Impact of Glycosylation on the Comparability of the Higher-Order Structures in Idursulfase by Hydrogen-Deuterium Exchange Mass Spectrometry

Anal Chem. 2020 Jun 16;92(12):8306-8314. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.0c00661. Epub 2020 Jun 2.


Characterization of the higher-order structures in idursulfase (iduronate-2-sulfatase, I2S) has been accomplished through the use of hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HDX-MS). The method has over 97% sequence coverage, including seven of the eight glycosylation sites, and has been used to study the impact of glycosylation on backbone proton exchange. In addition, the method adapted a well-used biophysical spectra comparison method (similarity scoring) to define quantitative acceptance criteria for analytical comparability of different batches of drug substance as well as samples with modulated glycans. Differences in the HDX profile were induced by enzymatic removal of terminal sialic and phosphate groups on negatively charged glycans. These differences were mapped to the crystal structure and demonstrated synergistic HDX changes focused around the N221 and N255 glycosylation sites, which contain mannose-6-phosphate motifs important for I2S uptake into cells.