When it comes to the purification of polar, water-soluble compounds reversed-phase chromatography is the most commonly used approach. However, because of strong stationary phase – mobile phase repulsion forces, the use of highly aqueous (90-100% water) solvent systems has been shown to provide less retention than needed. This issue has led to the development of “aqueous compatible” reversed-phase media.
In this post I explore if these types of phases are actually needed by looking at the separation of some very polar and low log P compounds using a “traditional” C18-bonded silica.
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Purification by reversed-phase chromatography relies primarily on a hydrophobic interaction of the molecule with the alkyl chains bonded to the stationary phase for column retention and elution through a partitioning mechanism. While this is certainly true for purification of peptides, surface area accessibility and media particle size also play critical roles in the resolving power of a particular stationary phase. The particle size influences the loading capacity, however pore size greatly influences molecular accessibility and therefore resolving power.
In today’s post, I will demonstrate how pore size can impact your peptide purification using flash column chromatography.
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Peptides, by nature, are composed of amino acids with potentially ionizable chemical moieties. The ionization state of any of these moieties can significantly impact the peptide’s chromatographic behavior, both in terms of peak shape and retention by the solid support. Peptide purification by reversed-phase chromatography, however, almost exclusively includes an acidic additive to the mobile phase solvents, maintaining the solution at a pH of 2-3 throughout the purification cycle. But have you ever considered trying an alternative additive in the mobile phase to improve your purification results?
In the following post I discuss the impact of mobile phase pH in the purification of oxytocin (CYIQNCPLG-NH2), a 9-amino acid peptide that requires disulfide bond-mediated cyclization for its biological activity.
Continue reading Peptide purification improvements with flash column chromatography by modulating mobile phase pH