(523b) Systems Engineering N-Glycans of Recombinant Therapeutic Proteins Produced in Mammalian Cells
We have taken a systems engineering approach to engineer the glycosylation pathway in CHO cells to modulate the N-Glycan patterns in recombinant immunoglobulin G (IgG). Using a network visualization tool developed in our lab (GlycoVis) and a reaction network model to analyze the N-Glycan profile of a recombinant IgG, the potential limiting step of galactosylation was identified and the components of the glycosylation network, including glycan synthesis, nucleotide sugar synthesis and transporter were compiled. Transcript levels of the candidate genes were evaluated for the merit of genetic manipulation. Candidate genes, individually as well as in the form of cassettes of multiple genes with potential synergistic effects, were introduced into CHO for overexpression. Resulting N-Glycan patterns of recombinant protein produced in glycoengineered CHO cells were analyzed by HPLC using 2-AB labeling. Several gene construct gave the desired the results. The results also serve to refine the model parameters and sharpen its prediction. Such a systems approach will enhance our capability to steer N-Glycan patterns and enhance the control of the quality of therapeutic proteins.