Reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) characteristics of some 9,10-anthraquinone derivatives using binary acetonitrile-water mixtures as mobile phase.

PMID 18804645


The retention behavior of 28 synthesized 9,10-anthraquinone derivatives in a reversed-phase (RP) high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system has been studied on a C18-RP column using acetonitrile-water mixtures as mobile phase. The influences of the composition of mobile phase and the solute structure on the retention times of 9,10-anthraquinone derivatives were investigated by linear solvation free energy relationship (LSFER) and quantitative structure-retention relationship (QSRR) analyses. Among different solvatochromic parameters of solvent systems, their polarity/polarizability parameter (pi*) was identified as the controlling factor affecting retention behavior of these compounds. A four-parametric QSRR model was obtained between solute structures and retention indices. Finally, a unified model containing both the molecular structure parameters and mobile phase properties was developed to describe the chromatographic behavior of the systems studied. The resulted QSRR models could explain and predict higher than 90% of variances in the retention indices. Among the solvent properties, polarity/polarizability parameter (pi*), and among the solute properties, HATS5v (leverage-weighted autocorrelation of lag 5/weighted by atomic van der Waals volumes, GETAWAY descriptors), Mor14p (3D-MoRSE-signal 14/weighted by atomic polarizabilities, 3D-MoRSE descriptors), GATS5p (Geary autocorrelation-lag 5/weighted by atomic polarizabilities, 2D autocorrelations) and R6u+(R maximal autocorrelation of lag 6/unweighted, GETAWAY descriptors) were identified as controlling factors in the RP-HPLC behavior of 9,10-anthraquinone derivatives in actonitrile-water binary solvents.