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Impurity profiling of N,N '-ethylenebis-L-cysteine diethyl ester (Bicisate)

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A HPLC-UV-CAD method with a HILIC column for impurity profiling of the 99mTc chelating agent bicisate has been developed and evaluated. Bicisate and its impurities were separated by means of isocratic elution on a zwitterionic stationary phase using a mixture of 7.5mmol/L trifluoroacetic acid and acetonitrile (47.5:52.5 V/V) as the mobile phase. Five different bicisate batches of a manufacturer were tested using the method. In addition LC-MS experiments were conducted in order to identify the impurities. The predominant impurities found were the oxidation product (disulfide), the monoester of ethylene dicysteine and an unknown compound with an m/z of 293 in ESI positive mode. A new degradation product of bicisate, bicisate lactam, was identified during sample solution stability assessment.
Journal: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
ISSN: 0731-7085
Volume: 150
Pages: 132 - 136
Number of pages: 5
Publication year:2018