Hepatitis-B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) Powder Formulation: Process and Stability Assessment

Author(s): Yuh-Fun Maa, Mahmoud Ameri, Cassandra Shu, Cindy L. Zuleger, Jenny Che, Jorge E. Osorio, Lendon G. Payne, Dexiang Chen

Journal Name: Current Drug Delivery

Volume 4 , Issue 1 , 2007


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Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to develop a hepatitis-B surface antigen (HBsAg) dry powder vaccine formulation suitable for epidermal powder immunization (EPI) via an efficient, scalable powder-formation process. Several HBsAg dry powder formulations were prepared using four different powder-formation methods: freezedrying/ compress/grind/sieve (FD/C/G/S), spray-drying (SD), agarose beads, and spray freeze-drying (SFD). Powder properties and physical stability were determined using particle size analysis, tap density measurement, scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, and moisture content analysis. Physical, chemical and biochemical stability of HBsAg was determined by dynamic light scattering, an enzyme immune assay, and immunogenicity in a mouse or hairless guinea pig model. Out of the four powder-formation methods evaluated SFD outperformed other methods in the following considerations: good process efficiency, flexible scalability, and desirable particle characteristics for skin penetration. The stress posed by SFD appeared to be mild as HBsAg in the dry form retained its potency and immunogenicity. Notably, the mechanism of fast freezing by SFD actually promoted the preservation of HBsAg nanoparticle size, in good correlation with long-term biochemical stability. Among several formulations screened, the formulation containing 10 μg HBsAg in 1-mg powder with a tertiary mixture of trehalose, mannitol, and dextran, exhibited excellent overall stability performance. In conclusion, HBsAg dry powder formulations suitable for EPI were successfully prepared using SFD. Further, a systematic formulation development strategy allowed the development and optimization of an HBsAg dry powder formulation, demonstrating excellent long-term physical, biochemical, and immunological stability.

Keywords: Hepatitis-B surface antigen, HBsAg, Spray freeze-drying, Spray-drying, agarose beads, Potency, Immunogenicity

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VOLUME: 4
ISSUE: 1
Year: 2007
Page: [57 - 67]
Pages: 11
DOI: 10.2174/156720107779314758

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