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Journal of chromatography. A

Study on the kinetics of keto-enol tautomerism of p-hydroxyphenylpyruvic acid using capillary electrophoresis.


PMID 18021791

Abstract

The kinetics of keto-enol tautomerism of p-hydroxyphenylpyruvic acid (pHPP) as a model of alpha-carbonyl compounds in aqueous solution at room temperature (25 degrees C) was first investigated by capillary electrophoresis with UV detection at 200 nm. The two tautomers could be separated and detected within 3 min. Since the ketonization of enolic pHPP varied with the buffer composition and buffer pH, the kinetics of pHPP was studied under different conditions, and relevant distributing fractions of enolic pHPP, ketonization rate constants and half-life were determined. In addition, beta-CD played an important part in the separation of the two tautomers, thus, the interaction between pHPP and beta-CD was also investigated by electrochemical techniques.

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