Adv Pharm Bull. 2015;5(1):35-40.
doi: 10.5681/apb.2015.005
PMID: 25789217
PMCID: PMC4352221
Scopus id: 84924626861
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Original Research

Cyclodextrine Screening for the Chiral Separation of Amlodipine Enantiomers by Capillary Electrophoresis

Gabriel Hancu 1 * , Monica Budău 1, Lajos Kristóf Kántor 1, Anca Cârje 2

1 Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Tîrgu Mureş, Romania.
2 Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Tîrgu Mureş, Romania.


Purpose: Amlodipine is a long acting, dihydropyridine type calcium channel blocker frequently used in the treatment of hypertension and coronary insufficiency. The calcium channel blocking activity resides primarily in the S-amlodipine enantiomer, while R-amlodipine is a potent inhibitor of smooth muscle cell migration. Methods:In this study capillary electrophoresis was applied for the enantiomeric separation of amlodipine using different native and derivatized; neutral and charged cyclodextrines as chiral selectors. The effects of pH and composition of the background electrolyte, concentration and type of chiral selector, capillary temperature, running voltage and injection parameters have been investigated. Results: Stereoselective interactions were observed when using α-CD, β-CD, HP-β-CD, RAMEB, CM-β-CD and SBE-β-CD. Optimized separation conditions consisted on a 50 mM phosphate buffer, pH – 3.0, 20 mM RAMEB as chiral selector, + 25 kV applied voltage, 15°C temperature and UV detection at 238 nm. Using the optimized electrophoretic conditions we succeeded the chiral separation of amlodipine enantiomers in approximately 6 minute, the order of migration being R-amlodipine followed by S-amlodipine. The method was successfully applied for the determination of amlodipine enantiomers from commercially available pharmaceuticals. The linearity range, limits of detection and quantification, precision and accuracy were determined and the results obtained confirmed that the method was suitable for this purpose. Conclusion: It can be concluded that the proposed capillary electrophoresis methods can be useful for routine pharmaceutical applications with benefits of its effectivity, simplicity, short analysis time and low consumption of analytes, solvents and chiral selectors.
 Amlodipine  Capillary electrophoresis  Chiral Separation  Cyclodextrines
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Submitted: 11 Aug 2014
Revised: 05 Dec 2014
First published online: 05 Mar 2015
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