PEGylation involves the formation of a stable covalent bond between activated poly (ethylene glycol) polymers and polypeptidic drugs and molecules. This process causes a change in protein hydrophobicity and results in variance between the obtained conjugates. Despite this, hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) is used less frequently for separation of PEGylation reaction products than other techniques. Separation of PEGylated conjugates of Ribonuclease A (RNase A) via HIC on monolithic supports was analysed in this work. The protein was PEGylated in the N-terminal amino group with 20 kDa methoxy poly (ethylene glycol) propionaldehyde.
A supernatant from Phanerochaete chrysosporium cultivation was loaded on CIM® QA Disk, and elution was effected by a linear gradient at a flow rate of 3 mL/min (9 CV/min). Baseline separation of isoenzymes H2, H6/H7, H8 and H10 was achieved in less than 3 minutes.