • 31230875

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-3778

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9673

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.chroma.2019.05.047


  • eng