Abstract：OBJECTIVE To validate the HILIC-UPLC method for N-glycan profile analysis of therapeutic antibodies. METHODS The interlaboratory method validation was performed according to ICH_Q2_R1 guideline and general principles of China Pharmacopoeia (2015 edition) 9101. The validation items included specificity, linearity, accuracy, precision, quantitation limit, range and robustness. RESULTS The method showed good specificity, accuracy, precision and robustness, and showed a good linearity at a protein range from 100 to 400 μg. The r2 of linear regression equation was above 0.98, and the recoveries were between 86% and 117%. Both the RSDs of peak area percentage and retention time were below 10%, which indicated good precision. The lower quantitation limit of the method was 0.040%, and the range was from 0.040% to 78.751%, which means that single peak at this range could be quantified accurately. Furthermore, robustness evaluation under a series of conditions showed that this method was robust, where the RSD of peak area percentage was below 5% and RSD of retention time was below 1%. CONCLUSION Interlaboratory validation of HILIC-UPLC provides a methodological verification basis for the improvement of Chinese Pharmacopoeia standards.
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