Microfluidic fast chiral separation of baclofen and phenylalanine enantiomers based on cyclodextrin-electrokinetic chromatography

Abdallah M. Zeid, Jenny Jeehan M. Nasr, Fathalla Belal, Mohamed Walash, Noritada Kaji, Yoshinobu Baba

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    A green chiral lab-on-a-chip cyclodextrin-based microchip electrophoretic method was developed for enantioseparation of baclofen (BCN) and phenylalanine (Phe) enantiomers for the first time. All BCN and Phe enantiomers were offline labeled with 4-fluoro-7-nitrobenzofurazan (NBD-F) or fluorescein-5-isothiocyanate (FITC) fluorogenic reagents prior to microfluidic injection in a dynamically coated polymethylmethacrylate microchip. The enantioseparation was performed using borate buffer solution (50 mM; pH 9.5) containing a dynamic coating polymer (methylcellulose) and a chiral selector of cyclodextrin (CD) family as the background electrolyte. The combination of sieving properties of methylcellulose polymer and inclusion complex formation properties of the cyclodextrins rendered a novel green pseudo-stationary phase for the microfluidic chiral separation of the studied enantiomers in short separation time. Seven CD chiral selectors were investigated in our study to illustrate the proposed enantioseparation mechanism in the dynamically coated microfluidic channels. The results indicated that use of a modified cyclodextrin, heptakis-(2,6-di-O-methyl)-β-cyclodextrin (HDM-β-CD), resulted in extra interactions with the analytes of interest, leading to extra resolution with high number of theoretical plates. Therefore, HDM-β-CD was able to separate the NBD-labeled and FITC-labeled enantiomers of BCN and Phe within short analytical time. Sensitivity problem of microchip electrophoresis was overcome by application of field-enhanced injection stacking which improved sensitivity to a higher extent by online preconcentration of the labeled enantiomers in the microfluidic channels. The method was fully validated and successfully applied for the assay of BCN enantiomers and Phe enantiomers in their pure racemic mixtures. Moreover, the developed method was applied for precise analysis of BCN enantiomers in pharmaceutical formulations and in biological samples. The extraction recovery values of BCN enantiomers in biological samples were > 87.5% and %RSD < 7.0.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number105770
    JournalMicrochemical Journal
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Spectroscopy


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