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International comparability in spectroscopic measurements of protein structure by circular dichroism: CCQM-P59.1.

Ravi, J; Rakowska, P; Garfagnini, T; Baron, B*; Charlet, P*; Jones, C*; Milev, S*; DeSa Lorenz, J*; Plusquellic, D*; Wein, F*; Liqing Wu*,, ; Meuse, C W*; Knight, A E (2010) International comparability in spectroscopic measurements of protein structure by circular dichroism: CCQM-P59.1. Metrologia, 47 (6). pp. 631-641.

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Abstract

Circular dichroism (CD) is a spectroscopic technique that is widely used to obtain information about protein structure, and hence is an important tool with many applications, including the characterization of biopharmaceuticals. A previous inter-laboratory study, CCQM-P59, showed that there was a poor level of comparability between laboratories in CD spectroscopy. In a follow-up study reported here, we achieved our goal of demonstrating improved comparability and data quality, primarily by addressing the problems identified in the previous study, which included cell path-length measurement, instrument calibration and good practice in general. Multivariate analysis techniques (principal component analysis and soft independent modelling of class analogies) were shown to be useful in comparing large spectral data sets and in classifying spectra. However, our results also show that there is more work to be done to improve confidence in the technique as the discrepancies observed were partially due to systematic effects, which the statistical approaches do not consider. We therefore conclude that there is a need for an improved understanding of the uncertainties in CD measurement.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: circular dichroism, multivariate analysis, CCQM, protein structure
Subjects: Biotechnology
Biotechnology > Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Characterisation
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018 13:15
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/4770

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