Stability of protein pharmaceuticals: an update

Pharm Res. 2010 Apr;27(4):544-75. doi: 10.1007/s11095-009-0045-6. Epub 2010 Feb 9.


In 1989, Manning, Patel, and Borchardt wrote a review of protein stability (Manning et al., Pharm. Res. 6:903-918, 1989), which has been widely referenced ever since. At the time, recombinant protein therapy was still in its infancy. This review summarizes the advances that have been made since then regarding protein stabilization and formulation. In addition to a discussion of the current understanding of chemical and physical instability, sections are included on stabilization in aqueous solution and the dried state, the use of chemical modification and mutagenesis to improve stability, and the interrelationship between chemical and physical instability.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Drug Stability
  • Humans
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / chemistry*
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / metabolism*
  • Protein Stability
  • Proteins / chemistry*
  • Proteins / metabolism*


  • Pharmaceutical Preparations
  • Proteins