Ninhydrin reacts with some aminothiols to form spiranes adducts whose optical and chromatographic properties have proved to be useful for chiral recognition. Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry data along with spectroscopic analysis reveal that under certain conditions, in addition to the known single-spirane configuration, the spirothiazolidinic complexes can exist also as double- and mixed double-spiranes. The reaction was exploited to check the enantiomeric purity of two commercially available dosage form of D-penicillamine and to measure the aminothiol concentration in the urine sample from a subject under treatment with the drug. Separation of diastereoisomers was achieved on a C18 column in isocratic mode by using a mixture of an aqueous solution of formic acid (30 mmol/L)/acetonitrile (90:10, v/v) as a mobile phase. Diastereoisomers were detected by a fluorescence detector and mass spectrometer in short times and with a good resolution. Intra- and inter-assay reproducibility were under 4% with an average recovery of 98%. At a LOD of 0.01%, no evidence of the toxic distomer (L-enantiomer) was found in the biological sample and drugs.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2018|