LC/QTOF/MS/MS characterization, molecular docking andin silicotoxicity prediction studies on degradation products of anagliptin

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Graphical abstractHighlightsThe stress degradation behaviour of anagliptin was studied under different stress conditions.A validated UPLC/PDA method was developed for selective separation of all the degradation products.Degradation products were characterized by LC/QTOF/MS/MS.Activity and toxicity of all the degradation products were evaluated by molecular docking and in silico toxicity prediction studies.Pharmaceutical drugs are potential molecules with specific biological activity. However, long-term use of these chemical molecules can affect the human physiological system because of their increased levels in the human body. Therefore, identification and structure elucidation of impurities or degradation products should be taken into consideration in order to assure drug safety. The present study assessed the degradation behaviour of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor anagliptin under different stress conditions as per ICH guidelines Q1A (R2) followed by elucidation of the structure of degradation products. All the stress samples were analysed by using UPLC/PDA. The superior separation of drug from its degradation products was attained with time programmed gradient elution on BEH C18 (100 mm × 2.1 mm, 1.7 μm) column using 10 mM ammonium formate (aqueous) and acetonitrile (organic) as the mobile phase components. All the degradation products of anagliptin were characterized using LC/QTOF/MS/MS. In addition, the activity and toxicity of degradation products were determined through molecular docking and in silico toxicity prediction studies, respectively. The developed UPLC/PDA method was validated as per ICH guidelines in terms of specificity, accuracy, precision, linearity and robustness.

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