Vanja Smilović

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The covalent attachment of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) to therapeutic proteins is a commonly used approach for extending in vivo half-lives. A potential limitation of this PEGylation strategy is the adverse effect of PEG on conjugate viscosity. Interferon-alpha (IFN) was conjugated via its N-terminal amino group by reductive amination to α-aldehyde(More)
In modern production of protein biopharmaceuticals, a good screening and selection method of high-producing clones can dramatically influence the whole production process and lead to lower production costs. We have created a rapid, simple, and inexpensive method for selecting high-producing clones in the yeast Pichia pastoris that is based on the(More)
G-CSF successfully prevents chemotherapy-induced neutropenia. Two second-generation drugs with improved therapeutic properties are already available and the development of new forms is still ongoing. For an efficient receptor dimerization two G-CSF molecules have to bind. Development of G-CSF dimers acting as receptor dimerizers was explored and their(More)
One of the major challenges when analyzing very low amounts of PEGylated proteins is finding a sensitive analytical method. Immunoassays are most frequently used, however, conjugation can partially or completely mask protein epitopes, which can substantially lower the response and influence the quantitation range. Here we describe a novel assay that allows(More)
A new PEGylation reagent enabling selective modification of free thiol groups is described in this article. The reagent was synthesized by attaching linear polyethylene glycol (PEG) N-hydroxysuccinimide to selenocystamine. The reaction was very fast, resulting in over 95% conversion yield. The active group of this new PEG-Se reagent is a diselenide,(More)
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