VitriBlast™ contains hSA and it is most likely that DMSO oxidizes into dimers and/or oligomers since it has an oxidative effect and thereby creating disulfide bridges. The reaction is rather slow but, if DMSO and hSA exist together for a longer time, it is likely that these bonds are created.

Every hSA molecule contains a free cystein which could be oxidized. hSA also contains several internal disulphide bridges which can be opened and reclosed in another position, or react with another hSA-molecule (thioldisulphide exchange) due to the effect of DMSO. This could lead to a number of different combinations of hSA with an oligomer of hSA as the result.

Regardless of whether dimers or oligomers are created, hSA is changed to such a degree that it would not function properly as an excipient, since its tertiary structure is so different from native hSA.

In short: DMSO inhibits the function of hSA in the medium, although only if added to VitriBlast™ earlier than just prior to use.


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