The retention properties of nucleobases in alkyl C8-/C18- and IAM-chromatographic systems in relation to log Pow

Haibin Luo, Chuanqi Zheng, Yuen Kit CHENG*

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In order to evaluate the differences in the partition properties of 35 structurally congeneric nucleobases of biological interests in octanol-water biphasic, alkyl C8/C18, and IAM systems, a comparative chromatographic study was performed. Comparing with the reversed-phase C8/C18 retention data, most of the purines possessed weaker IAM retention except for those with specific H-bond and/or electrostatic interactions. Quantitative correlations between the experimental log Pow literature values and the IAM, C8, and C18 log k were evaluated (R2 = 0.943, 0.794, and 0.767, respectively). Although IAM retention correlated significantly better (larger R2 value) with the log Pow values statistically, the latter was revealed apparently behaving more like (slope approaching unity) alkyl C8/C18 retention and hence also has the same shortcoming in under-representing analytes capable of forming short-term H-bond/electrostatic interactions with polar head-groups of phospholipids. A chemically meaningful structure-retention model (q2 = 0.824 and R2 = 0.968) was derived, in which the hydrophobic interaction is identified as the underlying factor for the retention of purines in IAM system modulated non-trivially by H-bond/electrostatic interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-261
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

User-Defined Keywords

  • C/C
  • IAM
  • Nucleobases
  • Octanol-water log P
  • Partition
  • Retention


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