Enantiomeric separation of the antiuremic drug colchicine by electrokinetic chromatography. Method development and quantitative analysis
Two analytical methodologies were developed by CE enabling the enantiomeric separation of colchicine, an antiuremic drug commercialized as pure enantiomer. Succinyl-γ-CD and Sulfated-γ-CD were selected as chiral selectors after a screening with different anionic CDs. Under the optimized conditions, chiral resolutions of 5.6 in 12 min and 3.2 in 8 min were obtained for colchicine with Succinyl-γ-CD and Sulfated-γ-CD, respectively. An opposite enantiomeric migration order was observed with these two CDs being S-colchicine the first-migrating enantiomer with Succinyl-γ-CD and the second-migrating enantiomer with Sulfated-γ-CD. H NMR experiments showed a 1:1 stoichiometry for the enantiomer-CD complexes in both cases. However, the apparent and averaged equilibrium constants for the enantiomer-CD complexes could be calculated only for Succinyl-γ-CD. The developed methods were applied to the analysis of pharmaceutical formulations but only the use of Succinyl-γ-CD enabled to detect a 0.1% of enantiomeric impurity in colchicine formulations.