Physicochemical and biological characterization of a biosimilar trastuzumab

Carlos A. López-Morales, Mariana P. Miranda-Hernández, L. Carmina Juárez-Bayardo, Nancy D. Ramírez-Ibáñez, Alexis J. Romero-Díaz, Nelly Piña-Lara, Víctor R. Campos-García, Néstor O. Pérez, Luis F. Flores-Ortiz, Emilio Medina-Rivero

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© 2015 Carlos A. López-Morales et al. According to the World Health Organization, the incidence of malignant neoplasms and endocrine, blood, and immune disorders will increase in the upcoming decades along with the demand of affordable treatments. In response to this need, the development of biosimilar drugs is increasing worldwide. The approval of biosimilars relies on the compliance with international guidelines, starting with the demonstration of similarity in their physicochemical and functional properties against the reference product. Subsequent clinical studies are performed to demonstrate similar pharmacological behavior and to diminish the uncertainty related to their safety and efficacy. Herein we present a comparability exercise between a biosimilar trastuzumab and its reference product, by using a hierarchical strategy with an orthogonal approach, to assess the physicochemical and biological attributes with potential impact on its pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and immunogenicity. Our results showed that the high degree of similarity in the physicochemical attributes of the biosimilar trastuzumab with respect to the reference product resulted in comparable biological activity, demonstrating that a controlled process is able to provide consistently the expected product. These results also constitute the basis for the design of subsequent delimited pharmacological studies, as they diminish the uncertainty of exhibiting different profiles.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalBioMed Research International
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


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López-Morales, C. A., Miranda-Hernández, M. P., Juárez-Bayardo, L. C., Ramírez-Ibáñez, N. D., Romero-Díaz, A. J., Piña-Lara, N., Campos-García, V. R., Pérez, N. O., Flores-Ortiz, L. F., & Medina-Rivero, E. (2015). Physicochemical and biological characterization of a biosimilar trastuzumab. BioMed Research International.