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Melmer M, Stangler T, Schiefermeier M, Brunner W, Toll H, Rupprechter A, Lindner W, Premstaller A. Anal Bioanal Chem. 2010 Sep;398(2):905-14. In contrast with conventional drugs, biopharmaceuticals are highly complex molecules with remarkable heterogeneity. Protein glycosylation is an inherent source of this heterogeneity and also affects the safety, efficacy, and serum half-life of therapeutic glycoproteins. Therefore analysis of the glycan pattern is an important issue for characterization and quality control in the biopharmaceutical industry. In this publication we describe a complete workflow for the analysis of protein N-glycans. The sample-preparation procedure, consisting of the release of the N-glycans by PNGase-F, followed by fluorescence labeling with 2-aminobenzamide and removal of excess label, was optimized to avoid alteration of the glycan sample. Subsequently, labeled glycans were analyzed by hydrophilic-interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) with fluorescence detection. The developed method was validated for analysis of antibody N-glycans. To demonstrate the accuracy of the method an antibody sample was additionally analyzed by an orthogonal method. The antibody was digested with lysyl endopeptidase and the (glyco-)peptides were analyzed by RP-HPLC-MS. The consistency of the results between these two methods demonstrates the reliability of the glycan analysis method introduced herein.